The pundits will get carried away if we win, says Radford

Hull FC coach Lee Radford believes victory for his side in Friday’s top-two showdown at Warrington would be a result that would see a few people getting carried away with the chances of his side in 2016.

Victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium coupled with results elsewhere could see Hull opening up a four-point gap at the summit, yet Radford is refusing to become carried away himself.

“The pundits will probably get carried away (if they win), he told the Hull Daily Mail.

“If we can perform well and beat a Warrington side on their game it would be a real shot in the arm for us, and that’s ultimately the aim.

“We are under no illusions of how tough it’s going to be. They’re a very good side and their left edge is hugely strong. Defensively we are going to have to be tidy, especially in our decision making.”

Radford also admits that it is going to be difficult on some players when he names his 17 for the game – admitting that “five or six” of his near fully-fit squad will feel unfortunate to miss out.

“We’ve a very healthy squad,” Radford said. “Getting a team out on Friday that we feel is best suited to play Warrington, there are going to be some tough decisions for us.

“There’s not a great deal in it and there will be five or six players not participating this week not having done a great deal wrong.

“It’s a great position to be in and I keep praising our medical staff who have done a fantastic job. To be where we are at this moment in time is really pleasing, especially compared to previous years.

“We’ve done it tough in the past but hopefully we’ve learned from some of our mistakes and had some luck as well.”