Radford admits Hull must respond quick to save their season

Hull FC coach Lee Radford insists his side have to show a quick response to defeat on Friday night – otherwise their season may well come to an abrupt end.

The Black and Whites were beaten 23-6 at home to Warrington to surrender the League Leader’s Shield showdown to the Wolves, who finished top for the first time since 2011.

It means Hull’s hopes of the treble are now over, and Radford said his one positive from the game is that Hull can hopefully respond to adversity in the way Warrington did on Friday night, just a week on from their dramatic defeat to Wigan.

“I’m really disappointed with how we performed,” Radford said. “Credit to them, they dealt with the adversity of last week’s defeat to turn up with more juice in the tank than we did.

“If anything, that gives me a bit of hope that maybe we can use this disappointment for next week as they did.

“There’s a process within the game and at some period you’ve got to build pressure to put them under the cosh and for 40 minutes there was not building of any pressure.

“There were a couple of opportunities in the second half we didn’t take and the game is over.

“We were second best at a lot of things and we have to show a response on Friday night, otherwise we’re dead in the water. “