Radford never concerned despite Leeds’ fightback

Lee Radford insisted he had no major concerns when his side surrendered a 14-0 lead against Leeds.

The Black and Whites looked comfortable when two Jake Connor tries and another from Bureta Faraimo had put them ahead.

But they were forced to come from behind, with Carlos Tuimavave’s try and Marc Sneyd’s drop goal eventually handing them victory.

Hull were good value for their win, and Radford expressed his satisfaction at their performance, despite throwing away their initial lead.

“I’m really proud and pleased with that result. Our effort level was phenomenal.

“You’re never going to do it easy against Leeds. Regardless of how they play, they will always have an impressive spell in the game and we dealt with that well.

“It no coincidence we haven’t done too well against them in the last the last ten years. They’re a top side and I told the boys we had to be red hot tonight, and we was.

“We had to not allow them to start quick, and instead it was us who had the quick start.

“I was confident we could come back when we went behind. I was disappointed with the penalties we conceded in that second-half period. But to pull through that and win is really impressive.

Radford was particularly pleased with the performance of halfbacks Albert Kelly and Marc Sneyd.

“Albert Kelly was sensational in defence. His effort was tidy and he did a really good job on the edge.

“That’s what Sneyd is in our side for. He brings composure and execution. He’s done it so many times for us now and it’s massively pleasing every time. He has the execution to kill a game off.

“To bring two international captains into your side in Minichiello and Manu is huge, but Dean Hadley had been our best player before he got injured and I feel he continued that form tonight. We just have to keep them players on the field.”