REGAINING LOST pride is Castleford Tigers’ aim for the visit of St Helens on Sunday.
The First Utility Super League round 13 showdown will come a week after Tigers were crushed 58-16 at home by struggling Hull KR.
Hooker Adam Milner described that performance as “embarrassing” and “absolutely abysmal” and he admitted: “We have got to put the wrongs right on Sunday.”
Tigers conceded 11 tries and were outscored 38-0 in the second half and Milner added: “We owe it to the fans, the coaching staff and ourselves.
“We have had some pretty tough words said about each other and we are looking to respond. That’s what it’s all about, it’s about moving forward and getting back to winning ways.”
Milner accepted Tigers’ fans had “every right” to voice their fury at the display against Hull KR, who had lost their previous game to Championship side Oldham.
“We are looking to give something back to the fans, because we owe them,” he said. “It is the second time this year we have been absolutely shocking, after Warrington away.
“To play like that, it is not acceptable. It is not us and it’s not Cas. Myself and the rest of the boys are ashamed of that performance and we’ve got to respond.”
Saints are coming off the back of a 38-34 victory over Leeds Rhinos and Milner said: “It will be tough. They had a good win last week so we need to knuckle down, improve our performance and get the two points.
“We need to make the Jungle a fortress. From now on we will be looking to win every home game.”
Rovers had been embarrassed by Oldham in the Challenge Cup and Milner said Tigers will be looking to bounce back in similar fashion.
“They got a shock to the system and we will be looking to respond exactly the same way,” he stressed.
“There’s no reason why not. We have got injuries, but the team we will put out is good enough to play well and everyone is confident we can do that.
“It is just an attitude thing. We have got to be consistent every week, we can’t go into games thinking we just have to turn up.”