FRUSTRATED Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock is “sick and tired” of the club’s inability to win tight games.
The ex-England captain is likely to line up against Hull KR this Friday as they seek to atone for last week’s surprise loss at lowly Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Injury-hit Leeds had been ahead at the interval and again venturing into the final stages only to be undone by Richard Owen’s 78th-minute try.
“We had a lot of young lads in and they played well,” admitted Peacock.
“But I am getting a bit sick and tired of losing tight games at the death this year.
“We have lost three or four by two points. We need to put those games to bed.”
The 36-year-old refused to be too downbeat given Leeds remain just one point adrift of leaders St Helens – after their surprise loss at Hull KR on Sunday – and have a chance to reach Wembley when they play Warrington Wolves next month.
“We are still in a great position,” he added.
“Hopefully we’ll get some players back (for Hull KR).
“We’ve got a semi-final coming up and we are in the top-four.
“And we have only lost one game heavily this year; most of them have been very close, right at the death.
“There’s plenty to build on with these young kids coming through.
“We will look a lot stronger when we get players back.
“I don’t know how much of our salary cap we’ve got out at the moment, but we don’t want to use that as an excuse.
“I think Wakefield deserved the win.”
Peacock was impressed by the drive of their rivals who are now unbeaten in four games since James Webster replaced Richard Agar as head coach.
“Credit to Wakefield, they are playing well,” he said.
“James Webster has got them playing well and they are high on confidence.
“I want to give Wakefield credit, they played well and hung in there until the end.
“We played well with the team we had out. The young lads played really well, they dug in and they can be proud of their efforts, but I don’t like losing those close ones.”