PACK LEADER Andy Lynch says Sunday’s trip to Salford Red Devils has added importance after Castleford Tigers’ defeat at Widnes Vikings two days ago.
Tigers slipped a place to seventh in First Utility Super League following the 46-16 reverse. They are now just two points clear of second-bottom Hull, who have a game in hand and Lynch admitted the only way to put last weekend’s setback behind them is by coming up with a positive response at AJ Bell Stadium.
“It was very disappointing,” Lynch admitted of the Widnes defeat. “We were out-played in every aspect and Widnes wanted it a bit more than we did.
“Everybody got carried away with two wins on the trot, but they got the better of us. It was a massive game, but it makes Sunday even more important.
“Salford need to win, we need to win, so that makes it a massive game. We have got to knuckle down in training this week, get the video put to bed and crack on with what we need to improve on for the game coming up.”
Tigers have won just once away from home this season, but Lynch doesn’t believe they are suffering from travel sickness. He said: “Huddersfield was the last time we had a performance like that. Apart from that, all the other away games have been close.
“We lost at Catalans by one point and it was seven points at Saints. We got blown away on Sunday and that makes it more disappointing.”
Lynch also insisted Tigers’ lengthy injury list was not an excuse. “We have a squad capable of winning,” he stated. “We’ve got people willing to step in and go out and play.
“We were out-enthused and we were soft from one to 17. The attitude wasn’t there. You could go through everything, they just wanted it more than we did. I just feel for the 800-1,000 supporters who showed up to support us.”
Defence has been one of Tigers’ strengths this season, but Lynch admitted it was “all over the place” as Widnes ran in eight tries.
“Credit to Widnes, they played well,” he added. “We were poor, they turned up on the day and wanted it. Every game is a big game now and it has been all year. We’ve got to get back on the horse. We’ve got to put it to bed and show a willingness to work together and work hard to get it right.
“We have got to be more consistent. We had two good wins early on, then the performance against Huddersfield. We’ve had two good wins again, then the performance against Widnes. It’s a repeat of what happened early on, but we can’t afford to do that. Every two points counts.”