KC Pleased With Response

Alex Walmsley in action against Hull FC

Keiron Cunningham was pleased with Saints effort and committment despite them losing 24-14 at Hull FC last night.

“I was really pleased with the fight we had for each other and if we would have got the same effort in the last two weeks then we would have win those games comfortably,” he said. “Hard work gets you through little spots like this and the boys fought hard. We were clumsy with the ball in the second half but you can’t fault the effort and that is something you need to bring every week,

“I was pleased we got a response from the last couple of games and in those last couple of minutes it got all exciting and we were in a good spot at winning or drawing the game.

“You make your own luck but we got some tough calls again tonight. Two weeks in a row there’s a penalty try and this week we get one for big Al coming in and apparently hitting him (Carlos Tuimavave) with the knees.

“If that is a penalty try then you have to give that every week on Sky games.”

He continued: “I thought our start was good and to a man I couldn’t ask for any better. Hull is a tough place to come, but we displayed a good attitude and mentality and that is what you want Saints to show.

“The boys are in a dark spot because they wanted something out of the game but I am pleased with what they showed. There have been some good signs in the second half of the last two games so we will be happy to get back out on to the field and have a go at Catalan now.”

Keiron said he is expecting Matty Smith to return to action soon and that will provide a boost to the club.

“He is just around the corner,” he added. “The back bone of your side is important and sides that are playing well are fully fit in that area. We were running around with two young halves and no Jonny (Lomax) who is carrying a little injury. We’re missing key players and I thought Wilko (Jon Wilkin) stepped up today and run his blood to water. He isn’t a half back but fought hard for the club.

“If we keep fighting the way we did today then we will make our own luck.

“We will keep working and we will turn it around. We aren’t feeling sorry for ourselves and we will keep working hard at training.

“Tomorrow is a new day and next week is a new game.”

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