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Long: “We were out-enthused”

SEAN Long says Saints were simply ‘out-enthused’ in their loss to Widnes on Friday night.

“We’re very disappointed,” he said. “To put in two performances over the last week and then to turn up with the attitude we had was disappointing. Full credit to Widnes, it was probably the best I have seen them play in a long while. They played with a load of energy and we got out-enthused.

“I thought we had enough sets in that second half to post more points but we didn’t execute and that cost us the game.

“We didn’t throw enough shapes or challenge them enough. They defended well against us and showed more energy.

“We also got mugged in the ruck. Over the last week we have been playing really quick and fighting to get quick play the balls. They were allowed to do that and we couldn’t get on the front foot as a result.

“To be fair though we had plenty of chances to post points. The boys have been buzzing over the last week and have been training and playing well. The fans have been outstanding too and have got behind the team. But we took some weak options tonight and some short cuts we haven’t seen over the last few weeks.

“We have put in good performances against Hull, Warrington, Wigan and Cas and not against the so called lower teams. If you turn up with the wrong attitude or not the right attitude then you come unstuck. There are no easy games in Super League.

“We now must pick ourselves up for the Leigh game.”

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