Andy Lynch: 'Electric' Friday nights will lift Hull FC standard
HULL FC captain Andy Lynch believes the 'electric atmosphere' of Friday night rugby at the KC Stadium can help lift the level of his side's displays next season.
Lynch has experienced facing the Black and Whites under the lights at the KC on many occasions throughout his career.
Now, the club has taken the decision to move back to evening games next season, after a year experimenting with Sunday afternoons, in a bid to increase attendances.
Lynch is confident it can have the desired effect on numbers through the turnstiles, but is hopeful it will also have an impact on the field during games.
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"We are back on Friday nights at home next season and the atmosphere at the KC on a Friday is electric," Lynch told the Mail.
"I always enjoyed it when I came here with Bradford, so I'm looking forward to that.
"We only lost once at home in the league last season, which is good going.
"The fans here help massively and we need to keep the KC a fortress and improve on last year's great home record if we can."
Lynch admits a big focus for Hull when they return for pre-season training will be ensuring they take their home form on the road more often.
Losses to some of the competition's so called lesser teams proved damaging to Hull's hopes of making the top four, often as a result of FC playing below par, rather than the impressive displays of their opponents.
"We need to do it away from home too though. Salford, Wakefield, Widnes, there were too many poor performances away from home," Lynch admitted.
"I can't put my finger on why we didn't have a good away record.
"It is just a field, no matter where we are playing it's the same, and we need to be better away from home next year."
Lynch also says Hull will have to examine why their campaign went off the rails for a period mid-season, insisting a mounting injury list, with coach Peter Gentle missing more than 10 first-team candidates at one stage, was not an excuse.
"I thought we started really well and until Easter we were playing really well and pushing at the top of the league," he said.
"We hit mid-season and there was a dip in form.
"We had the injuries, but I'm not blaming them because it was a dip in form that hit us. "We have to get the consistency right next season and play for the full 80 minutes.
"We conceded a lot of points in the last 10 or 15 minutes of games last season and we dropped points because of that.
"We were dropping off and teams were scoring against us and that is an area we need to work on."