Hull FC: Embarrassed Gentle worried by lack of progress after Widnes debacle
A CONCERNED Peter Gentle has hit out at his under-performing Hull FC side and warned some will be losing their places.
Gentle couldn't hide his frustration after seeing his side comprehensively beaten 36-16 at Widnes.
Embarrassed by a pitiful second-half performance by the Black and Whites, the Hull coach admitted he's worried by the lack of progress from last season.
And with just one win from their opening five Super League games, Gentle says he can't continue giving his players any more chances to turn it around.
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"I am concerned because I have 17 players not doing a job at the moment as a group so I have to find 17 players that will," said Gentle.
"From where I am looking there is very little progress on last season and that is the concern. We have familiar faces out there making the same mistakes and it is time for change.
"It is not just one person, but as a group, and it is time to get some people out there who can carry out the job.
"The players out there are not getting the message so it is time to bring some players in who will.
"Our fans deserve a lot better, especially the ones who came to the game. But as a club we have to be a lot better and the personnel has to change."
Beaten at the Stobart Stadium for the second successive year, Hull's performance showed no signs of progress with their hopes of a top-four finish looking a million miles away at present.
Gentle is aware changes need to be made for the visit of Castleford this Friday to address a stuttering start to the season that took a nose dive on Saturday.
Despite leading at half-time for the second successive week, thanks to tries for Joe Westerman and a first Hull try for Ben Galea, FC imploded after the break.
A catalogue of errors, poor discipline and a lack of leadership and direction combined to allow the Vikings to score five second-half tries as Hull slipped further down the Super League ladder.
"It is a domino affect and when one thing falls apart it is infectious and it is affecting the whole team," added Gentle.
"We didn't give ourselves a chance. We had a shocking completion rate and we backed that up with terrible penalties and ill-discipline.
"There was a range of things. We are not even giving ourselves a chance to be in a game.
"We needed to grind the game out and we haven't got that in us at the moment. We are playing without patience and discipline and we have to address a range of things.
"We have to make changes. The whole half-time talk was about grinding it out and going set for set and that would be enough to get us over the line.
"Our first kick of the second half was charged down and we followed it up with three consecutive penalties and conceding two tries."
Scrum-half Brett Seymour endured the majority of criticism from the terraces after being handed a lifeline back into the team as Daniel Holdsworth missed again with a head injury.
His performance is likely to be his last in a Hull shirt for some time after failing to take his opportunity, especially with Holdsworth set to return this week.
Asked why Seymour was brought in after being overlooked in recent weeks, Gentle explained he felt his fellow Aussie was ready to take his chance.
"Brett had a solid week at training and I was keen to play the two hookers. The previous week I didn't think Brett was ready, this week I thought he was," explained Gentle.
"I think it is quite obvious we need Daniel Holdsworth back. To not have him and Gareth Ellis, leaders in their own right, we are missing them.
"But the players should still do their job and didn't."