Hull FC: Attitude of players decides our season now, says assistant coach Andy Hay
ASSISTANT coach Andy Hay says the attitude and approach of Hull FC's players is key to their hopes of play-off success.
Hull host Castleford Tigers this evening at the KC Stadium before welcoming Huddersfield Giants next week for the first round of the play-offs.
Having seen the team struggle with consistency this year, Hay knows Hull need to address that aspect of their game if they are to win three successive matches to reach the Grand Final.
Not since their unbeaten six-match run in March and early April have Hull won more than two games on the bounce.
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And, having impressed against Bradford last week, Hay is looking to see Hull maintain their standards tonight and until the season ends.
"It is down to the attitude of the players. If they turn up on game day then results like last week can happen," he told the Mail.
"There are not many times when everybody in your team turns up and plays close to 100 per cent of their ability. At Bradford that happened and it was a really good team performance. We need that to happen for the rest of the season.
"The players know they can get up to that level individually and as a team and the challenge is to do that now each week."
Searching for momentum to take into the play-offs, the Black and Whites have been boosted by the return to the squad of second rower Danny Tickle and winger Will Sharp.
With neither having played for months, and doubts over Kirk Yeaman because of a calf strain, there have been suggestions Hull could rest several key players tonight.
But Hay insists that won't be the case and added: "We need to go into the play-offs on a roll. We have seen it happen year in and year out where teams get blown away in the first round of the play-offs. You have to go in there with momentum and consistency.
"If players are not fit they won't play, but we will put out the strongest team we can."