Hull FC: Bring on Warrington, says fired-up Gentle
PETER Gentle has welcomed Hull FC's big test tomorrow at Warrington by issuing a "bring it on" rallying cry.
The Hull coach says he can see the hunger is burning again inside his embattled team and they are ready to prove they are a better side than recent performances suggest.
Bidding for a first win in four matches, Hull head to the Halliwell Jones Stadium with a point to prove to themselves and their fans.
Gentle has welcomed that challenge and has backed his players to give the right response to their recent slump in form.
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"We've had a real soul searching couple of weeks and I think you'll see a real benefit from it," Gentle told the Mail.
"We have been embarrassed by what we have served up in the last few weeks. We know we are better than that, but it is up to us to prove that. The players are ready to go and I am looking forward to tomorrow's game.
"Warrington are a very good attacking side and a very good defensive team. It will be a big test for us, but it is a test we say 'bring it on' to.
"The hunger is there again. We've had a good preparation for this game and there will be no excuses from us."
A dramatic collapse at Wakefield last time out left Hull with just one point from a three-game period previously identified as key to the team's top-four chances.
But with a place in the top four still firmly in their hands, Hull are looking to reassert themselves on the league table tomorrow, by securing a confidence-boosting win against the second-placed Wolves.
Handed a two-week break to prepare for the test, Gentle used last week to push his players to the limit before switching attention this week to Warrington's threats.
Admitting it was important to get their own house in order first, Gentle says Hull are finally back on track.
"We've had a real good look at ourselves and what we have been serving up is unacceptable," added the coach.
"We are all aware of that and that's stating the obvious. We've had some really honest sessions and some tough sessions too.
"When you put in a performance like at Wakefield you want to get out on the field again as quickly as possible and this has been a long turn around. It hasn't been ideal, but it has allowed us to work on a lot of things and I believe we are back on track.
"We had a tough week last week, but there were reasons behind why we were doing that. It was to get the players fatigued and put them under pressure.
"We sorted out a lot of stuff where they were put under pressure and it was beneficial to put that sort of work into them.
"We had to get our own house in order before we focused on Warrington."