Hull FC 'ready to achieve something special' at Warrington, says Peter Gentle
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle says his side is 'relaxed, confident, and ready to achieve something special' for the club.
The Black and Whites head to face Warrington tomorrow with Gentle admitting his side are the massive underdogs.
But having been impressed with his side's form in three successive victories – and the air of confidence within the camp – Gentle feels something special is brewing.
"The players are excited and there is a real belief that we can accomplish something pretty special here," Gentle said.
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"We are relaxed, we are confident and there is a calmness throughout the group.
"Perhaps a better word than momentum is confidence. We know what we are doing well and we know what we need to improve if we are still going to be here in a couple of weeks time, but there is a real confidence about the place."
Hull have hit the headlines for their attacking play in victories over Bradford, Castleford and Huddersfield.
The Black and Whites have run in more than 150 points as their attack has found its flow, however, it has been the defensive steel of his side which has impressed the Aussie coach.
That is something he knows Hull will need in abundance if they are to topple the Wolves, who ended Super League in second place, and were only out-scored by league leaders Wigan.
"We have only conceded five tries in the last three weeks, so there is a real confidence about our defence" Gentle said.
"We are getting that steel in our defensive line and that attitude back there, which you would expect at this time of year.
"Warrington have a good squad. If you concentrate on one player, another one jumps up, so it's going to be a team defensive effort.
"It doesn't have to be as good as last week, it needs to be better. There are little things there we have identified that need to be better."
With the Wolves having ended the season four places and nine points ahead of his Hull side, Gentle accepts few outside the KC Stadium will give his men much hope this weekend.
However, he insists there is a very different feeling within the camp, with an expectation of 'something special' happening in the coming weeks.
"I know the bookies will have us as rank outsiders, but we genuinely believe that we can do it," he said.
"To go to Warrington, there is an opportunity to do something special.
"There's expectation from within, but there is no pressure on us at all, we are confident, we are calm and we are excited about it. We want to play now.
"We keep coming back to the word confidence. We are confident in each others' ability at the minute.
"It's a real team effort and one to 17 are all playing a part in this every week. Pretty much one to 17 are on top of their game at the minute."