Peter Gentle 'satisfied' as improving Hull FC go down battling
COACH Peter Gentle believes his Hull FC side have shown they are bridging the gap between themselves and the best in Super League.
Disappointed to see his side's season ended with a 24-12 play-off defeat at Warrington, Gentle says Hull's performance proved they are not far off being genuine contenders.
The Black and Whites staged a late comeback at the Halliwell Jones after falling 24 points behind, but they never looked capable of saving their season.
Proud of his players' effort, Gentle called his first season in charge satisfying and says he's bullish about bouncing back stronger next year.
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"It has been a satisfying year. It is disappointing at the moment though because defensively we gave ourselves a real chance in the game," said Gentle.
"I thought we got better through the season and that gives us a lot of confidence. We are building a strong culture here and we showed we are not that far off the pace."
Having given a defensive display worthy of winning the game, the visitors were too ineffective in attack until the game was lost, much to Gentle's frustration.
"The effort was never in doubt and I knew the boys would keep going and I'm so proud of them for the way they hung in there," he said.
"We made life difficult for ourselves, but defensively we were very good. It all looks well for the future.
"We came with a genuine belief that we could cause an upset and if our execution was better we could have done that.We couldn't generate any speed at the play the ball and it was disappointing it took 60 minutes for us to work out what we needed to do.
"Our completion rate was poor and that is where the game was won and lost, but the boys did everyone proud though and the supporters showed why we have the best fans in the game."