Peter Gentle says KC factor can be massive asset to Hull FC in play-off clash
PETER Gentle says the 'KC factor' can be Hull FC's trump card in their play-off clash with Huddersfield Giants.
The Aussie coach has called Sunday's elimination match at the KC Stadium a thank you to the fans for their support this season.
Hull have lost just once at home in Super League this season, comfortably beaten by Minor premiers Wigan Warriors during an horrendous spate of injuries for the Black and Whites.
Gentle's men did also lose their Challenge Cup fourth-round game at home to Sunday's opponents, Huddersfield.
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But after a season of confident displays at the KC, Gentle admits home advantage will be a big factor in his side's bid to progress further in the knockout competition.
"We've played well at home this season and we are very comfortable there," he told the Mail.
"The ground is not going to win it for us, but it is going to play a part and give us an opportunity.
"The crowd will be singing and cheering and we need to feed off that and be on top of our game. We need to put in a performance so we can celebrate at the end about where we are going in this competition."
Hull's further participation in the play-offs hinges on them capturing an 11th home victory of the season.
The Black and Whites started the campaign with a draw against Warrington and, like in that game, also saw a point snatched off them late on when St Helens pinched a draw in June.
It means Hull failed to beat any of the top three at home this year, but with only that solitary loss, Gentle admits there is genuine belief of another home success.
Describing the home tie as a reward for their efforts, he also insists it is a reward for the fans for the part they have played.
Gentle added: "It has been a goal of ours for a long time to get a home game in the semi-finals and part of that is a thank you to the fans.
"You can't underestimate the part they have played.
"The fans get behind the team every week with their chanting and their songs and it really does lift the boys. This is a little bit of a thank you to them."
FC have confirmed the Mail's story that Ben Galea has signed a one-year deal.
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