Ride out early storm and Warrington may choke, says Hull FC coach Peter Gentle
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle believes his side will hold the advantage if tonight's play-off clash at Warrington is a tight affair.
The Wolves head into the contest with some again pointing the finger at them as possible play-off 'chokers'.
Tony Smith's men missed the chance to have a week's rest when losing at home to St Helens in the qualifying semi-final last week.
And that has left their season on a knife-edge in a knockout contest with the Black and Whites.
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Gentle is well aware of the expectation of the Wolves fans, who are desperate to see their side crowned Super League champions.
And with that in mind, he feels a close affair will work in his side's favour tonight.
"The longer the scoreboard is 0-0, I think they will be the ones looking at it, not us," Gentle said.
"Come 20 minutes into the game, if there is no score, our blokes won't be looking at the scoreboard. We will just get in the grind and get them at the back end."
Gentle has been quick to stress this week that defence will be key against the Wolves, and has warned the hosts will look to start quickly with a devastating opening spell.
"They tend to blow sides away early, as Wigan do, so there is a challenge there to stay with them early in the game and then build into it," Gentle said.
"Nothing changes for us though. We're approaching this as another game and a great opportunity to win.
"I am comfortable as we have enough ability to do something in this competition."
WAKEFIELD prop Paul Johnson has become Hull FC's latest signing for 2013, it has been revealed.
Although not yet confirmed by the Black and Whites, Wildcats chief executive James Elston said the 24-year-old turned down a new deal to join Peter Gentle's men.