The Galpharm Stadium chief answers the questions put by Examiner RL writer Chris Roberts.
After that fantastic win at Leeds and securing a first win at Headingley in 51 years, has it been a case of trying to keep the players’ feet on the ground at training this week?
To a certain extent, yes.
The guys are definitely feeling pretty happy and confident at the moment.
But they all realise it’s hard work that’s got them to where they are now, and they also know that if we don’t keep working hard as a group, then you get yourselves in trouble, don’t you.
Everyone is entitled to feel reasonably happy about how they are going, but they all accept that as individuals and as a team we need to keep improving.
Do you think last Friday was the best so far?
It was definitely a good performance.
As we said in the build-up to the game, Leeds are still playing some dangerous footy, as the statistics show us.
They’ve been scoring a lot of points and a lot of tries, so to minimise them the way we did when they had plenty of opportunities against us was very pleasing to see.
On top of that, we also scored a fair number of points as well to go back to the top.
So, all in all, it was a good night.
Again, it was the team effort that held the key. But which individuals, if any, stood out for you?
Lots of people did really well, and we were hapy with the whole group, to be honest.
But I thought different people played really well for different reasons.
For instance, I thought Darrell Griffin probably had his best game for us this season, while the same could also be said of Graeme Horne and Shaun Lunt.
But I did feel everyone contributed on the night, and that’s the key to being a decent team.
You can’t play good teams and carry people who put in bad performances.
When you play the likes of Leeds and Warrington – which we obviously have in our last two games – you need all 17 to contribute to guarantee success, which was obviously the case.
If you’ve got three or four players off their game, the scoreboard can quickly change the other way.
You mention Graeme Horne there. Is it right to say he’s a bit of an unsung hero in the side?
There’s no question he’s an improving player, there’s no doubt about it, and he always makes a valuable contribution.
As I said, it was probably his best game for the club at Leeds the other night.
He’s learning something about himself and training, and I think his best years are ahead of him.
Horney’s a player we’re already thinking about keeping, because you always want to hold onto your good players.
Have the Rugby Football League been back in touch after your post-match comments?
No, I haven’t spoken to anyone there.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s done now. I’ve said my piece.
I made it perfectly clear on the night I’d like to see the half-backs looked after, and I didn’t just mean our own Kevin Brown, Danny Brough and Luke Robinson. I was just saying all the halves from every side in the competition deserve more protection from the officials.
They are generally much smaller than the rest of the players in the competition, they’re also the most important and there are the least number of them.
If you talk to any coach around the world, they’ll tell you that if you can get good halves, you’re doing well, and the best sides always have a full set.
Quality halves aren’t there in bucketloads and you can’t just keep pulling them off a tree, so those that are around need to be protected.
If one of your first-choice halves isn’t around, it makes life very difficult, as Leeds are finding at the moment without Danny Maguire.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott has accused the Giants of ‘cowardice’ and feigning injury as he launched a defence of his prop Ryan Bailey, who was sent off and subsequently banned for one game on Tuesday night. What did you think of those comments?
At the end of the day, Brian was just trying to look after his player ahead of his disciplinary appearance.