Caretaker coach Andy Kelly is calling for a united front at Huddersfield Giants as they face a possible battle for their Super League survival.

Defeat at home to current table-toppers Hull FC at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday night would all but consign the Giants to the Middle 8s and a fight to stay in the top flight.

“The Middle 8s are looming for this club,” said Kelly.

“What the club has to come up with is a genuine collective effort.

“We need to find some form and the players, coaches and backroom staff all need to work hard and produce a united front to earn the right results.”

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A 31-30 Super League success at Salford in Kelly’s first game at the helm after the sacking of Paul Anderson, lifted hopes but a Challenge Cup exit in the quarter-finals against Wakefield Trinity gave the 55-year-old cause for concern.

“You only need to make one mistake in the Middle 8s and it could have dire consequences,” warned Kelly.

“In terms of form we are not there yet – in fact after the Wakefield game we are probably a long way fom being there.

“So we need to hit some good form and we need that to start ticking over really quickly.”

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