Gutted Eorl Crabtree knows the Giants owe it to the fans to turn on the style in next Thursday’s preliminary semi-final play-off clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Newly-crowned Super League minor champions Huddersfield immediately lost pole position in the race to the Grand Final at Old Trafford with their bitterly-disappointing 22-8 home defeat to resurgent Wigan Warriors.

 

The Giants now face a sudden-death play-off clash to earn a tough away semi-final en route to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday, October 5.

And that’s a price Crabtree believes the Giants deserved to pay after their slack show.

“The way we played the other night just wasn’t good enough, it’s as simple as that,” said Crabtree (pictured), whose side will host the lowest-ranked winner from this weekend’s two knockout play-off clashes, which will be one of Catalan Dragons, Hull FC or Hull KR.

“We know we let everyone down with our performance, and that really hurts.

“The only positive from the other night is that we’ve got a second bite of the cherry next Thursday.

“This is our chance to put things right and get back to the form that helped us claim the League Leaders’ Shield.

“We feel we owe that to the fans, because they were fantastic the other night.”