BEATEN Huddersfield Giants boss Nathan Brown is urging his players to remain positive after suffering a heartbreaking 27-20 Super League defeat at Catalan Dragons.
Victory for Brown’s boys would have taken them back to the top of the table at the halfway stage of the season.
But they conceded a late converted try and drop goal to lose and Brown said: “When you come down here you need all 17 players to be at the top of their game.
“Unfortunately for us, we had only a couple who came into that category. I thought Michael Lawrence and Dale Ferguson were probably the only two to take real credit out of the game.
“As a result, the boys are a little down on themselves at the moment. I suppose that could be because it’s been quite a while since we last lost a game, but it’s no good slitting our wrists.
“The players shouldn’t be beating themselves up over it.
“We’re still joint top of the table (Wigan are leading on points difference only) and in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup, and we’d have taken that at the start of the season.
“It’s just a case of making sure we react positively to what happened, and make sure we learn from it.”
Brown admitted he was impressed with a lot of what the Dragons did.
“I thought they played well and deserved the win,” added Brown, whose reported no injuries.
“They’re obviously going to have a big say in the final places and they’re very tough to play against down in the south of France.
“It’s still a game I felt we could and should have won.”