Giants coach Paul Anderson admitted his side lacked creativity after losing a dour derby to Wakefield and now look all but certain to finish in the bottom four.
Anderson was forced to re-shuffle his side after losing winger Aaron Murphy after 13 minutes with a badly-cut head, sustained as he dived from the in-goal area to prevent a drop-out, and skipper Ryan Hinchcliffe also went off with a rib injury.
“Murph’s got a fair old cut in his scalp,” Anderson said. “He’s gone straight to hospital and might need surgery.
“We then lost Ryan Hinchcliffe when he popped a rib cartilage.
“We were already down on troops and we’ve lost a couple more today.
“It was a very poor day all round.
“The game was very ordinary. I didn’t think there was much in it.
“We defended our line pretty well but I thought their kicking game just a bit better than ours.”
Huddersfield were boosted by the return from injury of stand-off Danny Brough, who scored their only points with a second-half penalty.
But the Giants remain second from bottom, eight points adrift of eighth-placed Widnes with only five games left of the regular season, and Anderson admits the qualifiers are beckoning for his side.
“It’s not far off,” he said.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester praised the character of his side after they ground out a 10-2 win that virtually secures them a Super League top-eight spot before the upcoming split.
Chester was delighted with the way his side responded to back-to-back defeats by Widnes and Salford to climb to sixth in the table and complete the double over the Giants.
Skipper Danny Kirmond, who joined Trinity from Huddersfield, scored the only try of an error-strewn game on 68 minutes after winning the chase to a delicate grubber kick from scrum-half Liam Finn, who added the conversion to two earlier penalties.
“It was a scrappy game but I thought we kicked the ball very well and our kick-chase was magnificent,” Chester said.
“It was our work off the ball that won us the game, I thought we deserved the win.
“It’s the best we’ve defended for a while, so I’m proud of the boys.
“We’ve not been great over the last two weeks but I thought we showed some character today. The boys really dug in.
“We’ve been fortunate that other results have gone for us in the last few weeks and this win takes us up into sixth spot.
“Teams below us have to win four out of five which is a big ask but we’re not getting carried away.”