ANGRY Giants coach Jon Sharp last night blasted his side’s ‘poor’ performance against Catalans Dragons and admitted they deserved nothing from the contest.
Huddersfield let slip a 12-4 lead to go down 20-16 at the Galpharm Stadium in front of the Sky TV cameras.
It was the Giants’ sixth defeat from 10 starts and is in sharp contrast to the Dragons, who extended their best-ever unbeaten run to five matches and climbed to fifth in the Super League table.
The hosts almost snatched victory in the last minute when scrum half Luke Robinson was denied by a last-ditch try-saving tackle.
But an honest Sharp admitted a victory for his side would have been an injustice.
“I thought we were poor. If we had scored and won or drawn the match, we wouldn’t have deserved it,” said Sharp, whose side next face Wakefield at the Galpharm on Saturday (6.00).
“It would have papered over the cracks. We lacked patience and made too many errors.
“Catalans put us under pressure and kicked better than us. We spent too much time defending our line.
“There’s no doubt we lacked a bit of quality out there, which is particularly disappointing after the way we have been playing in recent games.
“It didn’t help that we had five quality strike players missing – and it showed.
“We were without our three Great Britain internationals (Aspinwall, Hodgson and Wild) and injured duo Rod Jensen and Shane Elford.
“Any side would have struggled without players like that.
“But that’s no excuse for losing.
“I felt we still had more than enough players who could have got us the victory against Catalans. It really was very disappointing.”
Sharp is expecting Jensen to be fit for next Saturday’s home clash against Wakefield, which will also be in front of the Sky TV cameras.
The powerful Australian winger was struggling with a back injury but had hoped to play.
It is believed that would have been the case had the Giants been in action on Sunday rather than last night, so the signs are encouraging.
And there’s also an outside chance Elford (tweaked hamstring) could also feature.