HUGELY disappointed Giants coach Jon Sharp has pledged to pull out all the stops in a bid to "re-motivate" his players for a fresh play-off push.
Sharp looked on in frustration as his side threw away the chance to reclaim a coveted top-six spot in the Tetley's Super League by losing 29-12 at home to basement side Castleford yesterday.
Sixth-placed Wakefield's expected defeat at Hull - they lost 38-24 - meant Huddersfield would have traded places with Trinity by beating the Tigers.
Instead they looked well below par as Castleford boosted their survival hopes by moving to within two points of Widnes, who host the Giants on Sunday.
To rub salt into the home wounds, the match was watched by just 3,231, the second-lowest home League gate of the season, despite the fact that kick-off was brought forard to 3.00 as a result of requests from the fans.
"There was a determined and very enthusiastic side out there, but it wasn't us," said Sharp, whose side have suffered 11 defeats in 15 in five in a row.
"Castleford are desperate for points, and looked like they were, but we should be too.
"We looked nervous, and in the first half especially, our rate of completion was poor.
"We hit the self-destruct button and put a whole heap of pressure on ourselves."
Sharp added "As individuals and as a team, we fell short of what we should be doing, and I'll be looking very hard at ways of re-motivating the players.
"There are five matches to go and we want that top-six place."