HUDDERSFIELD Giants coach Paul Anderson feels his players are as positive as ever – despite Friday’s 35-28 Super League XVIII loss at Hull KR.
Second-placed Huddersfield suffered just their fifth top-flight defeat of the season at Craven Park and slipped five points behind leaders Wigan Warriors in the process.
The Giants are now just a point ahead of third-placed Warrington after the Wolves’ 82-10 weekend win at London Broncos.
But Anderson believes his squad remains as confident as ever, and they are already looking forward to bouncing straight back at home to champions Leeds Rhinos on Sunday week.
“There was an understandable sense of disappointment at the end of the Hull KR game,” said Anderson , whose side has next weekend off because of Friday’s England-Exiles Origin Test at Warrington.
“We got ourselves into a strong position at 22-10 up, and then allowed them back into the contest through our own errors.
“It was down to ourselves that we lost this game, so we know it’s something we’re capable of fixing up, and that’s exactly what we intend to do.
“We’re still as positive as ever. You’ve got to remember this was only our second defeat in our last 10 games.
“You always know at the start of the season that you’re not going to go through it undefeated.
“The key now is how we respond, and that’s something we’ve been able to do well this season.
“There’s no reason at all why we won’t do it again.”
Anderson’s squad will train today, tomorrow and Wednesday before taking a five-day break – their first of the season so far.
All 17 who played against Hull KR emerged unscathed, although there is an injury concern over rising Giants star Peter Aspinall, who suffered ankle ligament damaged during the Under 19s’ 34-22 curtain-raiser triumph over the Robins.