Paul Anderson says the Huddersfield Giants need to start producing far more accomplished performances if they are to be major play-off contenders.
Huddersfield maintained their top-four challenge with an unconvincing 28-14 home triumph over Widnes Vikings yesterday.
That made it 15 wins for the season for the sixth-placed Giants with three games of the regular season remaining.
Anderson knows victories at home to Hull FC and St Helens – and away to Warrington – should earn his side a top-four finish.
But he admits a vast improvement is required if their season is to finish on a high.
“It was good to beat Widnes and get another win,” said Anderson.
“But at this stage of the season you’re looking for far better performances than this.
“It was nowhere near good enough for a side that’s got genuine ambitions of doing anything in the play-offs.
“To be honest, both teams were dire.
“We allowed outside influences to dictate the way we played. Widnes slowed down the ruck. I felt like I was going to play myself, it was so slow at one point.
“We spoke at half-time about being patient because there were opportunities all over the field.
“There was never a point when I thought we were in trouble. I thought defensively we looked pretty good all game.
“But we’re still looking for a lot more from the side in all areas of the game.”