DISAPPOINTED captain Kevin Brown believes the Huddersfield Giants let each other down by throwing away victory at Hull FC.
Huddersfield suffered a heartbreaking 28-24 Super League defeat at the KC Stadium after conceding a late try to Kirk Yeaman.
Failing to gain possession from the re-start after Eorl Crabtree’s 75th-minute try had put the visitors back in front was at the heart of the winning score.
But with the Giants having also gifted Hull cheap possession for their other four tries, Brown knows the blame lies firmly with the men in claret and gold.
"We let each other down on the day, it’s as simple as that," said Brown.
"And until we stop having these lapses, then we’ll continue to make things tough for ourselves.
"Defensively, we were good, and we also did some good things on attack.
"But in this game it was different people making big errors to allow Hull back into the game, and that’s a bitter pill to swallow.
"When we were 18-10 ahead we were looking good, and I’m sure if we’d scored again it would have put the game to bed.
"But we didn’t, and that’s tough to take."
And Brown also admitted the manner of the defeat has hit the squad as hard as it did when they were suffering those recent demoralising late losses to Widnes and Salford.
"The mood among the players was pretty low after the game, even though we do feel we’re improving," he added.
"When you’re playing badly, you’ve just got to hold your hands up and accept it.
"But in this game we tried hard and quite a few of the boys played well, so we really didn’t feel we got what we deserved.
"We know we could have won it if we hadn’t been guilty of one or two key lapses, and that’s what we’ve got to learn from
"We’ve got a big game at Castleford last weekend and then the Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington.
"If we cut out those lapses then there’s no reason why we can’t start winning on a consistent basis again.
"We’ve clearly got the ability."
Please note this month’s Senior Giants meeting will take place next Wednesday.
It normally takes place on the first Wednesday of the month, but with the England v Exiles Origin International being held at the Galpharm Stadium on Wednesday, the Senior Giants will wait a week. Rugby League Express managing editor Martyn Sadler will be the guest speaker.