Defiant Paul Anderson still believes his Huddersfield Giants can make the Super 8s.

Second-bottom Huddersfield’s hopes of securing a top-eight finish were dealt a severe blow with Sunday’s shocking 24-20 defeat at stuttering Widnes Vikings.

It was a defeat which leaves the Giants four points adrift of the eight with seven rounds of the regular season remaining.

But Anderson knows a fifth triumph of the Super League XXI campaign against Castleford Tigers at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday (8.00) will still leave his side with a fighting chance of escaping a Middle 8s scrap with the top four Championship clubs in just over two months’ time.

“The Widnes defeat has obviously done us no favours at all,” said Anderson, in regard to his side’s Super 8s’ hopes.

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“But until it’s mathematically impossible to make it, we’ll keep on fighting.

“The No1 priority is to make sure we give ourselves the best possible chance by picking up as many wins as we possibly can.

“Our focus is taking it one game at a time, and we know that if we can beat Cas on Friday night – and get back to the sort of form we’d been starting to show in the month before we went to Widnes last Sunday – we’ll continue to give ourselves a fighting chance.

“We can’t worry about what anyone else is doing in the competition, we’ve got to focus all our attention on what we’re doing as a group and as individuals, and make sure we execute our roles to the best of our ability.

“If we do that, then we still know anything is possible. We definitely haven’t given up hope.”