Andy Kelly ended his stint as caretaker coach of the Giants with an impressive 22-12 home win over Super League leaders Hull and said: “We did a good job.”
Kelly is next week due to lead the England Academy tour to Australia and will jet out having piloted his temporary charges to successive league wins.
Whoever takes over will inherit a side who still have slim hopes of avoiding the Middle Eights after a smart kicking game condemned Hull to a first defeat in 11 in all competitions.
Tries by Michael Lawrence, Tom Symonds and Jermaine McGillvary (2), plus three Jamie Ellis goals, lifted Huddersfield two places to ninth with 12 points.
“I was really pleased with the boys,” added Kelly. “After the Wakefield defeat (in the Challenge Cup) they worked really hard.
“They were also really honest about what went wrong and all you can ask players is that they accept some responsibility and try to put things right.”
First-team coach Chris Thorman could step up to become interim head coach and Kelly was quick to praise him.
“I need to mention Chris. He has worked tirelessly in the background.
“We played the right way and it’s testament to him,” he explained.
Kelly continued: “We needed confidence and belief in each other to keep going and finish the job. We kicked long and chased hard and the boys committed themselves to the defensive stuff. That was the key.”