FULL-BACK Paul Reilly believes the Giants must start `toughening up' if they are to keep their Super League play-off challenge on track.
Although Huddersfield remained sixth, the final play-off berth, after yesterday's 40-12 defeat at Hull, Wakefield are just two points behind and Warrington three.
And Reilly fears that if the Giants don't pick up their form, they could soon be pegged back.
"This defeat was disappointing for so many reasons," said Reilly, who produced a superb defensive effort.
"We obviously felt we could come over here and win, but we felt that if we didn't, we'd only lose by about four or six points.
"So to lose by this far bigger margin really hurts.
"I know we're being hit hard by injuries right now and there's no team in Super League capable of playing on top form every week, but we did feel we could do much better.
"I think we really do have to start to stick together a bit more and show the effort and workrate we did at the start of the season.
"That will be achieved if we start toughening up, and hopeful we can do that by Wednesday when we play St Helens at home."
There was little wrong with Reilly's own contribution during the opening 40 minutes, however.
Twice during a torrid first half, the 28-year-old Huddersfield-born full-back pulled off trysaving tackles.
The first was a brilliant cover tackle on Colin Best and the second an incredibly strong stop on Peter Lupton on the tryline.
"I was pleased with those efforts," added Reilly.
"I felt quite quick going over to stop Best, and I always felt I had the right angle to take him into touch.
"The way I stopped Lupton was also pleasing, although I took a bad bang in the teeth in the process.
"I also took a bang on the ankle quite early on, but hopefully I'll be okay for the Saints game."