Hull FC (Match betting – 9/4) coach Brett Hodgson has called on his players to show a positive mindset as they face defending Betfred Super League Grand Final winners St Helens (4/11) on Monday.
The Black and Whites were 6-4 up at half-time against Leeds Rhinos on Thursday thanks to Adam Swift’s (Anytime tryscorer – 5/4) try and Marc Sneyd’s penalty.
However, they crumbled slightly in the second period to lose 22-12 after Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, and Cameron Smith all breached the Hull defence.
Inconsistency has been the story of Hull’s season thus far, as they sit fifth in the Betfred Super League table, having won seven, lost five, and drawn one.
They face a very tough test on Monday in the form of St Helens who have lost only two of their 12 games so far, conceding just 96 points.
Saints (Grand Final winner – 15/8) beat Hull FC 34-16 at the Totally Wicked Stadium in May, with Jack Welsby scoring a hat-trick.
Hodgson is adamant his side will improve but accepts they must show more fight when the going gets tough.
“We’re not far away – we were good in parts, but need more resilience when things get difficult,” he said.
“We won’t wallow in this defeat (against Leeds) because we’re not far off. We know how we can get better and what we need to do in terms of being more resilient.
“It doesn’t get any easier against St Helens, but we have to go into the match with belief.”
Hodgson has kept faith with the same squad that featured against Leeds on Thursday with redemption on the players’ minds.
Kristian Woolf’s men will be without winger Regan Grace but second-row Sione Mata’utia returns following suspension.