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Anderson looks for belief
Coach admits to crisis of confidence
New Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson admitted his team are devoid of any confidence, after they were defeated 35-14 by Wakefield.
Anderson, who replaced the sacked Nathan Brown after last week's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Warrington, watched his side fritter away a 14-6 lead, conceding 29 points in the last 29 minutes.
It was their eighth defeat in their last nine games.
Faced with the question of whether his side were facing a crisis of confidence, he replied: "If you look at the things that have happened through the week, you're probably right to say that.
"We managed to get ourselves 14-6 up but without really playing. We let ourselves down in a lot of areas.
"We tried to be too sideways and didn't build any pressure. We were too lateral, we were like a pair of windscreen wipers. We tried to go around them and, to their credit, they defended well.
The coach also confirmed that captain Kevin Brown has almost certainly played his last game for the club, after the stand-off, who is joining Widnes next season, underwent ankle surgery.
"It's something he's been managing and it got to the point where he needed to have it done," Anderson said.
Meanwhile Wakefield coach Richard Agar said he always believed his side were in the game, even as they trailed 14-6 after 50 minutes.
"The big message at half-time was to hang on to the ball," he said. "I felt we had gone alright. It was a really strong wind in the first half. We defended a lot of what they had to throw at us and I felt we handled their kicking game.
"I thought we defended really well in the second half. I can't remember our line being under threat too much.
"I was really pleased with our half-backs in the second half and all the guys we got from Huddersfield - Andy Raleigh, Danny Kirmond and Kyle Wood - had strong showings."
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