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Ian Millward calls for focus to be placed on Castleford's on-field performances
Castleford coach Ian Millward said more attention should be paid to his side's performances as opposed to their off-field matters after another encouraging display in their 28-22 defeat to Wigan Warriors.
The Tigers hit the headlines recently with the resignations of chief executive Steve Ferres, commercial manager Nick Fozzard, as well as Sarah Fozzard, the club's marketing manager.
But Millward has urged focus to be placed on his side's on-field improvement after they finished last season second from bottom in the table.
"I'd really appreciate it if all we did was talk about rugby league," said Millward.
"The off-season was all about being a competitive team and what the fans want is for this team to do Cas proud, regardless of the result.
"I felt it was really disrespectful to my players last week; there was a big
story saying 'club in turmoil - media manager leaves'.
"We'd just had a 17-all draw and a great game against Catalan and the whole story was about that. I don't think that's what Cas people want; they're a working-class community and they just want their rugby league team to be really competitive.
"The fans should be really proud of the players at the moment."
Wigan coach Shaun Wane admitted disappointment in his side despite the win, as they failed to build on their first-half superiority.
"I'm happy to get the two points but the manner we got them in I'm a bit disappointed with," said Wane.
"I thought we played well in parts, but we just weren't consistent enough. I'm glad we showed some steel in finishing it off, but that was definitely a get-out-of-jail card and you've got to commend Castleford for coming back."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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