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Super League: Paul Anderson was furious after Huddersfield lost at Widnes
There is a level of expectation around Huddersfield at the moment which we are failing to live up to. We have got to make sure we respond to that.
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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson accused his team of failing to live up to expectations after slipping to defeat at Widnes.
Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury scored in the closing minutes at the Select Security Stadium as the Vikings recovered from 20-12 down to snatch a 22-20 win in the First Utility Super League.
It was another worrying capitulation for the Giants - last year's League Leaders' Shield winners - after relinquishing a 24-6 advantage to draw with Hull KR last week.
Anderson said: "We got outfought. Widnes worked hard and got everything they deserved.
"Once again we made some things look easy and some things look very hard. Our concentration and attention has to be better - all round we have to improve.
"There is a level of expectation around Huddersfield at the moment which we are failing to live up to. We have got to make sure we respond to that.
"We probably need to do some practice closing games out. There was a little bit of indiscipline with regard to our systems. We have got to make sure we get a response."
Anderson had no issues over Hanbury's winning try, awarded as he touched down amid a swarm of players after Jack Owens was tackled close to touch.
He said: "He gave a try - no complaints from me."
Widnes coach Denis Betts felt his side thoroughly deserved their victory after a hard-working performance.
Betts said: "It is a fantastic win. We were missing some players but we have been working really hard and have just beaten a side that beat us quite convincingly last year.
"There is a great team spirit, great work ethic and belief. One thing we really had to work hard on was our commitment to defence.
"It takes a couple of years to get to this stage and against a very good attacking team - there are some talented individuals in that team - it was a pretty impressive performance tonight.
"The confidence they can get from that is immeasurable."
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First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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