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Super League: Daryl Powell praised Castleford's character after beating Hull FC
We'll learn a lot of lessons from it as well, which I think is great for us. Hull set up to defend us in a certain way and we didn't handle it real well, so if it happens to us again we'll hopefully learn the lesson.
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Castleford head coach Daryl Powell insisted the Tigers 'will learn a lot of lessons' after battling back to beat Hull FC 19-16 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The Tigers had to come from behind three times in an absorbing contest on Sunday as Michael Shenton and Marc Sneyd crossed before Frankie Mariano scored the pivotal try late on to make it five wins from five.
Despite the latest victory, Powell believed his side had not been at their best and he hailed their character to grind out the win and maintain their unbeaten record.
"I don't think we were great today, to be honest," he said. "It was probably our worst performance of the season.
"I thought Hull played well and put us under pressure. But we found a way to win and the character of the side is obviously fantastic.
"We'll learn a lot of lessons from it as well, which I think is great for us. Hull set up to defend us in a certain way and we didn't handle it real well, so if it happens to us again we'll hopefully learn the lesson.
"The two points are the most important thing and sometimes you've got to find a way to win when you're not playing well and I thought we did that."
Powell reserved special praise for Sneyd, who converted all three of Castleford's tries and struck a drop goal in the dying stages in addition to his second-half try.
"He's coming on, Sneydy," the Tigers coach added. "I thought his passing game wasn't fantastic in the first half but I think we only had two sets on their line.
"He's a pretty cool, calm sort of character."
Powell did, however, admit he felt Sneyd took the wrong option when he put over a drop goal to give Castleford a three-point cushion instead of keeping Hull penned deep inside their own half.
"I'd rather keep them 100 yards from our try line and not invite them in," Powell said. "They only needed four (points) to win the game."
Opposite number Lee Radford admitted it was a tough defeat to take after a committed performance by his Hull team.
He said: "They are the cruel ones to take. I thought some of the efforts from some of the players were fantastic and we probably deserved more out of the game than what we got.
"They (Castleford) go on bouncing and obviously we've lost another close one which is disappointing.
"It's becoming a bit of a habit, that was probably the third time it's happened, so it's something we want to eradicate real quick."
Radford had to do without prop Josh Bowden after he picked up an injury in the first half and he was concerned about the loss of another forward.
"We've got four stood in the changing room now who are obviously not available for selection," added Radford, who confirmed Bowden would go for a scan on his ankle problem.
"It causes a few questions, certainly."
First Utility Super League Table
|4||Salford Red Devils||7||7|
|11||Hull K R||6||4|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th March|
|20:00||Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings|
|Friday 27th March|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC|
|20:00||Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|20:00||Hull K R vs St Helens|
|20:00||Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants|
|Saturday 28th March|
|17:00||Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Thursday 2nd April|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Wakefield vs Catalans Dragons|
|20:00||Widnes vs Warrington|
|Friday 3rd April|
|12:45||Castleford vs Leeds|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 16 Hull K R|
|Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants|
|Friday 20th March|
|Leeds Rhinos 26 - 14 Wigan Warriors|
|Castleford Tigers 30 - 16 Salford Red Devils|
|Hull FC 33 - 22 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 19th March|
|St Helens 32 - 24 Warrington Wolves|
|Sunday 15th March|
|Hull K R 50 - 20 Catalans Dragons|
|Salford Red Devils 24 - 18 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Friday 13th March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 30 St Helens|
|Wigan Warriors 13 - 12 Hull FC|
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