Brett Hodgson enters Hull FC ahead of Warrington Wolves clash Yorkshire News

Brett Hodgson’s team has lost its last three games. (Image:

The Black and Whites are coming off a week to forget, following their Challenge Cup loss to Huddersfield Giants with another heartbreaking loss at the hands of fierce Super League rivals Hull KR.

Hull remain well positioned to contend for the play-offs, but Hodgson knows patience is in short supply after a highly disappointing end to the 2021 season.

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“There’s always pressure and we were always going to have a focus on Monday,” he said.

Jake Connor shows his frustration at Craven Park. (Image:

“It’s easy to be very disappointed, but we’re still fifth in the table. We just have to find a way to win, whether it’s by a point against Warrington or whether we’re good enough to do better.”

“We have to have confidence in the system and what we’re doing. We have to give ourselves a chance by completing high. That’s what we haven’t been able to do in the last couple of weeks.”

There was an element of panic as Hull chased play at Craven Park, with Hodgson admitting afterwards that his spine had a bad day.

He wants to see more control and composure from his side, starting against Warrington on Easter Monday.

Lachlan Coote scores in the derby. (Image:

“A number of individuals continued to push themselves throughout the game, but some key men needed to be better,” Hodgson said before the meeting with his former club.

“Our backbone was off and they are the ones who control the game plan, momentum and field position.

“It’s up to them to understand the context of the game and if we’ve made a few mistakes in a row, we roll up our sleeves, kick to a corner and win the right hand again. That’s what we’re missing at the moment.

“So much of rugby league is between the ears and it comes in with the right mindset and is able to deal with adversity and pressure.

“We are under no illusions that there is some pressure at the moment, but we have to be better to give ourselves a chance to get out of it.”

“You don’t just tour and you don’t just find yourself out of these situations, we have to work hard for it.”

Hodgson is ready to shake things up after seeing the Black and Whites fall for a third straight loss.

Andre Savelio picked up a knee problem against Hull KR and will miss Warrington’s visit, while Carlos Tuimavave was struggling towards the end of his first Super League appearance of the year.

Josh Griffin and Ben McNamara also dropped from the team last week.

Jordan Johnstone and Mitieli Vulikijapani will appear after sitting out the derby, with Connor Wynne, Aidan Burrell and Jamie Shaul among Hodgson’s other options.

“We’ve got some players that are going to come back into contention,” Hodgson said.

“Carlos had cramps and Andre felt a snap in his knee. He was able to continue, but we don’t know what it is at this point.”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-17 17:00:22

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