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Agar happy with 'ugly' win

Wakefield boss Richard Agar saluted his team's defensive effort after Paul Sykes' late try snatched a 24-18 victory at Widnes.

Sykes danced over in the last play of the match with Jarrod Sammut booting his fourth conversion after earlier tries by Chris Riley, Richard Moore and Henry Siejka.

Agar, whose side led 12-0 after 19 minutes, said: "We weren't too impressive with the ball but defended well.

"It was a scruffy game and both sides had plenty of opportunities to win it.

"But we were incredibly tough and determined although, had it gone the Vikings' way, we couldn't have had too many complaints.

"We had only one interchange left at the end and were under the pump but I was pleased with our toughness, resilience and determination.

"We conspired to make mistakes and it was nip and tuck all night, the momentum swinging either way.

"We killed ourselves at times and it was an ugly win but we'll take it."

The scores were level 18-18 when both sides missed two drop goal attempts each - Danny Craven and Danny Tickle for Widnes and Sykes and Pita Godinet for Wakefield.

Tickle was also off target with a penalty in a frantic finish after earlier landing two touchline conversions.

Widnes fought back to level 12-12 at the break with tries from Declan Hulme and Paddy Flynn.

Hulme bagged a second to make it 18-12 before Widnes plunged to their first home defeat of the season.

Coach Denis Betts said: "We should have won and a draw may have been a fair result.

"But it was messy and sloppy and we kept giving them chances.

"We've got to take these lessons on board. Our concentration levels slipped and we switched off.

"But our full-back Jack Owens was the best player on the field and Declan Hulme also played well.

"But we had enough opportunities to win the game."

Betts revealed Kevin Brown needed treatment for concussion adding: "Kevin seemed to get hit a bit late with a shoulder charge."