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Anderson: Things will turn

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson admitted his side only have themselves to blame after blowing a 14-4 interval lead to lose 33-14 to Warrington.

"It's real simple," Anderson said. "We had 12 sets with the ball in the second half, as opposed to 20-something in the first half.

"We turned the ball over too cheaply in the first half and it got worse in the second half. We had some poor finishes to our sets.

"Warrington are a good team who have points in them. When you are continuously defending your own line, it robs you of energy.

"We were masters of our own downfall. We've got a fair amount of people who are not where we want them to be at the moment.

"We've got to keep working hard and things will turn. I'm confident of that because we've got a real good group of players."

It was a 10th straight win for Wolves coach Tony Smith over his old club but he insists his side are still far from their best after a sluggish start to the season.

Tough battle

"I'm not here to talk about what we've done in the past, it's about what we're doing at the moment and we were in a real tough battle in the first half," Smith said.

"I didn't think there was much between us and fortunately we were able to lift enormously in the second half.

"To keep a team like Huddersfield to nil for 40 minutes takes a big effort.

"I thought we still a bit disjointed but we had a new half-back combination this week and we didn't expect it to be fantastic straight away."

Smith's decision to pair Stefan Ratchford with scrum-half Richie Myler paved the way for Russell to make his first start for the club and he justified his call.

"Right through the game I thought Matty Russell was a real spark for us," Smith said.

"Even in the first half, the way he started the sets for us and brought the ball back gave us that spark we needed. In the econd half everybody picked up.

"We might even become a half-decent team if we get a good kicking game as well. We didn't have too many kicks up to the standard we are looking for."