Lynch: Forget cup final loss
Andy Lynch has urged his Hull FC team-mates to put their Challenge Cup final disappointment behind them and focus on ensuring their season ends on a high in the play-offs.
The Black and Whites were comfortably seen off by Wigan at Wembley, 16-0, with Lynch and his side failing to reproduce the form that saw them stun Warrington in the semi-finals.
Lynch believes that the best way to get over the frustration of the cup final is to return to winning ways in Super League, starting with a trip to Saturday's victors Wigan.
"It is disappointing to lose in a Challenge Cup final, but we need to learn from it," the 33-year-old told the Hull Daily Mail.
"We're in the top eight and we need to show our determination from now to the end of the season.
"I know it's not going to be any consolation for the performance we put in, but a win at Wigan would put us in good stead ahead of the play-offs.
"It hurts to lose a Challenge Cup final, but there's no better way of getting over that than by going to Wigan on Friday night and winning.
"We need to bounce back and we can't afford to rest on our laurels just because we've lost the cup final. The hard work needs to start again now."
Hull have had little time to recover from the defeat in the capital but Lynch knows that the East Yorkshire side can ill afford to waste time feeling sorry for themselves ahead of Friday's clash with the Warriors.
"It's a quick turnaround, but we need to execute our game plan and do what we didn't do at Wembley," explained the Hull prop.
"It's a great occasion to play in a big final, but the fact is we lost.
"We need to get back on the horse and perform again from now until the end of the play-offs.
"Hopefully, if we can do that we end up in the Grand Final at end of the year.
"As players, that's what we have to focus on. Playing well and winning games."