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Powell looks to learn lessons

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."

Tough defeat

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."