Hull FC came up short once more at the MKM Stadium as they lost 22-12 to a spirited Leeds Rhinos outfit.

Here’s a look at some of the talking points to emerge from the contest.

Creativity missing

Hull FC were on top for large periods of the game but they were made to pay for their impotence close to the Rhinos’ tryline.

The Black and Whites had plenty of time camped out in attacking areas of the field and they played some tidy stuff to get there, too.

They did find a breakthrough as Josh Reynolds’ lightning fast hands put Adam Swift over in the corner.

However, with the white line in sight they largely struggled to penetrate as Leeds withheld FC’s jaded attack and forced the home side to move the ball from side to side in search of a hole that couldn't be found.

Hull had their clear cut chances but, in truth, they were few and far between and, when the tables turned and Leeds enjoyed a period of dominance in the contest, they were punished as the Rhinos ran in three tries in quick succession to snatch the game.

The combinations of Marc Sneyd and Josh Reynolds didn’t click as hoped, while the creative input of Jake Connor was desperately missing as FC struggled to leave their mark on Leeds.

Wynne heading for a ban?

The head coach was happy to report that none of his players had picked up any injury worries during the contest.

However, FC could realistically be on the wrong side of a disciplinary ruling once more with Connor Wynne’s carry in the second half of the contest set to be scrutinised.

At first viewing, it’s easy to assume the full-back had simply bumped off the challenge of Richie Myler. Replays, though, showed Wynne raising his elbow and connecting with Myler’s face, knocking him to the ground.

The incident went under referee Liam Moore’s radar, but you can be certain it will be watched back by the disciplinary panel in the coming days.

Missed opportunity

The Black and Whites knew the importance of bouncing back from their win over Huddersfield Giants and getting back on the horse against the Rhinos at the MKM Stadium.

A result would have meant they enter a hellish period of three games in 13 days, including fixtures with St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons, sitting comfortably in the league table.

Instead they now find themselves needing a win, not just to buck their two-game losing streak, but to stay in the play-off places all together.

While Leeds have been in fine form lately, Hull won’t have many better chances to pick up points over the coming weeks.

A dogfight beckons

FC still have nine games currently scheduled on their fixture list, but unless they manage to beat one of the top sides in the coming weeks - something they haven’t managed in the Super League all season - they’ll be in real trouble.

A win over Leeds would have seen Hull sat in fourth with a cushion between themselves and seventh place, but they now sit in a group of three teams seemingly battling it out for the final two spots in the play-offs, alongside Leeds and Hull KR.

Of course, that can change and with key men such as Jake Connor, Scott Taylor and Jamie Shaul coming back into contention shortly, Brett Hodgson will be confident of finding form in the latter stages of the campaign.

However, unless FC manage to pull off a couple of shocks in the weeks to come, this season could be set for a tight and nervy finish at the MKM Stadium.