Brett Hodgson admits Hull FC have plenty to work on after coming up short against Catalans Dragons at the KCOM Stadium.
The Black and Whites were second best for large periods of the game as they fell to their second straight Super League defeat, losing 27-10 to the French.
Hull scored the first two tries of the contest through Mahe Fonua and Josh Reynolds, but they couldn’t hold out defensively and the Dragons scored four second half tries to seal the victory.
It was undoubtedly Hodgson’s toughest night in the job so far, but he hopes his side will learn plenty of lessons out of the defeat.
“I’m disappointed obviously,” he said. “Catalans came with a good game plan, they put us in the corner and they pretty much ground out an 80 minute performance.
“I thought we learned some good lessons on how to play against a top line team and unfortunately we came up short today. They had a solid 80 minutes and we have areas that we can obviously improve.
“I think in the first half, the way we wanted to play wasn’t out there on the field. It became a real muscle game up the middle and we wanted to move them a little bit more than what we did in the first half.
“We’ll learn from that and we weren’t strong enough mentally to come up with the answers at the back end.
“They were better than us, so we’ll look at areas of our game and how we can improve.”
The game was played out in front of 5,527 Hull fans, the first time supporters have been able to attend a Super League game in the UK since March 2020.
The atmosphere was electric at times, but the Faithful weren’t given the result they so desperately craved.
“The crowds coming back is brilliant and you could hear the atmosphere, they were trying to get us home but unfortunately we weren’t good enough today,” he added.
“Really excited about the next time, obviously its many weeks until we can come back here, but the next time we’re here hopefully we’ll to give a better performance to make sure they go away smiling.”