'Devastating' Defeat Ends Wasps Play-Off Hopes

04/03/2012 20:37

Hull Wasps coach Matt Fawcett said his side were "devastated" after they went down 69-56 at Liverpool on Saturday evening.

The Wasps were aiming to keep pressure on third-place Stockport Falcons to stand any chance of reaching the play-offs. The defeat however meant that Stockport’s win against Bradford Dragons on the same day, secured third-place for the North West club and leaves the Wasps looking for two more wins in a bid to secure fourth place.

“We’re all devastated after that performance” said Fawcett, who has seen his side reach top form in the past few weeks to deliver four straight wins before this game.

“We simply didn’t perform to our potential. Liverpool played very well and we knew before the game that this would be much tougher than our game in November. They are a good young talented side who have made some good progress this year. They deserved the win but we know we should have played better than we did.”

The Wasps failed to recover from a poor opening quarter in which they went down 22-11 before falling further behind in the second to find themselves 41-26 behind. It was a better performance in the second half but they couldn’t recover and ultimately lost the game 69-56.

The Wasps were missing some key players for the game through injury, including John Brignell, Miles Anderson, James Rayner, Liam Lacey and Soloman Ojapah. But Fawcett believes his side still had the ability to get the win.

“We missed some of our big men today but it’s no excuse. The injuries have hit us harder than I expected. We had the players to perform out there on the day and we simply didn’t perform to our capabilities. It’s disappointing but we must move on now. We have the chance to secure our highest league position in our short history so we must regroup, see what players we can bring back, and get another two wins to seal the season.”

The Wasps return home this Saturday evening for their final home game of the season against Mold Magic (7:30pm tip-off), before a trip to Bradford Maroons on Sunday in a bid to seal fourth spot.