Radford encouraged by Hull progress

03 March 2018 09:02:16 EST

Hull boss Lee Radford feels his side are shaping up nicely following Friday's 21-12 win over Warrington.

The Airlie Birds picked up their second victory of the season, leading 10-0 at the break before the Wire saw Declan Patton sent off for a swinging arm on 50 minutes.

A Carlos Tuimavave try helped extend the advantage to 18-0 but the Wolves hit back through Jack Hughes and Ryan Atkins and were given a lifeline when Liam Watts was dismissed for a headbutt on Dom Crosby.

It's early in the season and we're trying to find our feet.

Lee Radford

However, Marc Sneyd's trusty left boot saw Hull home, sealing a crucial two points on a freezing night at the KCOM.

Despite the victory, the Challenge Cup holders still appear to be a work in progress and Radford admitted to being frustrated by the way they allowed Warrington back into the game.

The boss did see plenty of positives though, and is confident his side are heading in the right direction.

"I'm really pleased with the manner in which we went 18-0 up, but then I'm disappointed with everything after that," he told the club's official website.

"When you go a man down in rugby league, it can galvanize you in that you’re forced into making a play. And Warrington looked dangerous throwing the ball about. So I was panicking towards the end of the game.

"It's nice to get the win and have the platform to build on. It's early in the season and we're trying to find our feet."

Hull are 40/1 to win the Super League title in 2018 and 16/1 to lift the Challenge Cup for the third straight season. 

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