Halifax boss Karl Harrison admitted he was “disappointed” with his side’s relatively modest margin of victory in Sunday’s Championship derby with Keighley at the Shay.
Fax ran out 30-20 winners, the Cougars claiming a bonus point despite looking a distinct second best for long spells.
Harrison’s side scored six tries and had a seventh disallowed on an afternoon when they never really clicked close to the tryline, despite dominating other aspects of the game.
“It was extremely frustrating at times,” said Harrison.
“At times, I thought we looked extremely good with the ball, but for the majority of the game we struggled for fluency.
“I just thought we were a bit off. It was a slow game and although we made a lot of metres we didn’t always make best use of that.
“The reality is that we are still in February and we don’t need to be at our best until October, but I was disappointed we didn’t put them to bed because we were clearly the better team.
“We just didn’t have that killer touch.”
Harrison reserved particular praise for try-scoring full back Ryan Fieldhouse, who scored one try and laid the foundations for another with a searing 80 metre sprint.
“I thought Fieldhouse was sensational at times,” said Harrison.
“I thought Scott Murrell’s enthusiasm was good and Paul Handforth played well.
“The three half backs thing is a work in progress, we need to keep working on that.
“It won’t happen overnight.”
Harrison reported no fresh injury worries ahead of next weekend’s trip to York’s Huntington Stadium (3.0).