Halifax coach Karl Harrison got the result he wanted but not the performance as his side romped home 48-30 against Swinton on Sunday.
Victory was never in doubt at Leigh Sports Village, the visitors playing some scintillating rugby league on their way to a 48-18 advantage with 20 minutes remaining.
But Harrison was clearly frustrated by a string of errors which repeatedly invited an adventurous Swinton side back onto the attack.
“I don’t like games like that, although the weather had a big bearing on it if you look at the other scorelines in the competition as well,” said Harrison, whose side are now two points clear of fourth placed Doncaster and two shy of second-placed Featherstone.
“We got off to a flying start, but lost our focus and our intensity a little bit and it probably ended up being what I would class as a weak performance.
“We were totally dominant early on and I think if we had controlled the ball better it would have been a totally different game.
“The message we gave the players was that we didn’t want a 50-40 kind of game; the scoreline would certainly have been a lot greater if we had played with a bit concentration.
“Every time they got in our quarter it felt like they scored a try, which was really disappointing.
“But at this stage of the season a win is probably a win and it’s another step closer to where we want to be at the end of the year.
“Doncaster have lost, Featherstone have won; nothing has changed really, we’ve got to play them both and it’s up to us.”