Halifax boss Karl Harrison believes his side deserved at least a bonus point from Friday night’s 31-18 league loss at champions Sheffield.
Harrison’s side suffered their second league defeat of the year and their fourth in five starts in all competitions as Mark Aston’s Eagles kicked on from a 14-12 lead early in the second half to clinch victory.
With captain Scott Murrell back in harness, Fax were vastly improved on their May form, leaving Harrison to take positives from the performance, if not the result.
“I thought we played really tough rugby league for long periods of the game, but when we made a mistake, they scored,” he said, whose side were denied a bonus point by a Dominic Brambani drop goal four minutes from time.
“I don’t think there was a great deal between the sides, and I think we deserved something from the game, but that was smart play by them at the end to take the one point and deny us the bonus point.
“I thought we were dominant in the middle of the park, we made metre after metre and we were defensively dominant.
“We had a couple of blips that cost us dearly.
“We came here to get the result and we’ve got a pretty beat up bunch of players and coaches in there.”
The night was a story of stark contrast for the opposing wingers and full backs, with Fax trio Rob Worrincy, Ryan Fieldhouse and Lee Paterson all making crucial errors.
But Eagles’ star number one Quentin Laulu-Togagae was dangerous throughout and scored a stunning second half try that put Sheffield 18-12 ahead.
“The best player on the field was their full back and our back three have all had better evenings,” said Harrison, who took the unusual step of replacing Worrincy midway through the first half as he struggled to deal with the Eagles’ kicking game.
“It was a difficult moment; Rob has been outstanding all season.
“I am sure he is a strong enough fella and a smart enough fella to understand he was having a bit of a ‘mare and that the team has to come first.
“Some of those mistakes hurt the team, which is unfair on Rob because he has been sensational for us this year.
“I thought he was great when he went back on later in the game; he showed exceptional strength of mind in adversity to do that.”