Hull boss Peter Gentle was delighted to put the defeat to Hull KR behind him
Last Updated: 02/04/13 4:04pm
Hull coach Peter Gentle was proud of his side after bouncing back from a derby defeat to see off Wakefield 34-22 on Monday.
The Black and Whites were brushed aside by Hull KR on Good Friday and it looked like a similar outcome was on the cards when they fell 10-0 behind after 15 minutes.
However, debutant full-back Jamie Shaul started the fightback as Hull came storming back to go into half-time level before overpowering the hosts in the second half.
"I'm not relieved, just proud. We have been lacking a little of self-belief, I think you saw that grew as the game went on."
"We've all worked hard for it. We're disappointed from the other day," he said.
"Hopefully this helps appease our fans to a certain degree, it won't replace won't happened the other day but the significance of losing the derby wasn't lost on us.
"I'm not relieved, just proud. We have been lacking a little of self-belief, I think you saw that grew as the game went on.
"We've been guilty of playing not to lose and we spoke about playing to win and the confidence grew on the back of a very good kicking game in the second half and you saw us evolve as a team there this afternoon."
Full-back Shaul was the catalyst for their comeback with a superb solo try to get Hull off the mark before adding another score after the interval.
"It was a good game to bring him in on the Easter Monday. He's been back in training for a week and a half now," Gentle said of the 20-year-old.
"He's come off a slight knee injury, he's been doing very well in training and we had an opportunity today to play him and he was never going to let anyone down.
"It was great to be able to give him the debut."
Wakefield coach Richard Agar thought his side gifted former club Hull too many points and noticeably fatigued towards the end of the game.
"I think we looked a little bit tired and flat at times. We started the game okay but we went through periods of looking a little bit tired, which was surprising," said Gentle.
"It wasn't an overly fast-paced game and it was a very stop-start affair.
"The over-riding feeling is that we've beaten ourselves and gifted too many points to them in what probably should have been a tight game, the way both teams were playing.
"We've handed too many opportunities on a plate for them that they didn't really have to earn that much."