Gareth Ellis admits it has been a disappointing season for Hull FC, although he sees no reason why the Black and Whites cannot finish on a high.
The East Yorkshire club suffered their 12th Super League defeat of the season on Saturday following a 35-22 defeat to the improving Salford Red Devils.
The loss means Lee Radford’s side are now down to 11th in the standings, four points adrift of Widnes Vikings who occupy the final playoff spot in eighth.
Hull have a tricky-looking trip to in-form Wigan Warriors on Friday night and Ellis knows they have to address turning the club’s ability into results.
“We’re a team who haven’t won enough games this year, which is clear to see by where we sit in the league table,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’ve got the ability, but just seem to struggle to find it at the right times in games. That’s something we need to address.
“We’ve got seven games left now, and we need to go out there and try and win every one of them. It’s been a disappointing year, but we need to finish as strongly as possible.”
Ellis sat out Saturday’s defeat with injury and the former Great Britain international was disappointed to miss out, even though deputy Dean Hadley impressed in his absence.
“I was massively disappointed as I’d not missed any games through injury this year which has been a real plus for me,” he continued.
“When you get to my age that’s pretty good, and I’ve only missed two games through suspension. To get to this stage of the year, particularly when we need a win and some good performances, not being out there on the field helping the team is really disappointing.
“It’s a matter of putting that to one side, and knowing I wouldn’t have been able to do a job while I was out there, so hopefully the lads that do go in get the opportunity to step up. I thought Dean Hadley had a great game.
“It just shows there’s always someone biting at your heels. He was fantastic, and certainly one for the future."