Tetley's Challenge Cup: Peter Gentle hails staff and Daniel Holdsworth after victory
Last Updated: July 29, 2013 6:44am
Peter Gentle: Our medical staff worked wonders
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised Daniel Holdsworth, as well as the East Yorkshire club's medical staff, after they booked a Wembley date thanks to a 16-12 Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final victory over holders Warrington on Sunday.
Gentle hailed the medical staff whose work played a major part in Holdsworth's rehabilitation ahead of Hull's last four show down at Huddersfield.
"It was a six-week injury and we got him back in three. You can guarantee we would not have won without Daniel."
Gentle on Holdsworth
The Australian stand-off had been absent for a month with a calf problem but, after his outstanding display against the Wolves, will now face a Wembley showdown against Wigan at the national stadium in London on August 24.
Gentle said: "Our medical staff, especially our head physio Jamie Moseley, deserve enormous credit.
"It was a six-week injury and we got him back in three. You can guarantee we would not have won without Daniel.
"Overall, it was a gutsy performance. Losing Shannon McDonnell so early put a lot of stress on our interchange but I thought our forwards were exceptional. They had to play for extended minutes."
"We made too many errors. We're not a team that usually minds making them but we like to make them on our terms."
Gentle's opposite number at Warrington, Tony Smith, had no complaints about the result.
Smith added: "We made too many errors. We're not a team that usually minds making them but we like to make them on our terms.
"Today they were made in contact and on the ground and there were too many early in the tackle count, which meant we didn't build pressure.
"I enjoyed our start but we lost our way. Hull got their tails up and were very determined. They made plenty of errors as well but we couldn't take advantage.
"They deserved to win. They were just a little hungrier in defence and found that bit of energy when they needed to."