Hull FC's attitude questioned by Radford
Hull FC's attitude was questioned by coach Lee Radford after top-five rivals Salford Red Devils defeated them 44-22 on Saturday.
A win for the Black and Whites would have moved them from fourth to second behind runaway Super League leaders St Helens and secured a place in the top-five play-off places.
However, they were undone by the Red Devils at the KCOM Stadium as Ken Sio, Lee Mossop and Krisnan Inu all crossed twice for the visitors, backed by further scores from Jake Bibby and Jackson Hastings.
Five of Salford's eight tries came after the break, while Scott Taylor, Micky Paea, Bureta Faraimo and Jordan Lane scored for Hull, who had led 16-6 at one stage.
The result leaves Hull on 30 points going into the final three games of the regular league season, while Salford are two points behind them.
Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons also remain in the hunt for a top-five place.
Afterwards, Radford said: "We could have secured top five but to turn up with that attitude, I can't tell you how disappointed I am with some of the blokes, with a game of that magnitude. They need to understand what tonight was.
"Now we play knockout football. One more individual has an off night and we don't get a second bite at the the cherry. Tonight was that insurance that maybe we could have an off night."
Salford head coach Ian Watson added: "It's worked out really well and we got two points. Catalans have lost and we have pulled away from them.
"Every player was outstanding today with their mental approach to the game. They've given themselves a chance to challenge at the back end of the year."
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