Minichiello questions Watts red card

11 September 2017 17:58:53 GMTPlus10

Hull FC forward Mark Minichiello believes the decision to send off team-mate Liam Watts in the recent defeat to Wigan Warriors was incorrect.

Watts was shown a red card after appearing to make contact with the head of Michael McIllorum using his elbow.

We must now win both our final two games to secure a top-four spot.

Mark Minichiello

But replays suggest that the action may have been unintentional and Minichiello believes the team was unlucky to lose a key player for a large period of a game they eventually lost 30-22.

"He's looked up and the opponent has hit him and knocked himself out before anything has happened," said Minichiello.

"The defender is the one that shot out trying to blindside someone and Wattsy has done nothing wrong and just held the ball."

Meanwhile, Minichiello believes the Black and Whites can still make Super League's top four, despite a worrying recent slump in form.

He added: "We are confident with the guys we have we can do the job and it's still in our hands. We must now win both our final two games to secure a top-four spot. There is no reason why we cannot do that with the squad we have."

Hull made it back-to-back Challenge Cup Final wins with victory over Wigan at Wembley at the end of August and Minichiello is confident that the players are capable of adding Grand Final success later this year.

"Although we haven't won the last two matches since Wembley we can take a lot of positives, particularly the way we have fought hard for each other," he added.

"It was disappointing that we didn't get the result against Wigan but the effort was unbelievable."

Hull FC are 4.50 to win the Super League Grand Final, with Wigan available at 501.00 and Castleford Tigers 1.53.

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