Simon Grix's Hull FC victory declaration as side look to build on three key pillars

Hull FC interim coach Simon Grix.
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Simon Grix believes his Hull FC side are growing in confidence, with the interim head coach declaring that they will 'win at some point' as they approach the second half of the Super League season.

Set for a round 13 meet at Huddersfield Giants this Friday night, the Black and Whites are determined to end their 10-game losing streak, with Grix adamant that a victory will come so long as his Hull players keep on believing, working hard, and looking to improve.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Grix, who faces a Huddersfield outfit that have lost their last five fixtures, said: "The aim is to keep trying to get better. It's been tough so far, but there's no magic wand. It isn't going to change overnight, but we're trying to make small changes that are going to help us.

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"We're trying to lift the lads, and we've done that this week, and although we lost at Cas the other night, there was progress in certain areas of the game. Some of our lads probably surprised themselves that they are actually decent players. They've just got to pull it out a lot more often, but confidence is a funny thing. We've just got to keep building, learning, and working hard. It will come back to us.

Grix continued: "They (Huddersfield) will also see us as an opportunity to get their own confidence back. That feels horrible to say that, but that's the fact at the moment. On the flip side of that, it's double-edged, and they'll be slightly wary because we are going to win at some point.

"They've made changes as well, and off the back of losing a pretty big game, there's a bit of drama about that. We'll let them worry about them, and we'll worry about us. We need to get our house in order before we start thinking about anyone else."

Cutting a calm figure, Grix is relaxed about the situation as he prepares for his sixth game in charge, knowing full well that the only way Hull can get out of it is by sticking together.

"We've got a long season ahead of us, and we've got plenty of losses under our belt," Grix explained. "If we start kicking stones and getting after each other, it's really not helpful.

"The lads know that they are not performing at the level they are capable of, and they know they are hurting themselves. We highlight it, and the video aftermath doesn't tell any lies. We're honest about what we've done, but kicking everyone when they are down is not the answer.

"We have been pretty tight through this. We've got an expectant fan base with a rich history. We're not where we want to be, and it's been tough, but we are going to get better."

Challenging his side to produce an improved account from the off in West Yorkshire, the goal for Hull is not to wonder what might have been after the game, with Grix looking for his side to ask questions in attack, stand tall in defence, and ultimately produce a more disciplined account.

"I want us to be brave and not wait until we've been hit a few times before we start throwing a few back," Grix added. "We've got to earn the right to move the ball as well, but at the same time, if it's low-risk, then we need to look at challenging the opposition as often as we can.

"We need to play with desire from the off and get more organised. That would be a start for us, and then our discipline. We need to be smart and not give away avoidable penalties, especially play four or five ones in yardage, which are just killers that send you back down your end before you know it. Defensively, we can't clock off either. We need to stop the things that hurt us from reoccurring and, most importantly, control what we can control."

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