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Smith stays focused after Dragons shock Wolves with win.

Catalans Dragons .......... 29 Warrington Wolves ....... 28 WARRINGTON coach Tony Smith was upbeat despite his side's 29-28 loss to Catalans Dragons - a side at the bottom of the table.

In a dress rehearsal for their Challenge Cup semi-final in two weeks, the Dragons tore up the form book as the engage Super league's bottom side defeated their high-flying visitors.

Smith said: "We started a bit flat, and I thought our opponents outplayed us and deserved their win - they showed great desire.

"There was some great desire in my team as well.

"We showed some great character to fight back on each occasion the Catalans shot out ahead, and to be honest I thought we were quite fortunate when a try was disallowed in the first-half and to me it looked like a good try.

"We were behind the eight ball from the start but we'll go away and lick our wounds and come back stronger for it."

But Smith did admit to being disappointed with his side's performance in the first-half.

"We had a good five minutes going into half-time but the first 35 minutes weren't terribly great for us.

"We got an opportunity to put on some points going into half-time but we didn't build on that, and that was disappointing.

In the second half we lifted ourselves at times, but in the end we left ourselves just too much to do.

"There were some areas that we became frustrated with, and we will have to go and fix those up and try and put in a performance next week."

Looking to his side's next fixture against St Helens, Smith was optimistic his players would pick themselves up.

He added: "It doesn't matter who beats us, we won't sulk about it, we get ready for our next game and we'll turn our attention to Saints after we review this game.

"We'll go through the process in the same way as if we had won tonight. I'm sure the boys will be ready for Saints next week."

Dragons coach Kevin Walters said: "Generally I thought it was a great effort from the guys."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2010
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