Hull FC boss Lee Radford says he was pleased to make it two wins from two following last night’s derby success, insisting that the victory shows how far his side has come in the last month.

Victory was less straight forward following the previous week’s comprehensive display at Headingley, but Radford says his side will take plenty from the arduous nature of the win,

“I was over the moon that it wasn’t pretty. We already got to the Grand Final and won the Challenge Cup after last week, so I’m bouncing that it was ugly and a bit of a reality check.

“I don’t think we would have won that 12 months ago, we would have got beat out there tonight. It’s a good sign.

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“We had four months to prepare for Leeds physically and mentally, we had four days to get ready for this one so I think we can accept a little bit of dip in energy levels.

“We just needed to hold onto the ball long enough to wind their engines down a little, we also had a four-day turnaround, the first four-day turnaround of the season and it was not as high tempo as last week.

The Black and Whites sealed victory with a late flourish, after having been locked in an arm wrestle with their opponents for long periods.

Radford said: “I thought we were in the latter stages the game. Until about the 60-minute period I don’t think we were.

“Credit where credit’s due, I thought they played better their way than how we played ours tonight.”