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Chris Chester, pictured, thought Jacob Miller had no chance with his winning drop goal.

Chris Chester thought Jacob Miller had no chance with winning 50-metre drop goal

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Wakefield head coach Chris Chester thought Jacob Miller "had no chance" when he lined up the 50-metre drop goal that edged Trinity past joint-leaders Catalans in a Magic Weekend thriller.

The St James' Park clash was heading for a draw with three minutes remaining but, after Pat Richards continued his poor afternoon with the boot by missing a penalty, stand-off Miller slotted over an improbable one-pointer from the halfway line to give Wakefield a stunning 25-24 comeback victory.

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"I thought, 'What are you doing?'," Chester admitted.

"I thought he had no chance but he got it through the posts and that just shows the confidence of Milky at the minute. He's playing with a lot of confidence, enjoying his rugby and I thought he was very, very good again today."

Wakefield had to dig deep against a Dragons outfit eyeing outright top spot, following in the footsteps of West Yorkshire neighbours Castleford by overturning a 14-point deficit only to fall back behind midway through the second half.

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Mickael Simon crashed over to level the scores eight minutes from time and Miller sent over his first Super League drop goal to give Trinity their ninth victory in 10 matches under Chester.

He added: "I'm really delighted. We've not just come back once, we've come back twice in the game. That just shows the belief and spirit in the group. We just found a way to win at the end.

"On reflection probably a draw was a fair result but I'll take them (the two points) any day of the week."

The narrow win moved last year's wooden spooners Wakefield, who dropped the Wildcats moniker for the event, back into sixth place in the table and to within four points of a group of four teams at the top.

"What we want to do as a group is consolidate our place in the eight," said Chester.

"Nobody is getting carried away and once we're consolidated in the eight then we can start looking upwards. That's another step in the right direction today.

"Things are all rosy at this moment in time but we know there is going to be a rough patch along the way. We're just enjoying the ride. It's a great feeling."

Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous refused to blame the defeat on Richards, who missed three conversions before hitting the post with a penalty just before Miller's winner.

"That happens to all goalkickers," said Frayssinous. "I'm a former goalkicker and you get some days like that.

"I would never blame a goalkicker and I won't blame Pat. He hit the post at the end but we shouldn't have been in that situation."

Frayssinous, whose side had won eight out of nine games before the Newcastle showpiece, paid tribute to revitalised Wakefield, saying: "I've been really impressed with them.

"They work hard for each other and play good footy. Chris is doing a great job."

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