BATLEY BULLDOGS coach Matt Diskin has admitted that his side “isn’t delivering” as they look to recover from a disappointing start to the season.
They approached the campaign with high hopes after finishing 2018 on a six-match winning run and enjoying good pre-season performances.
However they have picked up just one win from their opening five games, and they fell to a heavy 44-16 defeat at Sheffield Eagles last Friday.
They return to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) to welcome Bradford Bulls, who have lost three on the bounce themselves.
Diskin admits that there is plenty of work to do and little time left to do it in if they want to recover their season.
“We’ll go away and reflect, watch the game a dozen times and try and find the areas to improve, but we’ve got to do it sooner rather than later,” he said.
“We had a really positive pre-season, we recruited exceptionally well and I think we’ve got a talented squad that isn’t delivering at the moment, and we need to make sure that they do.”
Diskin was left frustrated after the Sheffield game as the opposition turned on the heat and blew the Bulldogs away.
“In the first 20 minutes I thought we were really good, controlled the game and started really well,” he reflected.
“After that we were exceptionally poor and we didn’t deserve anything on that next 60 minutes. We made Sheffield look exceptionally good and we were very poor.
“Their back three, (Ryan) Millar, (Ben) Blackmore and (Josh) Guzdek, have played exceptionally well all year. First 20 minutes we handled that really well, but after that they were too quick for us around the ruck area and the game got too quick, to the point where we made them look like world-beaters.
“We’ve worked on trying to correct it but obviously not hard enough. We previewed those three, but we obviously didn’t work hard enough so we’ll get back to it and work even harder to correct some of the wrongs.
“It’s not as easy as we thought it would be. We feel like we’re making some real progress and we show glimpses of that, but it’s one step forwards and two steps back for us at the moment.
“With that, I’ve still got plenty of confidence and I’ve never lacked confidence in the quality of the squad that we’ve got.
“If you look at the team on paper we’ve got a very strong side, and at the moment it’s not working for us. But we’ll keep working hard away from the playing field and eventually it will click for us.”