Diskin expects big response at Barrow

Diskin expects big response at Barrow

BATLEY BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin is looking for a big response from his players after they got their “backsides spanked” against Featherstone last weekend. 

The Bulldogs travel to Cumbria this weekend to take on ninth-placed Barrow Raiders.

Batley won the reverse fixture against Barrow 32-12 at Mount Pleasant earlier in the campaign but go into Sunday’s game on the back of a heavy defeat at Featherstone. 

And Diskin wants his players to improve in all areas of the field after a poor performance last weekend. 

“We need to improve all aspects of our game, we well and truly got our backsides spanked at Featherstone,” he said.

“Our approach to the game, the ability to carry out our game plan and individual effort all needs to improve. 

“We made some individual errors that were uncharacteristic and we know things like that won’t happen two weeks on the trot.

“We approach every game with the view that we are going to get a win but going to Barrow is no mean feat. 

“It is a game we are looking forward to, we want to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and try and put right some wrongs from Featherstone last week.

“We played well up until last week’s game, it was a bit of a reality check and now we will dust ourselves down and move forward.”

Barrow have only managed two wins from a possible 11 games in this year’s Championship. 

However, they have claimed notable scalps at Craven Park this year with a win over Leigh and a draw against Toronto. 

And while Diskin is confident Batley can come away with an important win, he isn’t expecting an easy game on Sunday. 

He said: “It’s a small pitch and it’s supposed to be a real hostile environment, with a passionate set of fans so we are looking forward to experiencing it. 

“They have got a big set of middles that carry the ball pretty well and they  get to the end of their sets exceptionally well.

“They stay in the game, they don’t go away, so you need to be disciplined for 80 minutes. 

“The team sticks with it, they have found a process that works for them and they don’t get bored with it.”

The Bulldogs will be without a few of their star performers for the trip to Barrow after they sustained a number of injuries at Featherstone. 

Michael Ward will be subject to a late fitness test after suffering an injury to his knee against Fev. 

James Brown will miss the next few weeks as he broke his thumb while Patch Walker is still struggling with a back problem. 

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