BATLEY BULLDOGS coach Matt Diskin says that he is prepared to make changes to his team after a disappointing start to the season.
Barrow Raiders defeated the Bulldogs 22-18 at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last weekend, and the coach was less than impressed with how his side performed.
They now travel to Featherstone Rovers on Sunday (kick-off 3pm), who were narrowly defeated at Bradford Bulls in the opening round, looking to pick up their first win of the campaign.
“We’ve got a competitive squad so we’ll look at it and review it, and the players that don’t deserve to be there won’t be there; somebody will take their place,” Diskin insisted.
“I genuinely believe that this group can achieve something special this year. We were always going to experience adversity during the year and we’ve got it in round one, which I didn’t anticipate.
“As long as we can learn the lessons from that, as long as we learn from lessons in how to deal with your own individual preparation and make sure you’re turning up for the game in the right frame of mind, we’ll learn from that and we’ll be okay going forward.”
Diskin admitted that his side got their “just desserts” for a poor performance in week one.
“The errors we’ve made and the lack of respect we’ve shown for the ball and the competition didn’t allow us to deserve anything out of that game. We gifted that game to Barrow.
“We had really good field position (in the first half).
“There were a couple of tries from them in the break of play, but we should have been better with the ball. We had four or five clear cut opportunities to put points on the board, and some poor decision-making restricted those opportunities.
“I thought with the ball in hand all day we were pretty terrible, too many errors, not controlling, not building pressure, not being patient with the ball.
“And secondly, (with) our lines of runs and running people out, it was just a terrible performance with the ball in hand.”
Batley lost all three of their Championship meetings with Featherstone last season and haven’t won at the LD Nutrition Stadium since a golden point play-off success in 2013.
However, Rovers come into 2019 with a new coach in Ryan Carr and no fewer than 15 new players, including former Bulldogs Brad Day and James Harrison.