Diskin ready to back up Sheffield victory

BATLEY boss Matt Diskin is keen for his team to make it consecutive wins for the first time this season as they host Swinton Lions at Mount Pleasant this Sunday (3pm). 

The Bulldogs produced an impressive performance last time out, scoring 10 tries against Sheffield Eagles as they cruised to a 54-10 win at Wakefield’s Belle Vue stadium.

“It was a good disciplined performance, Sheffield didn’t play great, they had a fantastic team on paper but they didn’t deliver,” said Diskin.

“Our boys were really disciplined and they were really clinical about how they went about their business.

“They were patient, we didn’t score any tries in the first 20 minutes, it was similar circumstances to the Featherstone game where we got frustrated and lost.

“Last Sunday the players were happy building pressure and we were able to put a lot of points on the board in a short space of time.”

Despite Swinton only winning one of their four games so far this season, Diskin insists that Batley will be not be in for an easy ride on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “Consistency is key for us doing well in this division and we need to back up wins now, Swinton are a fantastic team when you watch them they play some great rugby.

“They have got a good shape and dangerous men out wide and they are difficult to defend against, so it’ll be a tough task to keep them out this week.

“I think when you look at form you would say we are favourites but Swinton are a fantastic team who have recruited well and have been unlucky in some games where they have come up just short.

“We have a fantastic squad that needs to get some consistency and we still need to get some fluency into our play, like we did against Sheffield.

“We need to back that performance up, we have just got to concentrate on our job and the rest will take care of itself.”

Batley will aim to build momentum as they play Swinton and Bradford before they must travel to Toulouse for the second time in two months, as they were drawn away to the French side in the Challenge Cup fourth round on Tuesday evening.

Diskin was hoping Batley could have landed a home draw, but the former Leeds Rhino is keen to avenge their 44-6 defeat at the hands of Toulouse on the first day of the season.

He said: “Most teams ideally want a home draw, I’m not too disheartened as it gives us a great chance to right a wrong from earlier on in the year.

“We have a game against Swinton and then we play Bradford before we worry about Toulouse, for myself and my squad it is a really good opportunity to correct a disappointing performance from earlier this season.”

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