Diskin rues ‘amateurish’ Bulldogs show

Diskin rues ‘amateurish’ Bulldogs show

MATT DISKIN was left to rue Batley’s “amateurish” mistakes in their defeat to York City Knights.

The Bulldogs matched York’s five tries in a narrow defeat, with Johnny Campbell and Lewis Bienek both scoring twice.

Their coach was disappointed with the errors that ultimately cost them though, despite a late fightback which saw them come close to snatching the points.

“It would have been great, but it would have masked some of the issues. If we want to achieve as a group, we can’t keep dishing up those simple mistakes as we’re doing at the moment,” he said.

“As a coach, if it was from overplaying with some expansive rugby then I could take that on the chin because we’re trying to play, but the errors that we’re making are things that school kids don’t do.

“We did some really good things with the ball in hand, we played way better football than York did, but some of the stuff we dished up was amateurish, like scoring a try then knocking on in the next set.

“We physically gifted them 16 points with cheap, poor rugby. That sort of stuff doesn’t happen at under-9s. We got what we deserved because you can’t make that many errors and be that ill-disciplined and deserve to win games.

“We gifted a lot of field position, a lot of play-four or play-five penalties which is just dumb, and the errors we made in backfield were gifts.

“The tries that they did score in open play were really soft, so to say I’m disappointed is an understatement. We did play the better rugby I thought, but you can’t win games by making the poor errors that we’re doing.”

Their defeat at Doncaster in the last round of the Challenge Cup means that the Bulldogs have a weekend off for the first time since the start of the season.

While it’s an opportunity to recover from the bruising Easter period ahead of a derby clash with Dewsbury at the Summer Bash, Diskin insists his side will be hard at work.

“We can’t afford to have any time off at the moment,” he said.

“We need to look at the basics, we need to make sure that the lads are doing better than they are at the moment.”

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