Diskin takes blame for Bulldogs’ dismal form

Diskin takes blame for Bulldogs’ dismal form

BULLDOGS boss Matt Diskin says that he must take responsibility for his side’s recent poor run of form as Batley prepare to host league leaders Hull KR this Sunday (3pm). 

The Gallant Youths will go into Sunday’s game on the back of four straight defeats, with their latest loss coming away to Halifax last weekend.

The former Leeds Rhinos star believes that his players must begin to play more like a team and less like individuals if they are to avoid another defeat on Sunday.

“We are doing some good things on the field, but at the moment those are being massively over-shadowed by poor discipline and a lot of errors in defence,” said Diskin.

“For us at the moment it is an attitude problem, people are making conscious decisions to not do the right things for the team.

“As the coach I need to take responsibility, I am the one who is picking the players and the individuals to go out and get the results and at the moment the combinations I am picking are not buying into the team ethic.

“Some people and some big names are going to be in for a shock in the next couple of weeks because they are not doing what is right for the team and are working for themselves.”

Hull KR have lost only one competitive game in 2017, with Batley losing the reverse fixture between the sides 50-16 at the beginning of April – and Diskin believes that all the pressure will be on the visitors this weekend.

He said: “Hull KR have been in fantastic form, they lost away against Toulouse when they (KR) played a weakened side but they are a full-time team who want to make their way back into Super League.

“For us it is a chance to test ourselves against the best, nobody is expecting anything from us so we are going to go out and have some fun and see where it takes us.

“There is no pressure on the players, it isn’t easy on them at the moment as they are lacking confidence after four straight losses. No game is easy and you need to fight hard to get that confidence back and that is the position we are in at the moment.”

Batley were defeated 40-22 away to Halifax on Sunday evening and Diskin was left disappointed as he believes his side are not playing to their full capability.

The coach feels that a good performance from his team will be vital in helping to turn their form around and inject some confidence back into the side.

He said: “I sound like a bit of a broken record at the moment, I was very disappointed and I know we are capable of so much more.

“We have got some very talented individuals and that is how we are playing, we are playing as a team of individuals and at any level if you do not play as a team you will not get the results you need.

“We haven’t got the luxury to carry selfish players, we have got to get the right selection to fit the team culture and players who want to be part of a team environment.

“There are a lot of players who are playing for the team but are not playing to their full potential but when you are low on confidence that tends to happen.

“At the moment we are concentrating on producing a very good performance, we will still go out believing that we can compete but we know it is going to be tough this week.

“All I’m interested in is what the players can do for the team and that is the most important thing for us.”

Batley have a lengthy injury list with Patch Walker, Wayne Reittie, Will Maher and Shaun Ainscough all missing last week’s game and they are unlikely to be available this weekend.

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