BATLEY Bulldogs boss Matt Diskin believes it is time for his players to forget about their achievements last season if they are to challenge for a top four spot this year.
Diskin feels the attitude of his players has not been good enough in certain games this season – and that more consistency is needed from his side.
Batley lost their third game of the season in an away trip to Bradford Bulls on Sunday, making it three wins and three defeats from their opening six league games so far this campaign.
“We are struggling for form and we are struggling for a bit of consistency, the players are probably still riding the wave of the achievements from last year,” said Diskin.
“The players know they need to improve from an attitude point of view and I’m sure they will, last year they worked hard and showed great desire and I think at times they feel that they don’t need to put that hard work in again this year.
“We don’t want that Leicester City effect where you have one great year and then fall by the wayside, this team has too much talent for that and the attitude needs to be better.
“I thought we gave the game away on Sunday, we were ill-disciplined and conceded way too many penalties and we gifted Bradford all their field position.
“When you give a team like Bradford those opportunities they are going to score points, we know our application wasn’t good enough and we need to improve that quickly.”
Batley will travel to Toulouse for the second time in two months as they face Toulouse Olympique in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round tomorrow afternoon (2.30pm).
Diskin admitted that Batley were “caught cold” by Toulouse when they were defeated 44-6 in their opening game of the season and feels that tomorrow’s game is a chance for his players to put things right.
He said: “When the draw was made we saw it as a chance to right a wrong from earlier on in the year, we got caught out when we went there last time and Toulouse completely dominated us.
“It wasn’t a reflection of how we could perform and the players know that, they are itching to get out there tomorrow and prove a point.”
Diskin says that despite the ups and downs that come with being a head coach that he is enjoying his new role with Batley.
He said: “I’m really enjoying things at the minute, it is my first big coaching job and I’m getting used to the pressures and the roller-coaster that comes with it.
“We have got a good group of players, we have got a good environment and we know we can go on and achieve great things, we believe we can be a regular top four side.
“We need to work hard to get to that and like I have said the attitude and application needs to be a bit better, once we get that the players are going to take some stopping.”