Diskin wants response after successive defeats

BATLEY boss Matt Diskin wants to put a disappointing Easter behind him as his side look to avenge last week’s league defeat against Dewsbury in this Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash. 

The Bulldogs lost both of their games over the Easter period as they suffered a hefty home defeat against London Broncos only three days after losing 20-4 to rivals Dewsbury.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls star has no doubts that his side are more than capable of winning on Sunday as they aim to advance to the sixth round.

He said: “I still think we had more than enough to get the result (on Friday) and I am confident we can do that when we play them again. We have got to be a bit more clinical with the ball and get rid of the soft one-on-one misses in defence.”

Diskin believes that Dewsbury deserved to win the game but was disappointed with the lack of discipline from his players.

“It was a tough one, we were a bit blunt with the ball, that was surprising because the last few weeks we have been quite good,” said Diskin. “I was a bit disappointed with a couple of soft misses on the edges for their tries, but other than that we were okay defensively.

“But there were too many errors and a bit of ill-discipline again. We could not get ourselves in the game, they showed more heart than us and deserved the result.”

Diskin feels that his players need to take some responsibility for Monday afternoon’s defeat after they conceded 42 points at home to fourth placed London.

He said: “As a group they are not carrying out what we are asking them to do at the moment so the group has to take some responsibility, as have I.

“The messages and plans we are putting together are not carrying out and we need to figure out why they aren’t.

“There is plenty of effort there as individuals and that is the problem – it is all individual effort. We need to be knit together as a group otherwise it is going to be a long season.

“We have some real quality and if we can get the group together and all pulling in the right direction we will be fine, there are no panic stations we are in a decent position and we will kick on.”

Diskin is still confident that Batley can reach the top four with plenty of games left before the Super 8s.

“We are still more than capable, it is still early in the year and we have just reached the half-way point so there is plenty of time left yet,” he added.

“If you look how open the division is, anything can happen at the moment. We are taking it week to week and want to get some uniformity in the team and then things will start looking more positive.”

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