Diskin welcomes Bulldogs' week off

BATLEY head coach Matt Diskin says that this weekend’s break is “good timing” for his squad as they look to put their recent poor run behind them and start to climb back up the table. 

The Bulldogs’ Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Dewsbury means that they have a blank weekend.

Diskin admits he would prefer to have remained in the cup competition but is glad that the break will give his players who are currently out injured a little more time to recover.

“Ideally we would have liked to have been playing in the Challenge Cup this weekend but I think the break is good timing for us as we have got a lot of players on the injury list,” said Diskin.

“This week gives those injured players an opportunity to recover and be available for selection again.”

Despite the 68-4 defeat by Hull KR, Diskin feels his team are moving in the right direction and are beginning to re-discover the form that saw them score 50 points against Oldham and Sheffield.

The former Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos hooker feels that the “embarrassing” result on Sunday is taking away from the positive things his players are doing on the pitch.

He said: “The scoreline is embarrassing and there is no hiding that.

“I’ve watched the game back on several occasions and we did a lot of things really well but the scoreline has overshadowed that.

“We really controlled and dominated the ruck area without the ball and that is a massive step forward for us. Hull KR were very clinical and made the most of any lapse in concentration we had.

“The manner we lost in was bizarre and embarrassing but we definitely made some real positive steps forward.”

Diskin has admitted that his target of achieving the top four will now be very difficult but does believe his side will be able to win the majority of their remaining 10 games before the split into the Super 8s. He said: “We set our goals at the start of the year and we always wanted to be competing for the top four, but so far we have let ourselves down.

“At the moment the top four is getting further and further away from us, but we know if we put some really good form together in our final 10 games then we can give ourselves a chance of being in the mix come the end of the season.”

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