Kear remains optimistic over his side's prospects

BATLEY BULLDOGS coach John Kear insists his side don’t have to feel like victims following a narrow defeat to Bradford Bulls.

After the game, which the Bulldogs lost by a single point, Kear was incensed that Jay Pitts’ try was allowed to stand and as a result the experienced coach had lengthy talks with match review panel member Steve Presley.

“I was angered by the decision (to allow Pitts’ try) but I’ve calmed down now and on reflection we’re still in a good place,” said Kear.

“Everything is in our own hands and despite us being very disappointed we know we can bounce back and get in the top four.

“The Bradford game was vital and we didn’t get the win, but we have reviewed it thoroughly and taken the positives from it, as well as highlighting areas for improvement like we do every week.

“Now our focus is firmly on Dewsbury and we need to be very well prepared because this fixture is never easy.”

Going into the third Heavy Woollen derby of the season, Kear is likely to be without Luke Blake, who had to leave the field at the Provident Stadium after taking a knee in the back.

It was later revealed that the hooker suffered bruising to his kidneys.

But Kear was happy with the fitness of Alex Rowe, who has reportedly trained well this week and is staking a claim for selection in Sunday’s showdown at Mount Pleasant (3pm).

Batley Bulldogs fans could quickly forget the disappointment they felt after the game against Bradford if their side bag a third win of the season against old rivals Dewsbury.

Batley won 44-30 at the Tetley’s Stadium in a thrilling contest on Good Friday before narrowly edging out their old foes 28-24 at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.

A victory would also give the Bulldogs a place back in the top four as close rivals Bradford and Halifax lock horns at Odsal.

“We know what we have to do and we’re still in a good position,” added Kear.

“I’m not going to get drawn in to looking at different outcomes, I’m just focusing on Batley winning.

“We have five games left and we’re going to try and win them all. I won’t allow myself to set an outcome goal until we play Swinton on the final day.”

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