Dewsbury Rams boss Glenn Morrison has branded his side’s 46-0 defeat to Rochdale Hornets as “disgusting,” and is looking for a big response from his players as they take on Swinton Lions at the Tetley’s Stadium this Sunday (3pm).
Morrison delivered a few “home truths” to his players this week and feels that they owe the fans a performance after Sunday’s heavy defeat.
He said: “The players have heard what needs to be said, I don’t think anyone else really needs to hear it and hopefully we get the reaction we are looking for.”
Dewsbury and Swinton met three times in the league last year, with the Rams coming out victorious in all three games.
It was a close affair when the sides met in the first game of last season, with Dewsbury winning by a two-point margin, and Morrison is expecting just as difficult a game this Sunday.
He said: “There are no easy games this year, Swinton have bought well, they were unlucky not to beat London at the weekend who many are tipping to be in the top two so it’s going to be tough.
“I feel that every game is going to be tough, it’s going to be a long hard season and we need to be really switched on to get something out of the game this week.
“We need to have a better mentality going into the game, we owe the fans and a good way to do that would be to win at home and get ourselves off the mark.
“A win is very important for us, we will start dropping behind already and be four points behind if we don’t get a win this week.
“We have got Toulouse away and London in our next two games. Toulouse and London are two of the top four sides which shows it is a tough competition so we need to try and get something out of this weekend.”
Dewsbury only had 16 of their own players to pick from for their trip to Rochdale, relying on their dual-registration players from Wakefield Trinity to help make up the squad.
Morrison has said that he has a number of players returning this weekend and over the coming weeks hopes that competition for places will help improve the performance on the pitch.
“We have a few coming back, we only had a limited squad to choose from last week, meaning we had to pick from the dual-reg players and they came in and did their job,” said Morrison.
“We have a couple back and hope to get more back in the weeks to come. Dale Morton and Scotty Hale will be definites to come back and Aaron Ollett will be in contention as well.”