Time for us to man up, says boss Kelly

Time for us to man up, says boss Kelly

DEWSBURY RAMS chief Neil Kelly says it’s time for some of his players to ‘man up’ as they prepare for their trip to Barrow Raiders on Sunday.

The Rams travel to Cumbria this weekend, hoping to bring an end to their eight-game losing run in the Betfred Championship. 

And while Kelly is anticipating a tough test against Barrow Raiders on Sunday afternoon he insists that all the focus must be on the team’s performance.

“It is tough in Barrow, they are having a good season, especially at home, and they have made their home a really difficult place to go and get a result,” said Kelly. 

“We can’t expect anything other than a really tough game but I don’t think it is about Barrow, it is about us. 

“We need to improve in just about every department, it is about time we manned up and do what we are supposed to do. 

“When it is about improving in every department, as a coach you have got to look at it and ask if we are going into games with the correct attitude. 

“And that is what I am looking for, for us to enter this game in the correct frame of mind to compete and hopefully to win.”

Dewsbury were one minute from claiming their first win since the end of February against Rochdale Hornets last Sunday. 

However, a last-minute try from Declan Kay condemned the Rams to yet another defeat. 

Kelly felt that his side had enough quality to win the game but a poor attitude cost Dewsbury a precious two points. 

“There was a lot of things lacking from a lot of players against Rochdale,” added Kelly. 

“All credit to Rochdale, they came, they were enthusiastic and they were direct.

“But I know that the side we put out was good enough to beat Rochdale, if they had the correct attitude. 

“And if they had shown the mental toughness, and that is taking everything into account with the referee, some poor errors and the red-hot weather. 

“We should’ve had the correct attitude and correct mental toughness that you need to win any game of rugby league.”

Kelly has confirmed that Rob Worrincy will miss Sunday’s game due to work commitments. 

Dom Speakman will also be unavailable for the trip to Craven Park. 

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