BATLEY BULLDOGS face Featherstone this Sunday full of optimism after an impressive opening-day victory over big-spenders Leigh at Mount Pleasant.
The win further enhanced John Kear’s reputation as a giant-killing coach, but in typical style the Bulldogs boss insists his side are not getting carried away – having not been certain his players would pull off the unlikely second-half fightback.
“I was confident we’d play well and put up a fight against Leigh,” said Kear.
“But we must keep things in perspective and keep our feet on the ground.
“We’re going to be playing another good team in Featherstone and they will offer us new challenges this Sunday, so we will have to be on top form once again.
“I hope we will show the same resilience against Featherstone as we did against Leigh.
“We never gave up and didn’t panic when we went 10 points down in the second half so I feel the win was much deserved.
“I’m very happy with the squad I have at my disposal and on their day they have proven that they’re capable of great things.”
However Kear hasn’t ruled out more signings in the coming weeks, after bringing winger Alex Brown back the Mount ahead of the Leigh fixture until the end of the season.
“My squad will no doubt be tested as it was last year through injury so new additions are always welcome,” added Kear.
“Brown will definitely strengthen the team, but my squad of 26 players in the Championship should be enough.”
Having being faced with possibly the most difficult start to a Championship season in the Bulldogs’ recent history, against top four challengers Leigh, Featherstone, Sheffield and Halifax, Kear’s men have passed the first test and will aim to keep up the same level of intensity at the Big Fellas Stadium against Jon Sharp’s Featherstone on Sunday (3pm).