How we won……Naylor

Date published: Monday, September 22, 2014
QUALITY with a capital Q — from first minute to last.
That’s how Scott Naylor summed up his side’s 31-12 win at York that pushed Oldham into the final for the second year in a row under his command.
As Roughyeds fans celebrated, Naylor, Lee Spencer and the players crossed the pitch to share the moment of triumph with them.
Later, the Oldham boss revealed the inside story of a fabulous win that sent shock waves reverberating around the league.
“We raised our game again to another level,” he said.
“We haven’t produced many 80-minute performances this year, but this was the best — the most complete, all-round team effort in my two years at the club.
“We worked all week on finding ways to beat York and the lads carried out the plan to the letter. It was good to see they can adapt to whatever is required.
“York are a good team so first of all you’ve got to stop them. Then you’ve got to work out how to score points.
“We were great in every aspect of defence, but it didn’t just happen; we had worked exceptionally hard on contact, line speed and wrestle.
“And that alone wouldn’t have been enough without a massive work rate by the whole side for the full 80 minutes.
“A few things went our way and sometimes we had the bounce of the ball. But you earn things like that; they don’t come on a silver spoon.
“I’m proud of the boys for many things, but none more so than for the way in which they have risen to the challenge of play-off rugby. In that regard, the experience they gained last year has so far been invaluable.
“To win at Hunslet and York shows that the systems and practices we have put in place are working well and that we have come a long way in our two years together as a group.
“I can’t speak too highly of the 17 who played today, and of other squad members who are currently out of the side, but who are continuing to work hard and hoping for a chance.
“Outside our club, who would have thought that ‘little old Oldham’ would be the first through to the final .
“And who would have thought that York and Hunslet would be going hell for leather next week for the right to meet us in the final.
“We haven’t won a thing yet — and we’ve got to remember that — but we can start to think about the final. So far, so good.”