“Only negatives from this one”…..Scott

Date published: Monday, July 21, 2014
SCOTT Naylor gave his players a post-match roasting — and apologised to travelling fans for offering them nothing but “embarrassment and utter disappointment”.
It was Oldham’s third heavy defeat on the road and one in which Naylor’s men showed little stomach for the fight in a 54-12 mauling by York City Knights at the Huntington Stadium.
Said an angry Roughyeds’ boss: “We’ve let down ourselves, the club and the fans.
“To say I’m disappointed is a massive understatement.
“Sometimes, the players leave behind in the changing rooms everything we talk about and everything we work on. This isn’t the first time it’s happened and, to be honest, I don’t know why they do it.
“York were better than us in every aspect and we can’t take anything from this awful performance other than negatives.
“The biggest disappointment of all was the fact that our middle unit (the pack) was totally dominated, so much so that, in the end, what should have been a battle of the top two became little more than a training run-out for York.
“In saying ‘sorry’ to supporters who paid good money to come and watch us, I hope they can still find some faith in the lads to get behind us against Hunslet at Whitebank next Sunday.
“It’s no good winning at home against the likes of Wales and Gloucester and then going to York and playing like this.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; rugby league is the toughest team sport there is. And some of our lads need to take a good, hard look at themselves and consider whether they want to compete in it for the rest of the season.
“We had to make one or two changes because of injuries, but those had no bearing whatsoever on what happened here.
“The starting pack was probably the strongest we could field. We had spent a full week prior to the game working on methods to control them, yet in the first set of the game they drove us back 60 yards. That set the pattern.
“Our overall completion rate in the first half was 40 per cent —- the worst I’ve known in 32 years in the game.
“In the last 20 minutes of the first half it was down as low as 29 per cent, and with stats like that any club in the division would have beaten us.
“When we come up against the big boys of the division, for some reason there is something wrong with us.
“The damage is done now — all we can do is try to put things right next time out against Hunslet.”