“Proud of every player”—Scott

Date published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
IN Scott Naylor’s thinking, the score at Bradford had no relevance whatsoever . . . he was more concerned with how his Championship One part-timers tackled the herculean task of squaring up to Super League opponents in their own backyard.
For that, he gave them full marks — as did Bradford boss Francis Cummins.
“Oldham worked hard, stuck to their guns and did well,” said the man charged with keeping the Bulls in the elite division after a six-point deduction for going into administration.
“They are a young side, clearly very well coached and at certain periods in the game they made life difficult for us.
“Although they scored only the one try they created other chances by opening us up, and they did it once or twice. We have some big forwards and I was impressed with how Oldham coped with them.”
Naylor, who twice won the Challenge Cup with Bradford in a former life, described his pack’s mighty effort against all odds as “brilliant” and paid tribute to each of his 17 players.
“I’m proud of every one of them,” said the Oldham coach, whose first return to his former Odsal stomping ground in a coaching capacity was always going to be bordering on ‘Mission Impossible’.
He added: “We learned a lot, and that will be good for the boys. One missed tackle, one mistake, one penalty, and at this level those things usually result in a try conceded because of the attacking quality of the opposition.
“We need to take lessons like that into the rest of our season.
“The team’s effort from start to finish was absolutely outstanding. Right to the last minute we were still going at them and trying to put points on them.
“Everybody did well, but the forwards were tremendous. It was a huge ask of them to come here and stand up to fellows like Manase Manuokafoa, Chev Walker, Dale Ferguson and Jamal Fakir, but they did it brilliantly.
“Every player gave 100 per cent and I couldn’t ask for more than that. They did the club proud and the fans proud and as a club we came out of it with our heads held high.”
Other reaction:
Jason Boults: “The game was a lot faster than we are used to. We found it difficult to live with the pace of the game, but other than that I thought we did okay. I’m absolutely shattered.”
Mark Hobson: “The big difference was part-time and full-time. That told in the second half. It was a game of two distinctly differing halves. We conceded on the very last play of the first half and but for that we would have gone in only 18-6 down — a very respectable score.”
Lewis Palfrey: “Nobody is down because individually and collectively we all know we gave it our best shot. I’m proud of everybody in the team. I’ve played for a few clubs but I’ve never known a group of players as ‘together’ as this group. We did it for each other.”