Roden’s post-match reflections

Date published: Monday, August 13, 2012

CARETAKER coach Martin Roden’s first game in charge of Oldham RL didn’t provide him with what he was looking for in terms of result or performance.

It’s back to the drawing board for the stand-in gaffer, who readily admitted that his side’s offering in a 46-22 home defeat by Doncaster fell well below his expectations.[singlepic id=1414 w=320 h=240 float=left]Describing his post-match mood as “one of disappointment”, Roden said: “If you score 22 points at home you should be a lot nearer than we were to getting something out of the game.

“That tells me two things — we were not good enough defensively and we surrendered too much possession.

“We looked a lot better in the second half, but we had left ourselves with too much to do.

“On Tuesday night we will be examining where we went wrong and what we need to do to put it right for the next game.

“Early in the second half, when we pulled it back to 16-28 we got in the arm wrestle and went close to scoring again on a couple of occasions.

“For a time we were in the ascendancy, but as soon as we looked like building on it we surrendered that advantage by doing something silly — the story of our entire season.

“We conceded eight tries at home and that’s not good enough. Strong defence is all about having the will and the resolve to do it and that’s what we’ll be working on next week.”