Scott not pleased

Date published: Monday, April 29, 2013

SCOTT Naylor was in no mood for making excuses after watching Oldham slip to their third defeat in four games against Tony Benson’s Oxford.

While lauding the efforts of young forwards like Josh Crowley, two-try Danny Langtree, Liam Thompson and Michael Ward, he said some players didn’t give 100 per cent.
Admitting to being “massively disappointed”, he conceded that the side coached by his predecessor as Roughyeds’ head man had deserved to win.
He added: “Oxford came ready to play. They had a real good go at us. They had more enthusiasm and more desire than us and they got what they deserved — a win.
“If we had snatched it near the end, as we looked as though we might do at one point, it would have been the wrong result.
“You can’t put brave hearts and strong mentality into players when you are out on the training pitch . . . and unfortunately it’s not the first time this season I’ve felt the need to talk like that.
“Some of the lads gave everything, but only ‘some’ and in a tough team game like rugby league you don’t win games if only ‘some’ of the team members are putting everything in.
“We did get on top in the second half, but then we immediately let them back into it by making mistakes, and we rarely put them under sustained pressure.
“In fact, we didn’t put any pressure on them at all, given that on no fewer than six or seven times — four in the first-half alone — we kicked the ball dead.
“The game is all about putting opponents under pressure. They did it to us, but we couldn’t do it to them.
“Rugby league is tough, and you generally get what you deserve.
“In this case, Oxford tried harder than us and worked harder than us.
“Tony Benson will be very proud of his team for the effort they put in and the rewards they received in terms of a very important win.”