Scotts plea to fans “stick with us”

Date published: Monday, September 1, 2014

NOT for the first time this season, more like the third or fourth, Scott Naylor didn’t mince his words in the post-match criticism of his Oldham side after the 40-14 loss at Gateshead.

A 40-14 pasting in a match billed as one of the most important games of the season was, he said, totally unacceptable.
A win at Gateshead would have gone a long way towards securing second place in the league for the Roughyeds, but that is no longer in their own hands.
While still mathematically possible, it is highly unlikely given that second-placed Hunslet would have to lose at bottom club South Wales Scorpions in their final match.
Said Scott: “This is bitterly disappointing and extremely frustrating because prior to this we had produced probably our best all-round performance of the season against Hemel.
“Fans spend a lot of hard-earned money to come and support us and the players need to realise that. 
“Some of the boys had a real dig and tried hard, but too many of them let themselves down.
“It’s not the first time this season we’ve played like this and it’s unbelievably frustrating because, in the main, we are not getting beaten by better teams, we are getting beaten because we don’t turn up and play to our full potential.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Gateshead, who played exceptionally well, but they are not 26 points better than us or better than us full stop.
“If we had turned up and played like we can play, the scores would have been a lot closer and we might even have won.
“We usually respond well after a performance like this and I have no doubt we will do the same against Gloucester at Whitebank next Sunday, but we have played poorly in another big game and we have missed a golden opportunity to get a toe-hold on second place.
“We’ve just got to get on with it and hope our supporters stick with us and get behind us against Gloucester and then in the play-offs. We need all the support we can get and although Sunday’s defeat was so bitterly disappointing for everybody, I do hope our supporters continue to back us against Gloucester on Sunday and then in the play-offs.
“It seems likely that we’ll now have to face a more difficult task with an away game first up instead of a home game, so we’ll need as many fans as possible behind us and we can only hope they will stick with us wherever the play-offs take us.”