Self Belief the Key

Date published: Monday, April 8, 2013

AFTER two losses in a row — against Rochdale at home in the league and at Hunslet Hawks in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup — Oldham boss Scott Naylor has urged his players to stick to the self-belief that carried them to five wins in their first six games of the season.

“Things aren’t running for us at the moment,” said Naylor after a 36-10 cup defeat at the South Leeds Stadium in which Roughyeds had two tries disallowed and missed at least four gilt-edged scoring chances.
He added: “We need to be more clinical in attack near our opponents’ line and more ruthless in defence near our own line, but having said that we are not too far away from being a very good team.
“The main thing is we must not lose our self-belief. We have to retain our belief in what we are doing, both on the training field and on match days.
“We’ve got to have confidence in it and keep working at it and if we continue to do that then things will come right.
“This was a strange match to weigh up. ┬áIt was always going to be a big ask for us against a team from a higher division, but after 25 minutes we led 6-4 and there was nothing between us.
“In the next 15 minutes we created chances and failed to capitalise while they scored three to lead 22-6 at half-time which in no way reflected the balance of play in the first 40 minutes.
“A lot of the stuff we did was good, but only once did we put the ball over their try line and when we had to defend and keep them out we couldn’t manage it.
“We spoke at half-time about what we needed to do and we started the second half really well.
“Our yardage sets were good and we dominated the first 20 minutes of the second period, only to have a try disallowed for a double movement and then to create another good opportunity which we couldn’t turn into points.
“We are not putting the ball over the whitewash or defending as I would like to, but I can’t fault the effort of the boys and it certainly wasn’t reflected in the score.
“Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree, our two second-rowers, were again our stand-out players because they made most of the breaks.
“Richard Lepori and Adam Files also posed threats to the Hunslet defence, but we could do with more players to start pushing themselves to the fore.”