” We need to grow up” ……Naylor

Date published: Friday, September 5, 2014
SCOTT Naylor has challenged his players to “grow up and act like men” when things don’t go to plan.
Still smarting from the 40-14 defeat at Gateshead, the Oldham boss has reiterated his promise to make changes for Gloucester’s visit to Whitebank on Sunday (3pm) in the last league game of 2014.
Of the players who were injured on Tyneside, Phil Joy, Danny Langtree, Sam Gee and Mo Agoro have been given the all-clear.
A decision on Lewis Palfrey, who has a thigh-muscle injury, will be left until tomorrow, but George Tyson will miss his second game in a row because of knee trouble.
Naylor, who won’t name his line-up until later, is demanding a hugely-improved performance with which to then head off into the play-offs.
He said: “I’ve got lads who are desperate to get back into the team and I’d be a fool not to use them after what happened at Gateshead.
“Maybe some of the boys felt too comfortable and though the shirt was theirs for the rest of the season, but it doesn’t work like that.
“We need to increase the intensity of our game and players must stop waiting for colleagues to make the big plays and, instead, get on with it themselves.
“We’ve got to stop feeling sorry for ourselves when things go wrong; grow up a little bit; act like men; and get on with it.
“In some quarters, more bottle is called for too.”
* Hunslet need to win at bottom-club South Wales to clinch a second-place finish and then entertain Oldham at South Leeds in the first round of play-off games.
A massive 36 league points separates Hawks and Scorpions, but Hunslet boss Barry Eaton is taking no chances.
“We’re travelling down there the day before the game so we can make sure our preparation is spot-on,” said Eaton.
* North Wales Crusaders half-back Jamie Dallimore, once of Oldham, will go before a disciplinary panel next week, charged with making a grade B high tackle against Barrow on August 31.