Kear aiming to boost Batley’s belief

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confidence is the ingredient missing from Batley Bulldogs’ game, according to coach John Kear.

Bulldogs have dipped to third from bottom in the Kingstone Press Championship following a 40-12 defeat by high-flying Sheffield Eagles.

That was the first of three home games in 10 days for Batley, all against teams chasing a place in the top-four.

Bulldogs face London Broncos tomorrow before the visit of league leaders Leigh Centurions on Sunday and Kear said he will be working on restoring the players’ self-belief.

“We are lacking a bit of confidence at the minute,” admitted Kear, whose side led 12-0 early on against Sheffield.

“There is a bit of a fragile mentality and we have got to encourage the players and help them overcome it.

“It is tough at the moment. For a few weeks we just fell on the wrong side of the ledger and the players don’t seem to know how to win at the minute.

“That is something we need to address.”

Kear said he also has some injury concerns to contend with before he will be able to finalise his team for tomorrow’s game.

“We’ve got five people being fitness tested [tonight], he said.

“We’ve submitted a squad to the RFL, as we’re duty bound to do, but there may be some changes to that.”

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