Batley Bulldogs: Diskin demands players’ full focus after ‘goldfish’ let second-bottom Roughyeds off the hook

Exasperated Batley Bulldogs coach, Matt Diskin.
Exasperated Batley Bulldogs coach, Matt Diskin.

BATLEY BULLDOGS need to be more like sharks than goldfish their coach Matt Diskin reckons.

Bulldogs led 22-6 at half-time against second-bottom Oldham in the Kingstone Press Shield, but conceded 16 unanswered points after the break.

Diskin felt his team let their opponents off the hook and went away from doing what had built them such a seemingly commanding advantage.

“It was really disappointing,” Diskin said of the 22-22 draw.

“The two halves were so contrasting they were unrecognisable.

“It is a concentration thing and attitude, how they apply themselves.

“They started the game exceptionally well, but in the second half it was like they ignored everything they had been doing.

“They are a bit like goldfish, they do something really well, but then forget it and it starts again.

“If we are going to do well in this competition we have got to start repeating the things we do well, because when we do we are exceptional.”

Diskin admitted the draw “felt like we lost”, but Batley remain second in the table and he added: “We are in the semi-finals and we are building.

“The next four weeks are about us fine-tuning what we are doing.

“Results are important, but they are not the be all and end all.”