THE RESULT went against them, but coach Matt Diskin was encouraged by Batley Bulldogs’ performance at home to high-flying Toulouse Olympique.
Batley were beaten 28-20 by the French side, who are on the second-top rung on the Kingstone Press Championship ladder.
But it was an improved performance from the defeat by Dewsbury Rams a week earlier and Diskin said: “We played well.
“The boys had a real dig and we were really unfortunate not to get the points.
“The old cliche ‘the best side lost’ definitely applied in this case.”
Assessing Batley’s effort, Diskin added: “I thought defensively we were very, very good.
“We controlled the ruck area really well.
“We had just a small blip at the start of the second half and they caught us. There were a couple of little lapses of concentration and a couple of freak tries – a bounce of the ball here and there.
“When things aren’t going your way they don’t go your way, but we were unfortunate.”
Bulldogs travel to third-bottom Swinton Lions on Sunday.
Diskin said: “We’ve got one or two bumps and bruises. I am not sure of the severity yet, but there’s nothing alarming at this stage.”