Batley Bulldogs: Kear hammers out warning message

John Kear
John Kear
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STRUGGLING BATLEY Bulldogs need to adapt quickly, or face more hammerings.

That is the warning from boss John Kear after the 76-16 drubbing at London Broncos two days ago.

Batley, who are at home to Huddersfield Giants on Sunday, have conceded 134 points in their opening two Qualifiers games, and Kear admitted: “I think we are letting ourselves down.”

He said: “Psychologically we are struggling and I think the reason is because there was so much emphasis placed on making the top-four.

“When that was achieved, mission accomplished was put on the door, but unfortunately it is not. What we are doing now is getting embarrassed two weeks on the trot.

“The way Huddersfield played against Featherstone, having looked at that game, they grew in confidence.

“They are a very good team anyway, so if we don’t improve psychologically as well as physically we will get embarrassed again.”

Kear believes Batley can turn things around. He added: “It is a disappointing way to start, having worked so hard to get into the Qualifiers.

“But it is new. We coped with the regular season much better this year than last year. Obviously we’ve not coped with this part of the season, but that’ the challenge that faces us all now – the staff, players and club.”