Batley Bulldogs: There’s no crisis at Mount Pleasant - Kear

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Boss John Kear insists Batley Bulldogs aren’t in a “slump”, despite four straight defeats.

Bulldogs – who play host to Doncaster on Sunday (2pm) – have slipped to fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship, but Kear stressed: “Everything is still in our hands.” Batley are almost guaranteed to finish in the top five and Kear is confident fourth spot, guaranteeing an extra life if they lose their opening play-off, remains a realistic aim.

He said: “Our goal all along has been the top-four. We are fifth, but we have got Leigh (who are fourth on points difference) to play at home. If we don’t achieve, it will be our fault and if we do it will be to our credit, but I don’t see any major crisis.”

Bulldogs were beaten 36-30 at Whitehaven last week and Kear admitted that was a “disappointing result, on the back of a disappointing performance”.

He added: “Our video session was probably the longest since I’ve been at the club. We’ve identified areas we need to work on, but I don’t think it’s a slump. You’d like to play at your best for 26 games, but no team in the competition does that. Sheffield lost at Whitehaven, Featherstone lost at York, Leigh have lost to so-called lesser teams – it is something that happens in sport.”

Neil Kelly.

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