Sheffield Eagles players have been told not to mope around following consecutive defeats in Cup competitions.
Coach Mark Aston wants his players to be honest about what has gone wrong as they face three important league games in 10 days.
“It’s a big spell for us and we need results,” he said.
”I’ve said to the lads ‘don’t mope about it, think about it’. The lads have to be honest with each other, that’s what matters.
“Potentially there could be changes. There are eight league games to go and we need to be fresh.
“We have the chance to go through the season and be crowned as champions. The Cup is gone. We have to focus on finishing top of the table and get to the Grand Final.”
It’s a testing time for Aston and his players after losing the Northern Rail Cup final 43-28 to Leigh Centurions only eight days after their Challenge Cup exit to London Broncos.
As the Eagles have been in Cup action, their lead at the top of the Championship table has been eroded. Featherstone Rovers have taken over at the top with a two point lead.
Eagles face a backlog of league games starting with Keighley Cougars on Friday night and Workington Town the following Wednesday, both at Don Valley before a trip to York.
Aston’s concern is the way his team allowed what should have been a winning position at 24-16 slip away against Leigh.
“In finals you have a plan and you have to be disciplined and execute it,”” he said.
“”We had a plan and at times we executed it to perfection but at other times I have no idea what we were doing and that’s disappointing.
“We will have a chat about it and we’ll be honest. I don’t want pity, let’s move on, dust ourselves down and be better.”