Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston didn’t enjoy the home defeat to Featherstone Rovers and he wants that to change quickly.
Aston is determined to make his team learn from a lacklustre second half that saw a two-try lead turn into a 36-22 defeat.
He said: “Did I enjoy that as a coach? No. As a coach you should enjoy games. We presented the game [to Featherstone] and lost the game after winning it.”
There’s likely to be some soul-searching in the debriefing at training tonight and changes could be made for the trip to Batley Bulldogs next up.”
A worry for Aston is that for a second consecutive home game -– as in the derby defeat by Doncaster - a first-half lead has been allowed to slip away.
“”At half-time I said we hadn’t even broken sweat, the score flattered us a bit,” he said. “”Only one or two people had showed up. I was really disappointed with the 80-minute performance.
“”Two times we have been in a position to win a game and given it away. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or away we weren’t good enough.””
Aston wasn’t happy with some of the decisions of referee Joe Cobb and may make a protest to the RFL but wouldn’t use that as an excuse. A 14-6 adverse penalty count certainly made possession more difficult to control.
“”They had 23-24 sets [in the second half], we probably had 16 so that does drain you of energy but we compounded that with penalties,”” he said.
“”It’s debatable if they were all penalties but I’m not looking for excuses. I thought the referee was very poor.
“”One of the turning points in the first half was when Menzie Yere knocked the ball out of their player’s hand but he [referee] gave a penalty when it should have been a try.
“”But we still have to get over those sort of things and I’m filthy with the guys over that performance. Knowledge is key and some players let themselves down with their knowledge of the game.””