Sheffield Eagles have to “take the flak” over their poor form and get the show back on the road at Whitehaven.
Dismal home results have dragged the Championship title-holders down but away from Owlerton they have battled to five of their six wins in the league. Coach Mark Aston believes a good performance at Whitehaven will restore the belief that was hit hard by the 54-12 home defeat to Leigh.
“We have to take the criticism and the flak; we must show a bit of resolve,” he said. “It’s time to bounce back and show the ability in the team. “We seem to find a way to win in tricky away games and that’s what has been keeping me sane but we have given games away at home.
“The boys are down and we got a good slapping against Leigh; now it’s time to show character and play as a team.”
Sunday’s game (3pm) is the half-way point in the season and defeat would leave Eagles tottering just above the five relegation places.
Aston spoke of “shock changes” after the Leigh loss. He could recall experienced Peter Green and may turn to young reserves like his son Cory, Tom Ashton and Corey Hanson. A final decision is set to be made after training tonight. “It’s always a tough going to Whitehaven. Do you put youth into the team and get a bit of enthusiasm, more desire? If that’s what I have to do, I’ll do it,” he said.
“Last Sunday was the day that broke the camel’s back as far I’m concerned. Some people will be left out this weekend.
“The planning for selection on Sunday is about who will give me what I want. A number of people at this time have not given me that.”