SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Beaten Mark Aston’s plan of attack

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SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston is backing his players to end their run of poor results - if they follow his game plan.

The Eagles have the opportunity to swiftly bounce back from the home defeat by Leigh Centurions when they travel to York City Knights on Thursday night.

Aston is taking a positive approach from the way his team remain as the Championship’s top points-scorers. But he’s not ignoring concerns over defensive lapses.

He said: “We can play. I don’t need to change anything I have done. We’ve been in some close games and what we have learned over the last few weeks is that the problems come when we go away from the plan we talk about in training.

“Against Leigh we scored 30-odd points and that should be enough to win a game.”

The message that senior players need to take responsibility and lead was hammered home at a Bank Holiday training session and will be repeated this evening.

The problems were highlighted by errors as the team attempted to regain the lead after two controversial penalties saw Leigh go 34-32 ahead with 10 minutes to play.

Aston added: “We were frantic and panicking and flicking balls where we didn’t need to. We should have just played out the set of six and Leigh would have crumbled with sustained pressure.”