Stuttering Eagles told to put it in writing

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SHEFFIELD Eagles players have been doing their homework in a bid to end their poor run of form.

After the defeat at Featherstone coach Mark Aston asked every player for a written assessment of how they were performing. He hopes the soul searching will motivate the players to cut out mistakes in their play when they travel to Hunslet Hawks on Sunday.

“We haven’t played well in the last couple of games and we’ve been talking about why in training,” said Aston.

“I’ve asked the players to look at themselves and reflect on where they are as a player individually and collectively as part of the team. It’s all about taking responsibility for their own actions – the lads are not doing that, they are just doing what they want to do. I can’t have that. It’ll be a tough week in training, pretty physical - the lads must have the right attitude.”

Planning for the Hunslet game has been hit by fitness doubts. The latest casualty is Jason Crookes, on loan from Bradford Bulls, who came off during the loss at Featherstone. Aston said: “Jason might have a hernia so he might be out for the rest of the season.”

Eagles go into their final two away games of the season knowing that four points will ensure a play-off place. Aston hopes the trip to struggling Hunslet – who haven’t won for 11 games – will provide the boost the side needs to drag themselves out of a poor run.

“It may be a blip and we’ll come through it,” he said.

“It is that time of the season when you pick up injuries to one or two players and that can make it tough.

“We’re having to bring people in and give young lads opportunities but at this time of the season you want a settled team. I’m not going to use that as an excuse, we have to be better.”