Unhappy Aston may ring the changes

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Sheffield Eagles’ coach Mark Aston will take a hard line with his players after a narrow win over relegated Swinton Lions.

He showed his displeasure by substituting key players in the final minutes as the team defended a 31-30 lead.

With the Eagles still not sure of a play-off place Aston admits he is considering changes for the second of back-to-back home games.

“The three points that’s all I can take out of the game,” he said. “We were sloppy and we need to be better than that and it’s not about Owlerton or what we are doing on the training field, it’s about the mental strength of the group.

“Hopefully we can push on but I will certainly be looking at some different options for next weekend.”

The win moved the Eagles up to sixth but they are only one point ahead of Keighley and Workington who occupy the final two play-off places.

Whitehaven will come to Owlerton on Sunday on the back of an important win over Batley in their bid to climb out of the relegation places.

A boost for Aston was the return after injury of club captain Mitch Stringer who put in big spells and a hat-trick of tries for loan signing Etu Uaisele.

Aston said: “Mitch was better and Kyle Briggs in the first half was great, Etu scores tries, Misi Taulapapa was great and Michael Knowles industrious. There was some good stuff but all the 17 are not hitting my objectives.”