Pack in the errors, says Eagles chief

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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston is hoping the ‘penny will drop’ with some of his error-prone players.

A handling mistake set in motion defeat at Widnes Vikings and Aston doesn’t want a repeat when Eagles face Barrow tomorrow. “We started well and we were coasting with set after set then we coughed up a ball and the next thing you knew we were 16-0 down – we just hadn’t touched the ball again off the back of one mistake,” he said.

“It’s disappointing that the penny isn’t dropping; with some people it’s the same thing over and over again – it’s either I’m talking a different language or they are not taking it in.”

Eagles return to Don Valley tonight (7.30pm) knowing defeat by Barrow could see the Cumbrians take over fourth place. At training sessions Aston has been hammering home the message that the team has to stop gifting ball possession to the opposition.

“When we complete our sets we compete but if we don’t we’re pretty shabby,” he said. “I can’t knock the players for their commitment and their attitude is outstanding.”