Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston questioned his side’s heart after slipping to their fourth consecutive league defeat at Dewsbury Rams.
The Eagles produced an insipid performance which left Aston apologising to supporters. With Bradford Bulls next up for Aston’s side, the Eagles will have to significantly improve if they are to halt a worrying slide which has seen them drop to eighth place in the Championship.
“I am almost lost for words to be fair,” a stunned Aston said. “I apologise to the fans who travelled over here. They will be questioning what I am questioning...about heart. I questioned it at half-time.
“I said to them before the game that the team that wants it the most, will win. I questioned my side, do you want it? I don’t think that we wanted it enough, that was evident by the result.”
After Good Friday’s defeat by Featherstone, Aston claimed there was light at the end of the tunnel, but he was damning in his criticism after Monday’s fourth straight league loss.
“Dewsbury had more about them, we were just in cruise mode,” he added. “It breaks my heart. I lost it with them a bit at half-time, talking about heart and things like that. We have players who are cruising, they have a nice life, their nice life is going to change. They are full-time, they have enjoyed it, now they are not going to enjoy it because I want my pound of flesh, and if they don’t want it then they need to get out of our system.”
Aston is planning on bringing in new faces to try and turn around his side’s fortunes. He is sweating over the fitness of half-back Dave Hewitt after he was forced off the second half with a rib injury.
Aston hopes centre Menzie Yere will return for Sunday’s trip to Odsal.