Sheffield Eagles director of rugby Mark Aston says he won’t lower his standards after watching his side go under again on home soil with a below par display against Featherstone Rovers.
On another disappointing day for the Eagles at the OLP, Aston was left with an uphill task from the start after admitting he left half-back Simon Brown out of the side for being late, while Jon Magrin and Josh Toole both suffered injuries during the game.
Aston blasted his side again for not completing, as high-flying Rovers took a comfortable lead into the sheds before coasting to victory in the second half.
“I won’t drop my standards. I will keep working hard and I will keep preparing,” Aston told The Star.
“I will keep challenging them. I will keep our standards high.
“It wasn’t a performance. We are busted up as well. We lost a couple of players in that first 40 minutes.
“We had 12 sets and completed six of them and I don’t care who you are and what you are, with those sorts of numbers you are not doing anything against any team.
“It frustrates me because we had a plan and we didn’t execute it. We didn’t have the discipline, but that didn’t surprise me.
“We had to make changes because we weren’t disciplined off the field, and then we weren’t on it.”
With Ben Blackmore ruled out with injury and Jack Ashworth involved with parent club St Helens, the Eagles chief is again staring at another injury-hit roster.
There is better news with confirmation that Cory Aston’s loan has now extended to a week-to-week deal.
But Aston Snr remains concerned that his squad again failed to follow his pre-match instructions.
“I’d be okay if we delivered what we talked about delivering,” he added.
“We had a plan, and in that first 40 minutes the tries we conceded were all off the back of what we had talked about and trained to do. We just didn’t deliver.
“They were like puppy dogs at half-time just looking at me. I am disappointed.
“We won a game last week but was I jumping through hoops? No. We won the game but I was still disappointed because we were looking for more.”