Sheffield Eagles players hope they have turned the corner but recognise that belief will be tested by Dewsbury Rams.
Back row forward Michael Knowles hopes the 37-30 home win over Workington can set a pattern.
“It was only our second in six home league games” he said. “It was a big confidence booster. While we didn’t play well we dug in there and showed team spirit. We needed that win just to get confidence behind us.”
The challenge now is to put a run of wins together with a difficult trip to Dewsbury on Sunday where a victory would take them above the Rams into fifth place. “At Dewsbury no-one ever goes there and wins easy” said Knowles.
“We need to be better than we were against Workington.”
The Workington game ended a run of defeats that had seen the defending champions slip close to the relegation places. Stuttering home form as they adapted to playing on the narrow pitch at Owlerton Stadium has kept the team marooned in mid-table.
“People are saying there’s a ‘demon’ about Owlerton I don’t think it’s about the pitch or the stadium, it’s just how we have been playing,” said Knowles. “We’ve been playing dumb and not listening to the coach’s game plan. It’s just us and we have to fix it.”
Knowles added: “We are building up in training and we’re going to dig in for each other and hopefully we can kick on now and string a few wins together.”
“We are halfway through now so we’ll start it as a fresh season and look to build and get 80-90% wins.”