DONCASTER Knights’ boss Brett Davey is hoping that Saturday’s ‘horror’ showing against Championship rivals Nottingham at Castle Park was a one-off.
Knights were put to the sword by the visitors as they romped to a 32-15 victory - a result which saw the Armthorpe Road side drop two places to sixth.
“Some players don’t know how to manage a game properly and we’ve got to learn that pretty quickly,” Davey told The Star.
“You can’t just play running rugby all the time when conditions are difficult.
“If you are playing into a strong wind (as was the situation on Saturday) you have to adapt your game-plan and we didn’t do that.
“We got off to a great start and then we basically under-performed under not a great deal of pressure. Defence coach Neil Kelly, forwards coach Glen Kenworthy and myself were all very disappointed because there were elements of our game where we didn’t get anything going at all.
“The week before we worked really hard and we drew at Bedford. The Championship is such a tough league that even if you are a little off your game you are likely to lose.
“For the last five weeks or so prior to the Nottingham game everybody had been happily patting each other on the back and saying what a good side we were.
“Everyone loves having praise heaped upon them but when things don’t go right you’ve got to accept the consequences and you have to accept criticism and that’s what some of our younger players are going to have to understand.
“The way we played we made them look like super stars and as good a side as they are they are not as good as that. It was a reality check for the team.
“It has not been a case of a lot of straight talking more that as a group we’ve got to realise that if we want to be a good side we’ve got to make some sacrifices in the way we play and train.
“We’ll look back at the game today and hopefully learn our lessons and move forward again. As a group they’ve been good so far and one bad performance doesn’t make us a bad side.
“I’ll certainly be looking for a much better performance at Esher on Saturday.”