Coach Diskin disappointed as ill-discipline proves costly in Batley’s third loss

Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin was disappointed after his side's defeat to Bradford Bulls.
Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin was disappointed after his side's defeat to Bradford Bulls.

Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin admitted he was bitterly disappointed with his side’s display at Bradford Bulls last Sunday.

Batley slipped to a third defeat from six Kingstone Press Championship games as they went down 44-22 at the Provident Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Diskin said: “It’s very disappointing, I thought we were poor and very ill disciplined.

“We conceded too many penalties and made some silly errors with the ball.

“I don’t think at any point in the game did Bradford earn their field position, we gifted them it and when you gift teams that position you are going to concede points.

“I was very disappointed with our boys’ application.”

Batley scored three first half tries, through Alistair Leak, Joell Farrell’s first in Bulldogs colours and Sam Smeaton, as they went into the break level at 18-18.

Tom Holmes rounded off an excellent move to score a minute after the re-start to edge the Bulldogs in front.

However, Bradford finished strongly to score 26 unanswered points and Batley were not helped when they were twice reduced to 12 men with Smeaton and Dane Manning both sent to the sin-bin.

Diskin added: “We were in that position but I don’t think we deserved to be.

“Our application was way off and a lot of people under performed and didn’t deliver what we set out to do we have got to address that quickly with the Challenge Cup round coming up fast.

“I’ll be doing my damnedest to get the best out of the players and ensure the team I do pick, we get the best out of them.

“They know there is competition for places and there will be some disappointed with their performances but they have to be accountable for that.”

Batley now head to Toulouse for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth round tie, aiming to avenge a 44-6 defeat in France on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

Diskin will look for a response from his side and said: “When the draw was made, I think I was the only person looking forward to (Toulouse) as it gives us an opportunity to right a wrong from earlier in the year.

“We have no excuses of being caught cold and we want to go out there and get into the next round of the Challenge Cup but we know we have to go to a tough place to achieve that.”