Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin admitted that he couldn’t be prouder of his team after giving big spending Championship leaders Toronto Wolfpack a real scare last Sunday.
Diskin was ‘gutted’ that his side hadn’t managed to take something from the game having led 12-6 at half-time only to be starved of possession as the Wolfpack ran in four tries before Brad Day crossed for a consolation Batley score.
Speaking after Sunday’s game, Diskin said: “I really feel for my boys sat in the changing rooms. They played exceptionally well and showed some real character.
“They defended back to back to back sets when they were starved of the ball for one reason or another and I don’t think they deserved to be on the losing side to be honest.
“They played their hearts out and I am gutted for them.
“The referee was poor and we know he was poor. Was we wrong with some of the penalties we gave away? Yes we were but the frustration from my players point of view coming of the pitch when the referee is making a different interpretation of the same law for one team and not the other and for me it was a very embarrassing performance by the man in the middle.
“Our attitude and willingness to work hard for each other I couldn’t be more proud of them. I am very proud to be the coach of these young men.
“The big compliment for us is that we played a team who are earning 10 times more money and training 10 times more than what we do in a week and they have some fantastic names, who should be playing Super League not in the Championship.
“Our boys physically dominated them and you could see that at the end of the first half when there was a kick to touch and they were walking and my boys were on top of them.
“These teams don’t need helping hands because they don’t need it, they have all the luxuries in the world.
“I’m genuinely gutted for my team because I believe they have been cheated out of a more competitive result.”