Naylor remains upbeat despite third consecutive loss
Monday 27th February 2017 @ 11:39 by Mark Phillip

Oldham suffered their heaviest defeat of the season at league leaders Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday afternoon.

The 48-0 defeat marked Oldham’s third consecutive loss in the KP Championship this season.

Having played four games so far this season, Scott Naylor’s side are placed ninth in the table on two points, while Rovers, who are hotly tipped to make an immediate return to the Super League, remain in first place on eight points.

Naylor, while disappointed with the result, has moved to reassure fans that there will be an improved performance in Sunday’s home fixture against the Dewsbury Rams. Speaking to Oldham’s official website, he said: “Previously this season we’ve based our performances on a good attitude, big hearts and maximum effort and in most of the boys those three key ingredients were missing this time.

“As we knew they would, Hull KR came out with all guns blazing. They started the game very quickly; we started slowly and poorly.

“They were 24-0 up on no time and after that it was a just a matter of damage limitation.

“That was a shame because previously this season we’ve shown we are no longer the team of old. Unfortunately, in this game, we suffered some flashbacks.

“I’ll sort it out and we won’t play like that next week.

“The wind was bad for both sides. I can’t blame the wind because we lost the ruck; because our contact was poor; because our skill levels weren’t good; or because the backfield made so many mistakes.

“Our whole game was off, for whatever reason, but looking at it positively we might have got it all out of our system now.

“We definitely won’t play like that next Sunday against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold.”