Watching our efforts and our players it looked like, “They think it all over” ….well guys, “It is now!!!”
7 points adrift of 4th place with eight games to go and more injuries stacking up; that display saw us bow out of the top four race, the 2018 campaign is gone and although we can all take defeat and disappointment, it was simply not good enough!! It was almost season over before the game and now it certainly is. Our prospects this year ended with a whimper and with our heaviest regular season loss in Super League. Although we’ve had worse days, sat here on Sunday night at home trying to write this blog, it’s hard to remember many!!
In that first half they were really good and we were really poor, and for this fan as the game progressed I moved between manic frustration and fury, to almost being in tears. It’s all very commendable for Lee to take the blame for it all, but whether that is to deflect the heat from the players in Derby week I don’t know, however for me, this was solely down to the players, because with that team on the park, tired and carrying injuries or not, it shouldn’t have been that score, questions have to be asked and its the players who should be asked first.
The Coach has proved he knows how to prepare and motivate a team prior to the game, he’s done it often enough. But he can do nothing once they are out there, although that said I do question the logic of rushing players that aren’t fully fit back into a game on such a hard pitch and for a match that was played in such hot conditions. Lee rolled the dice, gambled a bit and came up short!
At half time the only words I could find were, “Just Pathetic” and believe me others went a lot further with their appraisals of what they were witnessing. For all the planning that we went through last week to get us into the right shape to face the Wildcats, the players might as well have spent their time sat in deck chairs, for we were a disjointed and at times a dysfunctional mess. Was I disappointed, well yes, but I just felt massively let down. Wakey were good, in fact very good, but the West Wales Raiders would have looked good against our lot on Sunday.
The travelling fans deserved so much more. I just hope we have a lot of mirrors down at County Road because our lads need to have a good hard look at themselves before Friday!