FOLLOWING an opening weekend defeat at the hands of Keighley Cougars, North Wales Crusaders head coach, Mike Grady is hoping that his side have learned their lesson ahead of Sunday’s home clash with Doncaster.
Having seen his side lose by 42 points last Sunday, Grady says that he was disappointed with a number of areas in the game: “Attitude was a major problem against both Gloucestershire All Golds and then Keighley last time out.
“After beating York a few weeks ago, we’ve gone into the following games thinking that we were the better side, and that’s meant that we’ve started games slowly and ultimately paid the price for it.”
He added: “Now we’ve got to put that right, the lads have been worked hard this week and we’ve also had a sit down and talked through the attitude problem that we’ve had.
“Our performances need to improve starting on Sunday. Whilst I’m aware that you can’t win every game, if you lose you need to look back on a game and see that you’ve given everything that you can. However, in the last two games that hasn’t been the case.
“We need to give 100% from the off and we can’t afford to start Sunday’s match slowly or we’ll be punished.”
On Sunday’s opponents, Doncaster, Grady said: “They are a very good side. As I say every week, there are no easy games in this league and to give ourselves a chance of beating Doncaster we’ll have to be at the top of our game.
“We’ve looked at the second half of the game against Keighley as I felt that was an improvement.
“However, we know that there is still plenty more to come from everyone in the squad, and so we’ve now got to start showing that on the pitch.
“Doncaster have recruited well and I could name a number of their players who can cause any team in this league a major problem over the course of a game.
“I also have a lot of respect for their coach, Gary Thornton who is doing a fantastic job.”
Ahead of the Sunday’s clash, Grady shed some light on the current injury situation: “Ryan Millington is still out injured and we obviously have Alex Thompson and Andy Moulsdale out with longer term problems.
“Dale Bloomfield has picked up a knock against Keighley and is also unlikely to feature on Sunday.”
Grady added: “Blake Turner is in contention for a place, Alex Davidson could also be back and we’ve got new signing, Warren Thompson, who’s trained well and could come straight into the squad.”
You can catch Grady’s side in action this Sunday at the Queensway Stadium in Wrexham as they take on Doncaster in the first home league game of the season.