15th May 2018, 19:55
Aston frustrated with "same old" Eagles performance
Sheffield Eagles chief Mark Aston has vented his frustration once again after a poor home performance against London Broncos.
The Eagles were beaten 66-14 at the Olympic Legacy Park following another slow start which put London on the front foot.
Aston admitted his side “were miles away” from where they needed to be against the full-timers.
“(It was the) same old, same old,” said the Director of Rugby.
“We were disappointing and we just weren’t good enough,”
“Yes, London can play football and have players who are dangerous but we just didn’t compete.
It’s very frustrating as we are talking the talk but not walking the walk.
“We have to work harder and find a way as it is hard work and perseverance that will get us to where we want to get.
“But we were miles away.”
The Eagles’ tries came courtesy of St Helens duo Matty Costello, who notched a brace, and centre Jake Spedding.
When asked about their performances, Aston added: “I’ve asked the lads to rate themselves but they (Spedding and Costello) are a couple of the positives,”
“Jake is still finding his feet after being out for a while but he is a good kid.
“He made a few mistakes but scored a cracking try which will hopefully give him confidence.
“Costello had a good go. He’s having a dig and challenging himself to be better. That is the key.
“The problem is we are expecting these to be the saviours but they are young lads who are finding their way.
“We need some of our own senior players (to stand up).
“Matt James didn’t play, same with Matty Fozard who is a particularly strong character.
“Corey Makelim, Joshua Toole and Simon Brown would be in our starting 13 too so it’s hard when we have five or six out.
“But that is the issue.
“There’s too many people waiting for others to do it, too many people looking for excuses.”
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman