19th March 2019, 16:55
Davey: We are making ourselves accountable
Behind the scenes after the Eagles’ 16-13 victory over Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium, the players were receiving their usual debriefing from Mark Aston.
But following that, all of the coaching staff were sent into the corridor and there was no winners’ song for around two minutes.
The players were having a debrief of their very own until the song could be heard loud and clear.
According to Eagles hooker James Davey, it’s important for the players to be frank with each other and especially after a game which could have easily gone the other way.
“We want to be accountable for our actions and we are a close group,” he commented when questioned about the players-only discussion.
“We are a new team but we’re tight-knit with a lot of leaders in the squad.
“We didn’t want to be going to York after back-to-back defeats.
“We needed to get back on the horse and we did that.
“We’re five from six now and near to the top of the league so we can’t complain about that.
“We just need to get our performances right and we’ll be up there.”
The Eagles received a red card and a yellow card against Dewsbury, a repeat of what happened against Featherstone just a week prior.
Brad Knowles was sent off for punching while Joel Farrell had a ten-minute spell in the sin-bin courtesy of a high tackle.
Both Aston, and now Davey, admit it is something that needs to improve ahead of this weekend’s visit to York.
“Our discipline is something that we need to work on and get back,” he added.
“We are a good side but we do need to tighten up on our tackling.
“It was a really scrappy game and we didn’t play to our standards.
“Dewsbury came to play and made it really tough for us.
“We managed to get the win in the end which is all that matters.
“We just need to work hard in training this week to improve on our performance.”
By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman