OLDHAM RL coaching staff and players have had a frank discussion about the poor performance at Swinton and, in Scott Naylor’s words, have put the game to bed.
Post-match, Naylor described the 28-18 defeat as his biggest disappointment in his three and a half years at the club.
The Roughyeds boss is now looking for a “huge response” against in-form Batley Bulldogs, joint leaders of the Championship, at Bower Fold on Sunday, 3pm.
He said: “We had a long talk about it at training on Tuesday — hardly surprising because we had a lot to talk about.
“As always, we got things out in the open. Now we need a huge response against Batley.”
Utility back Jack Holmes (ankle) and second-row forward Danny Langtree (hamstring) won’t be fit but winger Adam Clay is expected to be available after missing the Swinton game because he felt unwell.
Added Naylor: “Jack hasn’t broken the ankle, but he has serious ligament damage and ligament injuries can be tricky and complex. It’s too soon yet to put a timescale on how long he will be out.
“As for ‘Langers’ (Langtree) I think we can safely say he will be out again this week, but we think he could be available for the Sheffield game on April 10.
“The club physio tells me another week off will do him good.
“Adam didn’t train on Tuesday because he was still under the weather, but I am confident he will be okay by weekend.
“A few players have bruises and niggles after two games in four days but apart from long-term absentees, plus Holmes and Langtree, everybody should be all right.”