LEE Spencer pulled no punches when describing how rock-bottom Roughyeds slumped to a heavy 82-0 defeat at Bradford.
“They were beaten before they went out —- and as a coaching team we were disgusted by the players’ attitude out there,” said assistant coach Spencer, speaking on behalf of the Naylor-Spencer-Carey coaching triumvirate.
He added: “Whether they had one eye on what they consider to be winnable games I don’t know, but that’s not our philosophy. We go out to win every game — the players know that — and what they produced today was totally unacceptable.”
The Oldham camp was not entirely convinced that Bulls operated within the laws of the game when Sammy Gee suffered what was thought to be a season-ending broken ankle in the first half and when Scott Turner had to be moved from full-back to wing in the second half after requiring attention to a back injury sustained in a three-man tackle.
They also thought they were hard done by when Gareth Owen was sin-binned for a high tackle with quarter of an hour left and three minutes later Gary Middlehurst was also shown yellow, for dissent, after being pulled back for offside while chasing David Hewitt’s chip over Bradford’s defensive wall.
Nothing, it seemed, would go right for out-of-sorts Roughyeds on the blackest day of the season, but Spencer stressed that a defeat of this magnitude was down to nobody but the 17 Oldham players on the field.
He went on: “We played most of the last 20 minutes with only 11 men and that’s why the score was racked up. You can’t play this game with 11 men on the field against a team like Bradford.
“No excuses though. The way we played and the amount of effort we put in was unacceptable and it fell way below our usual standards.”