SCOTT Naylor heaped praise on Haydock’s passion and energy while admitting that he was less than happy with how Oldham started.
Roughyeds went two tries down inside the first ten minutes as the amateurs gave their vociferous fans plenty of reasons to raise the roof for the benefit of the BBC’s streamed internet coverage.
Naylor’s men steadied themselves and went on to win comfortably with 28 points to spare, but the Roughyeds boss was adamant that the poor start needed to be addressed.
He said: “We made the first mistake, gave away the first penalty and let in the first try. Haydock came out with more passion and energy and deserve a lot of credit.
“The pitch (wet, sloppy, heavy) was a leveller, but you can’t take anything away from Haydock, whose pride and passion rubbed off on their fantastic supporters.
“It took us a while to realise that we were in a game. Once we had done that we never looked likely to have any serious problems.
“But that’s not good enough. We have Batley Bulldogs away next and if we start in the same way over there we’ll soon be in big trouble.
“I know Chris Smith (Haydock coach) from our playing days (Naylor was a centre at Bradford Bulls when Smith played on the wing for Castleford, St Helens and Hull) and he is doing a good job.
“Everyone at Haydock should be extremely proud of what they’ve achieved.”