OLDHAM’S players deserved massive credit for the way they responded to a “very honest” dressing room chat at half-time, said coach Scott Naylor, speaking after the “massively important” win at Dewsbury.
Trailing 24-6, Roughyeds listened to the boss and then went out to rattle up 22 unanswered points and win their first away game of the season, 28-24.
Added the Roughyeds boss: “They could have settled for another away defeat, but they showed what they are made of. They were ready to battle and that’s a great quality to have in your team.
“We started okay, but we then had a 20-minute spell when the old Oldham reared its ugly head. Had we trailed by 18 points at half-time this time last year we would probably have conceded 40.
“But the character we showed here was fantastic. It was an enormous win for us for obvious reasons, but also because we know what we are capable of now if we ever find ourselves in that position again at half-time. It was one to put in the memory bank for use later in the season, moving forward.
“Some of the lads were amazing for 80 minutes, but they all did superbly in the second half when, in the main, we stuck to the game plan.”
The win lifted Roughyeds above our derby rivals Rochdale Hornets in the Championship table on a weekend when we were the only team in the bottom half of the Championship to pick up two precious points.
“It was a massively important win for us,” added Scott in thanking the fans who made the trip to the Tetley’s Stadium for their terrific vocal support from start to finish and particularly so in the first half when things were going wrong.
The first thing the players did at the final hooter was to go across to the supporters and celebrate with them.
Said one fan: “It was terrific. You would have thought we had won a trophy.”