SCOTT Naylor made a point of thanking Oldham fans who went to Bradford and witnessed a poor performance in a 47-12 defeat which saw Roughyeds drop into the bottom two for the first time this season.
“It’s an expensive ground to go to and I know we didn’t give them what they wanted to see,” he said.
“But they backed us to the end, as ever, and I just hope they’ll stick with us in the tough weeks ahead.
“We’ve 11 games left in total (four to the end of the regular season and then seven in the Shield) and we’ve got to keep battling.”
If Roughyeds finish in the bottom four at the end of the 23-match regular season, which seems almost certain now, they will have three home games in the Shield and four away, as they did last season.
Of the 11 in total that would be six at home and five away.
Added Scott: “The more fans we have supporting us vocally the better chance we’ll have of getting ourselves out of this situation.
“We’ve lost three games in eight days and in the two at Bower Fold we’ve looked comfortable at times against Halifax and Dewsbury without getting anything out of them.
“Hopefully, we’re now at the bottom of our dip and we can start to improve things.”
Scott Leatherbarrow (lower leg), Jack Spencer (groin) and Michael Ward (ankle) were added to an already long casualty list .
Leatherbarrow and Spencer were hurt in the first few minutes and Ward in the second half.
Ward said he didn’t think there was anything to worry about too much, but Leatherbarrow said he would be going for an x-ray.
He added: “I was tackled heavily and my leg got stuck in the ground. My ankle seemed to go one way and my knee the other, but the pain is in my leg just above the ankle.
“I went on the wing for a minute or two to see how it would go, but there was no way I could carry on. I couldn’t put any weight on it and I certainly couldn’t run.”