“I was very proud of the team’s performance. It showed that a lot in our game is right.
“For instance, they only scored one try from a play near our line which indicated that we did a lot right in that area (goal-line defence).
“The disappointing thing was in our yardage defence when we might have switched off a little bit, expecting kicks. They got us a couple of times on their last tackle with off-the-cuff stuff.
“At half-time we talked about completing, getting in the game with no penalties and going set-to-set with them.
“When we do that, and the game is flowing, we look a lot better and after 15 minutes of the second half we had conceded only one more try.
“We were tough, resilient and we put in a massive effort.
“The lads showed they wanted to play for each other and play for the club and that alone will take us a long way.
“The penalty count (15-8 to Rovers) weighed heavily against us. We were often conceding back-to-back penalties and you can’t do that against a Super League team.
“I would have liked to see us with a bit more chance to go at them, but we didn’t get that chance because of all the penalties against us. It was refereed at Super League level.
“Our commitment, effort and sheer hard work were all first class and I’m very proud of that.”
“We had been concentrating all week on our defence and our aim was not to concede a point. I would have been happy with a 2-0 result, the ‘nil’ being the important thing.
“It was a physical game and we were ready for it thanks to what we had done during the week.
“Credit to Oldham. They completed to a high rate, 93 per cent in the first half.
“We picked a strong side, but Oldham competed well and took the game to us. It was nothing fancy — down the middle and then a high kick — but we had to deal with it.
“In the later stages of the game it all got a little bit personal and we lost our way, but by then it all over as a contest.
“We won the penalty count . . . for the first time this year.”
“In a game like this it would have been easy for the lads to lose heart when things were going against them, as they did, but they never once let their heads drop and full credit to them for that.
“As Scott had said previously, there was no way Hull KR were going to be anything less than 100 per cent ready after what we did to them two years ago, but the effort and determination we showed was fantastic.
“We’re back to League 1 now and we face a tough game at Workington next up.
“We’ll have to be switched-on for that one, but we know we have a good squad and a good group of players, as has been shown yet again today.”