Swinton Lions remain firmly in the Championship relegation dogfight after Sunday’s 26-12 loss against Batley Bulldogs.
The result left Swinton tenth in the table and there was no hiding the disappointment felt by head coach John Duffy after the game.
“I thought we got a bit out enthused in that first half – they showed a bit more intent than us,” he said.
“They are a very experienced team. We knew that they weren’t going to stop for eighty minutes and we had a few passengers in our side during that first half.”
“I don’t know whether it was nerves or with the young squad we’ve got, some people trying too hard. It was very disappointing.
“We are very low in there because of where we are and we’ve got to find a way out of it.”
Former Swinton player James Brown and experienced prop Alex Rowe made a big impact for the visitors when introduced.
Duffy added: “We spoke about Brown and Rowe all week.
“We had two (tries) disallowed here in the first half and it really put us under the pump. I will have to have a look at those to see if they were offside and forward pass.
“We struggled to get out of our own half through lack of intent and they came at us hard all game. They are a good team when they are on it. We’ve got some hard work to do.
“There are positives in everything that we do, but there are more negatives at the moment. It’s more of a mentality thing with us at the moment, because we have got such a young squad.”