Fozard: It’s all about team work

Sheffield hooker Matty Fozard has called on the importance of team work for getting the Eagles through their rough patch.

Sheffield were thought to be potential relegation candidates heading into the Championship Shield, but a run of wins has got them into third position and a semi-final place in the Shield.

Fozard told Love Rugby League about the revival: “I think we’ve all just knuckled down, obviously it’s been an up and down season but I think we have all just come together as a team, we all started to switch on.”

Off the pitch, the Eagles said recently there was a real possibility of the club will “very shortly be unable to fulfil our financial requirements.”

Despite this, Fozard said the aim is for the Championship Shield.

“Obviously we have four games left of the 8s and the semi-final and the final,” he said.

O”ur target is to get to the final. We all want to win something at the end of the season, especially with what is going on at the club at the moment.

“We’re keeping together as a team and hopefully we will go all the way.”

When asked about the situation off the pitch, he said: “We (the players) know just as much as everyone else at the moment.

“Obviously it’s come out in the press. We were told about two days beforehand.

“It’s in the back of everyone’s mind, coaches, staff, fans, players but I think as players and coaches we need to focus on our main objective.”

The Eagles lost a thriller on Sunday as they went down to Swinton Lions 40-38 and it was their first defeat in three games, which the Welsh hooker put down to not being clinical enough.

“I think we just need to be a little more clinical in their half. We were down in their half a few times but we just couldn’t really put it to bed,” Fozard said.

“We would get a few tries in front and not really take advantage of it. I think with Swinton, we took too much of a step back and they just took over the game really.”

They play Oldham away from home today, which Fozard said is a chance to “right the wrongs” of the Swinton match.

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