Hornets coach John Stankevitch is demanding a big improvement in his side’s attitude in defence.
He said: “I was extremely disappointed by our display against Dewsbury. We were soft in the first half. Dewsbury were probably the biggest side we’ll face this season and some of our guys, I think, thought that they didn’t have a chance from the off.
“We didn’t put our bodies on the line at all in defence. Dewsbury played really well and we lost all the little battles.”
However, Stankevitch insisted: “There were some positives. We looked at our completion rate after the Oldham game and there was a big improvement against Dewsbury – we were near 80 per cent in both halves. We were also down to seven penalties from 17 against Oldham.”
On York, Stankevitch said: “They’re the favourites to win Co-operative Championship One. I’ve played with Chris Thorman at England level so I know the quality he’s got, while Danny Hill is also a strong player.
“We’re looking to build on the positives we picked up against Dewsbury.”
York assistant coach Chris Thorman is considering up to six changes from the line-up that lost at Sheffield on Sunday.
Rochdale v York, Northern Rail Cup, Wednesday 17th February (20:00)