Matt Diskin admits Bulls are in a "bad place" after latest thumping

Caretaker coach Matt Diskin leaves the pitch at the final whistle after the Bulls' home defeat to Hull KR

Caretaker coach Matt Diskin leaves the pitch at the final whistle after the Bulls' home defeat to Hull KR

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MATT Diskin admitted the Bulls' survival hopes were effectively over after they were thumped 44-18 at home by Hull KR last night.

The club captain reluctantly took caretaker charge in the first game since Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire were sacked on Monday.

With only ten games remaining, the Bulls have just two points to their name and Diskin said the lack of depth in the squad had finally taken its toll on the players.

After a 13th Super League defeat of the season, Diskin said: "Where does this result leave us? In a bad place.

"Mathematically it is still achievable but we're relying on other people not performing now; Wakefield in particular.

"We'll try our damndest every week as we do and hope for the best – but we are hoping at this stage.

"The overall squad depth is lacking a lot because we haven't got competition for places and the players are mentally fatigued.

"There's no real accountability for their places in the team and if you don't play well then you're going to play next week because we've got no strength in depth.

"There is nobody kept on their toes and that's the dilemma I have next week if I'm still in charge.

"That's the dilemma the new coach will have because there is no depth there to freshen people up mentally.

"Antonio Kaufusi was the type of player we needed in the front row but unfortunately we only managed to get him for four weeks."

Diskin reiterated his support for Cummins and St Hilaire and said head of youth Richard Tunningley and equipment manager Leigh Beattie had assisted him in preparing the team.

He said: "I had great support from Leigh Beattie and Richard Tunningley. Steve Ferres was also around the place offering support if needed but it wasn't needed.

"We trained really well and tapped in to the quality resources already put in place by Francis and Lee.

"If I'm asked to do it again then yes, I will. I don't really have a choice because that's the position we are in."

Brett Kearney will return for next week's trip to Warrington and it remains to be seen if the Bulls will appoint a successor to Cummins before then.

Jimmy Lowes and John Kear have made their interest known and Glenn Morrison is also in the running.

Diskin said: "I know they want to make a decision as quickly as possible but I also know they want to make the right choice.

"I'm not hiding the fact I was reluctant to do it because I was stepping in on the back of two quality people who we had there.

"They held this team together through all the adversity we've had for the last couple of years.

"But I enjoyed it and if you're going to do it then you do it properly.

"I spent many hours with the preparation, as my wife will vouch for as she’s not seen me all week.

"We’ve got a problem transferring it into a game. We played some decent rugby early on but every time we got ourselves in a decent position we made errors that shouldn’t made at this level.

"That’s the sort of thing you see on a Sunday morning when the kids are playing but we’re making them week in week out.

"It shows these guys are mentally fatigued – they’re like the bullied kid at school."

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9:18am Sat 21 Jun 14

Out of site says...

Bradford bulls are pleased to announce we are know a complete joke.
Bradford bulls are pleased to announce we are know a complete joke. Out of site
  • Score: 6

9:22am Sat 21 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

I think under the circumstances, we should thank Matt Diskin for the effort he put in with the Team. because largely the schoolboy errors came about after he had left the field. We seemed to loose our direction with no play maker to speak of. The results after this are largely academic - at least we know where we stand.
I think under the circumstances, we should thank Matt Diskin for the effort he put in with the Team. because largely the schoolboy errors came about after he had left the field. We seemed to loose our direction with no play maker to speak of. The results after this are largely academic - at least we know where we stand. raisemeup
  • Score: 21

9:44am Sat 21 Jun 14

Scrouge says...

raisemeup wrote:
I think under the circumstances, we should thank Matt Diskin for the effort he put in with the Team. because largely the schoolboy errors came about after he had left the field. We seemed to loose our direction with no play maker to speak of. The results after this are largely academic - at least we know where we stand.
SOMEONE SMELL THAT MANS BREATH!
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: I think under the circumstances, we should thank Matt Diskin for the effort he put in with the Team. because largely the schoolboy errors came about after he had left the field. We seemed to loose our direction with no play maker to speak of. The results after this are largely academic - at least we know where we stand.[/p][/quote]SOMEONE SMELL THAT MANS BREATH! Scrouge
  • Score: -4

10:46am Sat 21 Jun 14

davidworthmore says...

We all knew before the game what seasons' outcome was going to be. It was pleasing to see some extra effort being put in last night. Matt Diskin did not have time to work on and improve the defensive weaknesses. There were fewer errors, which may bode well for next season in the Championship. Straight back into Super League with stronger determination.
We all knew before the game what seasons' outcome was going to be. It was pleasing to see some extra effort being put in last night. Matt Diskin did not have time to work on and improve the defensive weaknesses. There were fewer errors, which may bode well for next season in the Championship. Straight back into Super League with stronger determination. davidworthmore
  • Score: 3

10:59am Sat 21 Jun 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Our forwards aren't big enough. They weren't big enough at the start of the season and Kaufusi's contribution highlighted the problem in that area. They should appoint Brain Noble as head coach immediately.
Our forwards aren't big enough. They weren't big enough at the start of the season and Kaufusi's contribution highlighted the problem in that area. They should appoint Brain Noble as head coach immediately. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 5

11:03am Sat 21 Jun 14

Videoref says...

I thought there was an improvement last night. Some soft tries and some mistakes but defence early on was much better. With Sammut at stand off we could have won that.
Relegation is a certainty but at least we could get into a winning mentality rather than a losing one
Onwards and upwards!
I thought there was an improvement last night. Some soft tries and some mistakes but defence early on was much better. With Sammut at stand off we could have won that. Relegation is a certainty but at least we could get into a winning mentality rather than a losing one Onwards and upwards! Videoref
  • Score: 10

11:06am Sat 21 Jun 14

oswald777 says...

2 quality people ??!! So Diskin thinks L. St hilaire was a quality defensive coach ?? God help us.......
2 quality people ??!! So Diskin thinks L. St hilaire was a quality defensive coach ?? God help us....... oswald777
  • Score: 5

11:33am Sat 21 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Videoref wrote:
I thought there was an improvement last night. Some soft tries and some mistakes but defence early on was much better. With Sammut at stand off we could have won that.
Relegation is a certainty but at least we could get into a winning mentality rather than a losing one
Onwards and upwards!
Sammut was the last straw. Carvell would have been an overpaid disappointment, as Hull have found out and Scruton, who knows, could have been plagued by injury. So the squad is largely as Cummins assembled. In fact in Pitts and Kafusi, we replaced the loss of Carvell and Scruton quite well. But, it was a sub-standard squad with only Sammut and Kearney as stand outs. The Bulls were always going to struggle, even with the six points, but many players failed to reach their potential making a bad problem worse. However, you don't sack a coach without a replacement in mind unless something was said behind closed doors. Again, supporters are left wondering as the club folds inward and shrouds itself in secrecy. We need a no nonsense, old-style coach who has plied his trade in the forwards and will do it his way or show them the highway. Having accepted relegation, in as many words, what is left for this season? I dread to think what the results may be when the äcting" coach infers we are doomed. Motivational or what?
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: I thought there was an improvement last night. Some soft tries and some mistakes but defence early on was much better. With Sammut at stand off we could have won that. Relegation is a certainty but at least we could get into a winning mentality rather than a losing one Onwards and upwards![/p][/quote]Sammut was the last straw. Carvell would have been an overpaid disappointment, as Hull have found out and Scruton, who knows, could have been plagued by injury. So the squad is largely as Cummins assembled. In fact in Pitts and Kafusi, we replaced the loss of Carvell and Scruton quite well. But, it was a sub-standard squad with only Sammut and Kearney as stand outs. The Bulls were always going to struggle, even with the six points, but many players failed to reach their potential making a bad problem worse. However, you don't sack a coach without a replacement in mind unless something was said behind closed doors. Again, supporters are left wondering as the club folds inward and shrouds itself in secrecy. We need a no nonsense, old-style coach who has plied his trade in the forwards and will do it his way or show them the highway. Having accepted relegation, in as many words, what is left for this season? I dread to think what the results may be when the äcting" coach infers we are doomed. Motivational or what? The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Kellington Bull says...

oswald777 wrote:
2 quality people ??!! So Diskin thinks L. St hilaire was a quality defensive coach ?? God help us.......
Spot on Oswald. I have time for FC, he did his best with a small squad but both had to go as they were totally ineffectivebut St Hilaire as "quality defensive coach" is an absolute joke.
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: 2 quality people ??!! So Diskin thinks L. St hilaire was a quality defensive coach ?? God help us.......[/p][/quote]Spot on Oswald. I have time for FC, he did his best with a small squad but both had to go as they were totally ineffectivebut St Hilaire as "quality defensive coach" is an absolute joke. Kellington Bull
  • Score: 15

12:42pm Sat 21 Jun 14

salford red says...

the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better...
the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better... salford red
  • Score: 4

1:44pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hirdy says...

salford red wrote:
the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better...
put money where mouth is. Is money not what got us into this problem in the first place. look what money as done for Salford nothing. Build the business on good foundations. Start at the bottom and slowly grow. Back to basics we can grow again but throwing money in is not the answer. Youth experience and hard work. With a solid customer base not a bunch of moaners who only know good times not the bad times.
[quote][p][bold]salford red[/bold] wrote: the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better...[/p][/quote]put money where mouth is. Is money not what got us into this problem in the first place. look what money as done for Salford nothing. Build the business on good foundations. Start at the bottom and slowly grow. Back to basics we can grow again but throwing money in is not the answer. Youth experience and hard work. With a solid customer base not a bunch of moaners who only know good times not the bad times. hirdy
  • Score: 6

3:40pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Sense99 says...

At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year.
At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year. Sense99
  • Score: 8

3:48pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Sense99 wrote:
At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year.
Not unless they change the coach again :)
[quote][p][bold]Sense99[/bold] wrote: At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year.[/p][/quote]Not unless they change the coach again :) Videoref
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Solomon Grundy wrote:
Our forwards aren't big enough. They weren't big enough at the start of the season and Kaufusi's contribution highlighted the problem in that area. They should appoint Brain Noble as head coach immediately.
But if the biggest one would run with some purpose it would be a vast improvement.
[quote][p][bold]Solomon Grundy[/bold] wrote: Our forwards aren't big enough. They weren't big enough at the start of the season and Kaufusi's contribution highlighted the problem in that area. They should appoint Brain Noble as head coach immediately.[/p][/quote]But if the biggest one would run with some purpose it would be a vast improvement. Videoref
  • Score: 4

4:13pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Out of site says...

Videoref wrote:
Sense99 wrote:
At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year.
Not unless they change the coach again :)
FC is doing nowt.
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sense99[/bold] wrote: At least money kept Salford in super league, and they will be even stronger next year.[/p][/quote]Not unless they change the coach again :)[/p][/quote]FC is doing nowt. Out of site
  • Score: 0

11:41am Sun 22 Jun 14

nowt fresh says...

salford red wrote:
the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better...
salford red do you know something we don't ? maybe he does not have the money to put where his mouth is.
[quote][p][bold]salford red[/bold] wrote: the bulls have a great fan base.. so sad they are being let down.. mr green needs to put is money where is mouth is now.. bulls fans deserve better...[/p][/quote]salford red do you know something we don't ? maybe he does not have the money to put where his mouth is. nowt fresh
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today.
Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 11

7:22pm Sun 22 Jun 14

northern pig says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today.
Was a great win for them, London are improving week on week.In a couple of weeks at this rate our points difference will be worse than theirs.If they can contrive a win,we will be at the bottom of the heap,by default of course, lets not forget we have won four games but at this moment in time,we are crap
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today.[/p][/quote]Was a great win for them, London are improving week on week.In a couple of weeks at this rate our points difference will be worse than theirs.If they can contrive a win,we will be at the bottom of the heap,by default of course, lets not forget we have won four games but at this moment in time,we are crap northern pig
  • Score: 5

3:57am Mon 23 Jun 14

CanaBull says...

Great win for Wakefield, pretty **** chuffed for them. The Bulls game was on the telly over here in Canada this weekend. Saw the score but can't bring myself to watch it after all the other disappointments this week!
Great win for Wakefield, pretty **** chuffed for them. The Bulls game was on the telly over here in Canada this weekend. Saw the score but can't bring myself to watch it after all the other disappointments this week! CanaBull
  • Score: 3

9:57am Mon 23 Jun 14

caledonia15 says...

northern pig wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today.
Was a great win for them, London are improving week on week.In a couple of weeks at this rate our points difference will be worse than theirs.If they can contrive a win,we will be at the bottom of the heap,by default of course, lets not forget we have won four games but at this moment in time,we are crap
I am pretty sue the way things are going we will finish bottom of the pile, London do look to be improving and come the last game of the season for us down there i can see another defeat on the cards.
God knows how many points are shambles of a side will leak in the next few matches, i really do dis pear at watching this very sad shadow of a once proud and great side. I honestly just don't know if i can bear to watch this awful team any more, apart from a very few who put their heart and soul into playing the rest are a total waste of time.
Well done to Wakefield for their win over Wigan yesterday, that really puts the soil over the coffin for us now, a great shame our Players cant motivate their selves to put some pride into their performances.
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Got to say that Wakefield deserve to stay up, another great win today.[/p][/quote]Was a great win for them, London are improving week on week.In a couple of weeks at this rate our points difference will be worse than theirs.If they can contrive a win,we will be at the bottom of the heap,by default of course, lets not forget we have won four games but at this moment in time,we are crap[/p][/quote]I am pretty sue the way things are going we will finish bottom of the pile, London do look to be improving and come the last game of the season for us down there i can see another defeat on the cards. God knows how many points are shambles of a side will leak in the next few matches, i really do dis pear at watching this very sad shadow of a once proud and great side. I honestly just don't know if i can bear to watch this awful team any more, apart from a very few who put their heart and soul into playing the rest are a total waste of time. Well done to Wakefield for their win over Wigan yesterday, that really puts the soil over the coffin for us now, a great shame our Players cant motivate their selves to put some pride into their performances. caledonia15
  • Score: 1

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