Decimated Bradford Bulls face almighty task against Wigan as Francis Cummins forced to wheel out his teenagers

James Donaldson injured his ankle against Leeds Rhinos and misses out today

James Donaldson injured his ankle against Leeds Rhinos and misses out today

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Francis Cummins is demanding an improvement from his players as the Bulls seek to defy the odds and topple champions Wigan today.

Cummins could not hide his frustration after his men were thumped by Leeds on Thursday and another tough test now awaits at the DW Stadium.

The Bulls are down to the bare bones after Adam Sidlow (back), James Donaldson (ankle) and Matty Blythe (knee) were injured against the Rhinos and Dale Ferguson also picked up a knock and will be missing today.

They join a list of absentees including Matt Diskin, Luke George and Jamie Foster, so today’s squad will see a number of teenagers feature and Adam Brook and Sam Bates are in line for possible first-team debuts.

Despite the absence of so many key men, Cummins said: “What I can hope for and what I can demand is that we turn up and perform because we’ve got to be better than we are at the moment.

“We are selling ourselves short. We got ourselves out of a tough situation at the start of the game on Thursday and finally got some decent field position.

“But somebody then tries to go and throw a ball or overplays and the top teams like Leeds punish you.”

The Bulls memorably won at Wigan against all the odds in 2012 at the height of the club’s financial crisis and came agonisingly close to taking the spoils last season.

Cummins added: “A lot of stuff has gone under the bridge since then and we have just got to get back to basics.

“I’d be happy if we just got a fair share of the ball and we didn’t overplay but at the moment we’re not producing enough quality in attack or defence.

“Like I say, we have to recover from our errors quicker and we must improve in every department.”

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8:15am Mon 21 Apr 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Bateman to bite us in the a++e
Bateman to bite us in the a++e fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

8:27am Mon 21 Apr 14

bullsone03 says...

If we can go to Wigan and put up a fight and at least score in both halves that will be good enough for me coyb
If we can go to Wigan and put up a fight and at least score in both halves that will be good enough for me coyb bullsone03
  • Score: 9

8:52am Mon 21 Apr 14

Simplyd1988 says...

Not good enough. Wigan by 40+
Not good enough. Wigan by 40+ Simplyd1988
  • Score: -5

9:12am Mon 21 Apr 14

1964gc says...

Simplyd1988 wrote:
Not good enough. Wigan by 40+
Probably a game we would nt mark down as gaining points.even without the injuries
losing at the lower clubs is the worry
[quote][p][bold]Simplyd1988[/bold] wrote: Not good enough. Wigan by 40+[/p][/quote]Probably a game we would nt mark down as gaining points.even without the injuries losing at the lower clubs is the worry 1964gc
  • Score: 8

9:19am Mon 21 Apr 14

bullybullman says...

I fear a real thumping today all this talk of Wigan easing off & treating it as a training session is a load of rubbish they will try & score as many point a possible

I think it could be a record defeat we lost 70- 6 to Hull in 2012 I think it will be 84 - 6 this could be an all time low.

Before anyone starts this is not a criticism we are in a dire situation here Franny can only play the hand he is dealt. I just hope a crushing defeat might wake our new board up & stop moaning about the points deduction & the lease at Odsal & put some cash into get more recruits.

Ps that is a criticism !
I fear a real thumping today all this talk of Wigan easing off & treating it as a training session is a load of rubbish they will try & score as many point a possible I think it could be a record defeat we lost 70- 6 to Hull in 2012 I think it will be 84 - 6 this could be an all time low. Before anyone starts this is not a criticism we are in a dire situation here Franny can only play the hand he is dealt. I just hope a crushing defeat might wake our new board up & stop moaning about the points deduction & the lease at Odsal & put some cash into get more recruits. Ps that is a criticism ! bullybullman
  • Score: 13

9:29am Mon 21 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up.
You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.
The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up. You have to be brave or stupid to be going today. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -5

9:48am Mon 21 Apr 14

raisemeup says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up.
You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.
You forgot rich TV?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up. You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.[/p][/quote]You forgot rich TV? raisemeup
  • Score: -1

10:22am Mon 21 Apr 14

col 64 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up.
You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.
Why are you calling the fans who who follow the team away stupid tvor? Of all the crass statements you have ever come out with that takes the biscuit.its about being loyal to your team and giving them the support they deserve.is that the way you've looked at some of the away games the bantams have played in,if so I really do feel sorry for the true city supporters.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up. You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.[/p][/quote]Why are you calling the fans who who follow the team away stupid tvor? Of all the crass statements you have ever come out with that takes the biscuit.its about being loyal to your team and giving them the support they deserve.is that the way you've looked at some of the away games the bantams have played in,if so I really do feel sorry for the true city supporters. col 64
  • Score: 7

10:36am Mon 21 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

My prediction today is wigan by 46, share the wealth people.
My prediction today is wigan by 46, share the wealth people. axelf1963
  • Score: -6

6:15pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

col 64 wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up.
You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.
Why are you calling the fans who who follow the team away stupid tvor? Of all the crass statements you have ever come out with that takes the biscuit.its about being loyal to your team and giving them the support they deserve.is that the way you've looked at some of the away games the bantams have played in,if so I really do feel sorry for the true city supporters.
Support they deserve. After today they don't deserve anyone paying hard earned money to see them.
[quote][p][bold]col 64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The bookies have Wigan as 40 point favourites. It all depends on when Wigan decide to play in cruise control, just like Leeds when they let Sinfield put his feet up. You have to be brave or stupid to be going today.[/p][/quote]Why are you calling the fans who who follow the team away stupid tvor? Of all the crass statements you have ever come out with that takes the biscuit.its about being loyal to your team and giving them the support they deserve.is that the way you've looked at some of the away games the bantams have played in,if so I really do feel sorry for the true city supporters.[/p][/quote]Support they deserve. After today they don't deserve anyone paying hard earned money to see them. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 0

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