Lee Gaskell accepts Wakefield a must-win match for Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Lee Gaskell insists the Bulls will be training hard this week to get the Catalan game out of their system as they chase vital points against fellow strugglers Wakefield Lee Gaskell insists the Bulls will be training hard this week to get the Catalan game out of their system as they chase vital points against fellow strugglers Wakefield

Lee Gaskell admits his frustration got the better of him during Saturday’s horror show in Catalan but he is confident the Bulls can turn things around against Wakefield.

Francis Cummins’ men were thumped 46-4 in Perpignan and remain on zero points after 14 rounds of their Super League campaign.

They must beat the third-bottom Wildcats at Odsal on Sunday and hope next week’s points appeal is successful if they are to begin climbing to safety.

But Gaskell believes his team can produce the right response against Richard Agar’s side after a disappointing afternoon in France.

The former St Helens star said: “We all spoke about Catalan being a big game and we thought we could go there and get one over on them.

“But it wasn’t meant to be. I think a few people were getting a bit frustrated but we’ve just got to stick to the game-plan and stick with each other.

“The Wakefield game is a no-brainer – we simply have to win – and we’re going to be training hard this week to put the Catalan game to the back of our minds. I think it was just an off-day.”

The Bulls picked up no new injuries against the Dragons and Jamal Fakir, Dale Ferguson, Matty Blythe, Matt Diskin and Chev Walker could all return at the weekend.

Gaskell said: “You look at the players we have got coming back such as Chev, Matty and Matt and one or two others, then you can see our squad is getting stronger all the time.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard for each other.”

Gaskell was outpaced by Morgan Escare when the Catalan full back blitzed through the Bulls defence to score an exhilarating long-range effort in the second minute.

He admitted he was feeling the effects of an ankle injury sustained against Huddersfield during the Magic Weekend defeat.

Gaskell explained: “It’s just a knock to my ankle but it’s fine and you just have to get on with it.

“It’s part and parcel of the sport and you have to just keep trudging on.”

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8:51am Tue 27 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Wonder if he will throw his teddy out of the pram again if bulls losing.
Wonder if he will throw his teddy out of the pram again if bulls losing. axelf1963
  • Score: -3

9:20am Tue 27 May 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Wonder if he will throw his teddy out of the pram again if bulls losing.
Dont be churlish axelf Gaskell was showing how frustrated he was, and it's about time passion for something was shown?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Wonder if he will throw his teddy out of the pram again if bulls losing.[/p][/quote]Dont be churlish axelf Gaskell was showing how frustrated he was, and it's about time passion for something was shown? raisemeup
  • Score: 11

9:29am Tue 27 May 14

nosher says...

Only watched the first half, but apart from him getting run round for the first try, he did better than some. To me there is nothing wrong with showing some passion when you are fed up of losing. If you dont have the passion and desire you might as well stop playing.
Only watched the first half, but apart from him getting run round for the first try, he did better than some. To me there is nothing wrong with showing some passion when you are fed up of losing. If you dont have the passion and desire you might as well stop playing. nosher
  • Score: 10

9:36am Tue 27 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axel,
You are resorting to being daft again.As Nosher says,if you have no passion then pack it in.I like many others was embarrassed by the performance and I was sat on my own in my living room watching it.Glad I decided not to travel up there to watch that.However I will be at Odsal in July.Unfortunately one of the games I will have to watch is against Wigan I believe.Maybe they might turn their juniors out and give us a chance.
Axel, You are resorting to being daft again.As Nosher says,if you have no passion then pack it in.I like many others was embarrassed by the performance and I was sat on my own in my living room watching it.Glad I decided not to travel up there to watch that.However I will be at Odsal in July.Unfortunately one of the games I will have to watch is against Wigan I believe.Maybe they might turn their juniors out and give us a chance. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -3

9:39am Tue 27 May 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Remember, this is a big game for Wakefield too. If they win it then they are just about clear. It should be a cracking game. Unfortunately, the idea of bringing back relegation was to create interest right through Super League up to the final games not mid-season conclusion. If this was the final game of the season, it would have created enough interest to put a few extra bodies through the turnstiles. Now, I wonder, what will be the interest in and attendance for this?
Remember, this is a big game for Wakefield too. If they win it then they are just about clear. It should be a cracking game. Unfortunately, the idea of bringing back relegation was to create interest right through Super League up to the final games not mid-season conclusion. If this was the final game of the season, it would have created enough interest to put a few extra bodies through the turnstiles. Now, I wonder, what will be the interest in and attendance for this? The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 7

9:42am Tue 27 May 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

"The Bulls picked up no new injuries against the Dragons."
Mainly because there was very little contact. Were they saving themselves for this game? The plot thickens. Those six points look to be on their way back! Conspiracy at Red Hall?
"The Bulls picked up no new injuries against the Dragons." Mainly because there was very little contact. Were they saving themselves for this game? The plot thickens. Those six points look to be on their way back! Conspiracy at Red Hall? The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 2

10:03am Tue 27 May 14

D J B. says...

Does Francis Cummins acctualy go to the matches? his comments ater the game are quite diffrent to the match ive just sat and watched. He says the Catalands game was an embarrasment, tell me a match that has not been, he must step down now he has done noyhing for the club, look at the stas speaks for its self, come on Mark Green get a grip, put your hard earnt cash to better use, it will be grim in the championship.
Does Francis Cummins acctualy go to the matches? his comments ater the game are quite diffrent to the match ive just sat and watched. He says the Catalands game was an embarrasment, tell me a match that has not been, he must step down now he has done noyhing for the club, look at the stas speaks for its self, come on Mark Green get a grip, put your hard earnt cash to better use, it will be grim in the championship. D J B.
  • Score: 0

10:36am Tue 27 May 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

the only surprise form this article is the fact that Lee says they had a game plan??????
the only surprise form this article is the fact that Lee says they had a game plan?????? fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 10

11:55am Tue 27 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together
Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together axelf1963
  • Score: 4

12:21pm Tue 27 May 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together
Some of that sorry lot need a kick up the harris never mind being shouted at lol Playing at full back with some of them defenders in front of you would expose you and make you look bad.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together[/p][/quote]Some of that sorry lot need a kick up the harris never mind being shouted at lol Playing at full back with some of them defenders in front of you would expose you and make you look bad. nosher
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Tue 27 May 14

nosher says...

nosher wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together
Some of that sorry lot need a kick up the harris never mind being shouted at lol Playing at full back with some of them defenders in front of you would expose you and make you look bad.
The art of proper tackling is sadly missing. That first try made me think of Sir Keith Mumby. In the same situation, I would bet my life that he would have stopped him dead with his text book style of leg tackling. Not trying to grab his shirt collar. A lot of things in rugby have changed over the last 30 years, but the best way to tackle has always been round the legs.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together[/p][/quote]Some of that sorry lot need a kick up the harris never mind being shouted at lol Playing at full back with some of them defenders in front of you would expose you and make you look bad.[/p][/quote]The art of proper tackling is sadly missing. That first try made me think of Sir Keith Mumby. In the same situation, I would bet my life that he would have stopped him dead with his text book style of leg tackling. Not trying to grab his shirt collar. A lot of things in rugby have changed over the last 30 years, but the best way to tackle has always been round the legs. nosher
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Tue 27 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Did you ever make a leg tackle nosher ?
Did you ever make a leg tackle nosher ? axelf1963
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Tue 27 May 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together
Or as Ricky Tomlinson said, All in this together- My A..e?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its one thing showing passion Spangles but another losing your temper with team mates, As David Cameron often says we're all in this together[/p][/quote]Or as Ricky Tomlinson said, All in this together- My A..e? raisemeup
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Tue 27 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Maybe sir David Cameron should take charge of the bulls to turn fortunes around.
Maybe sir David Cameron should take charge of the bulls to turn fortunes around. axelf1963
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Tue 27 May 14

losing hope says...

I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive.
Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated
You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club.
I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive. Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club. losing hope
  • Score: 5

3:06pm Tue 27 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axel,

Bet Nosher made a few legs tremble. L.O.L.
Axel, Bet Nosher made a few legs tremble. L.O.L. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

3:45pm Tue 27 May 14

audal says...

WELCOME TO LAWKHOLME LANE............ AGAIN !!!!!!!
WELCOME TO LAWKHOLME LANE............ AGAIN !!!!!!! audal
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Tue 27 May 14

axelf1963 says...

I am sure in his youth nosher could make a knee tremble but not these days Spangles.
I am sure in his youth nosher could make a knee tremble but not these days Spangles. axelf1963
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Tue 27 May 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Did you ever make a leg tackle nosher ?
nope. lol
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Did you ever make a leg tackle nosher ?[/p][/quote]nope. lol nosher
  • Score: -2

4:23pm Tue 27 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Happy days Axel.All on walking these days.L.O.L
Happy days Axel.All on walking these days.L.O.L spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Tue 27 May 14

raisemeup says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Maybe sir David Cameron should take charge of the bulls to turn fortunes around.
No it's bad enough as it is?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Maybe sir David Cameron should take charge of the bulls to turn fortunes around.[/p][/quote]No it's bad enough as it is? raisemeup
  • Score: -3

5:21pm Tue 27 May 14

caledonia15 says...

losing hope wrote:
I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive.
Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated
You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club.
Totally agree with this post, as i stated in a previous post, the silence coming out of odsal is deafening, this along with the disgraceful displays we are having to suffer on the pitch really worries me.As one of the many that have stood by the club over the troubles of the last few years, bought season tickets, merchandise, attended functions and put my hard earned money in appeals, buckets,etc,and got additional folk to go to the games it really sickens me that the "board" appear to be totally disinterested in the hardcore of supporters that are standing by the club. Its not for me i am afraid - if we don't hear something about what plans ( if any?) are in place to bring this once great club back to where it belongs, then i am sorry to say that after over 50 years of supporting Bradford Northern / Bulls it will be the end for me, totally fed up with the antics that have gone on at Odsal for the last few years.
[quote][p][bold]losing hope[/bold] wrote: I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive. Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with this post, as i stated in a previous post, the silence coming out of odsal is deafening, this along with the disgraceful displays we are having to suffer on the pitch really worries me.As one of the many that have stood by the club over the troubles of the last few years, bought season tickets, merchandise, attended functions and put my hard earned money in appeals, buckets,etc,and got additional folk to go to the games it really sickens me that the "board" appear to be totally disinterested in the hardcore of supporters that are standing by the club. Its not for me i am afraid - if we don't hear something about what plans ( if any?) are in place to bring this once great club back to where it belongs, then i am sorry to say that after over 50 years of supporting Bradford Northern / Bulls it will be the end for me, totally fed up with the antics that have gone on at Odsal for the last few years. caledonia15
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Tue 27 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

I'm the same spent 50 years man and boy initially playing then supporting the club. The problem is, the club has died its heart has stopped beating and Greene and co don't give a jot. Basically he is waiting to get his money out from parachute payment IMO then. If the club doesn't pay it's way wind it up.
I've been accused of knowing nothing but I'll tell you this much the team know the end game and they also know the done deals re existing players so let's face facts this once great club is finished and look back on the good times.
And as a last thought why would they finish FC that would mean compo and there's fat chance of that!
I'm the same spent 50 years man and boy initially playing then supporting the club. The problem is, the club has died its heart has stopped beating and Greene and co don't give a jot. Basically he is waiting to get his money out from parachute payment IMO then. If the club doesn't pay it's way wind it up. I've been accused of knowing nothing but I'll tell you this much the team know the end game and they also know the done deals re existing players so let's face facts this once great club is finished and look back on the good times. And as a last thought why would they finish FC that would mean compo and there's fat chance of that! Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Tue 27 May 14

Videoref says...

losing hope wrote:
I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive.
Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated
You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club.
I'll tell you- S.F.A.
We've only heard from Robbie to try and up the gate money on Sunday as it will be last chance saloon
[quote][p][bold]losing hope[/bold] wrote: I would like to hear from your reporter Ross Heppenstall why there is complete silence from the Chairman ,Managing Director, and the Chief Executive. Surely the fans are entitled to hear what these 3 key people have to say about the present predicament and what they are going to do about it before we get relegated You 3 gentlemen should respect your supporters more and tell us what you are planning to do for the future of this once great club.[/p][/quote]I'll tell you- S.F.A. We've only heard from Robbie to try and up the gate money on Sunday as it will be last chance saloon Videoref
  • Score: 1

9:24pm Tue 27 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Videoref,
I personally think last chance saloon has gone.The Bulls will be relegated,I hope against hope I am wrong but do not think I will be.It will also be a long way back to S.L.if we ever do get back.
Videoref, I personally think last chance saloon has gone.The Bulls will be relegated,I hope against hope I am wrong but do not think I will be.It will also be a long way back to S.L.if we ever do get back. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

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