Bradford Bulls star Chev Walker admits: "We have hit rock-bottom"

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Chev Walker made his 300th career appearance against Salford Chev Walker made his 300th career appearance against Salford

Chev Walker admits the relegation-threatened Bulls have hit "rock bottom" but sends out a note of defiance ahead of their game against Hull KR at the Provident Stadium tomorrow night.

Captain Matt Diskin takes charge of his first match as caretaker coach following the sacking of head coach Francis Cummins and assistant Lee St Hilaire in the wake of Sunday's demoralising 46-18 defeat at Salford.

It was the latest twist in a season of woe for the Bulls which began with the deduction of six points for going into administration and leaves them with the unlikely task of needing to win at least five of their last 11 matches to preserve their First Utility Super League status.

"Sadly we are used to things going against us but we're not rolling over and calling it quits," Walker said. "Obviously confidence is shot at the minute.

"Disko has put his hand up and his first day as coach was good. We had a good session and he delivered his messages and his game plan over to us really well.

"Credit to Disko for doing that. Obviously Lee and Franny were a big part of our group and held us together for so long so it's sad, but as a group we owe it to them and to ourselves to try and get some performances.

"We are trying to gain something to give us that little bit of confidence to move forward."

Cummins paid the price for the below-par performances of his players and the 31-year-old Walker, who had a two-year spell at Hull KR from 2008-09, acknowledged he endured an off day at Salford, which was a sad way to mark his 300th career appearance.

"There is no point looking at the table, we know where we're at," Walker said. "We're all striving to be that bit better in what we're doing.

"I know at the weekend I was second guessing over things that I'd normally take for granted. I don't know if it was pressure, it just seemed to be one of them where we fall in a heap. It seems to come down to a lack of trust in your own ability and the situation that we're in."

If Bradford are to pull off "mission impossible", a win over a weakened Rovers is essential and Walker sees the visit of his old club as a potential life-saver.

"It's a winnable game but we've not been helping ourselves at times," he said.

"Our backs are completely against the wall now, we are at rock bottom, so we definitely need to come out fighting.

"Regardless of the result, we need to get some confidence back, and hopefully off the back of that the performances and wins will come.

"Hull KR are in a similar boat to ourselves. They've got a decent enough squad to be able to play well but they are a bit hit and miss. It should be a good battle between two teams looking for a bit of momentum."

Rovers have slipped out of the top eight after conceding 88 points in their last two matches, and former Bradford favourite Jamie Langley joined fellow forwards Justin Poore, Kevin Larroyer and Jordan Cox on the sidelines with a season-ending knee injury sustained in last Friday's home defeat by Warrington.

The Robins beat the Bulls 16-0 at home in March but coach Craig Sandercock, who is in talks over a new contract, admits the change of coach makes Bradford dangerous opponents.

"I am disappointed for Francis as a coach but when teams change coaches there always seems to be one or two weeks where they really up the ante," Sandercock said.

"On paper they have a good squad and at their home ground they are always tough to play against so we are under no illusions."

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5:48pm Thu 19 Jun 14

stormingnorm says...

Walk the walk , don't just talk the talk !
Walk the walk , don't just talk the talk ! stormingnorm
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7:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Glassjaw says...

A bit of velcro on his hands might help!
A bit of velcro on his hands might help! Glassjaw
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7:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

Hit rock bottom?? Ya don't say!!!
Hit rock bottom?? Ya don't say!!! BirchLane-1964
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8:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

tuono 59 says...

i would like all bulls players to announce if they intend to be at the club next season or not. this information may explain some performances .go on i dare you.
i would like all bulls players to announce if they intend to be at the club next season or not. this information may explain some performances .go on i dare you. tuono 59
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8:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bringbackjimmy says...

Oh dear....Mr Walker's comments are so familiar...."our backs are completely against the wall....we are at rock bottom....need to come out fighting....we need to get some confidence back, and hopefully off the back of that the performances and wins will come..."
If I was in the position of communications officer of the Bulls, I'd now instil a "siege mentality" in the players whereby NOBODY would say anything to the press until the end of the season.
I'd rather hear NOTHING than this type of rhetoric designed to appease the masses.
Let the talking be on the field for once. Backs to the wall? I was at the game on Sunday, and the only people who had their "backs to the wall" were the poor species who had trekked across the Pennines and paid good money to watch the pile of garbage served up by the "team". Absolute despair is setting in with the paying speccies, and there are no signs that things will change for the better....so.....Mr Diskin, you'd better be one hell of a motivator / tactician / leader to get a result on Friday, or game over ! Relegation!
Oh dear....Mr Walker's comments are so familiar...."our backs are completely against the wall....we are at rock bottom....need to come out fighting....we need to get some confidence back, and hopefully off the back of that the performances and wins will come..." If I was in the position of communications officer of the Bulls, I'd now instil a "siege mentality" in the players whereby NOBODY would say anything to the press until the end of the season. I'd rather hear NOTHING than this type of rhetoric designed to appease the masses. Let the talking be on the field for once. Backs to the wall? I was at the game on Sunday, and the only people who had their "backs to the wall" were the poor species who had trekked across the Pennines and paid good money to watch the pile of garbage served up by the "team". Absolute despair is setting in with the paying speccies, and there are no signs that things will change for the better....so.....Mr Diskin, you'd better be one hell of a motivator / tactician / leader to get a result on Friday, or game over ! Relegation! bringbackjimmy
  • Score: 5

10:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

CanaBull says...

Talk's cheap. Rather hear nothing and see a committed performance than read about the commitment beforehand then see a nothing performance.
Talk's cheap. Rather hear nothing and see a committed performance than read about the commitment beforehand then see a nothing performance. CanaBull
  • Score: 3

10:50pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

I Haven't bothered to read the article. I've read so many on the same lines. Who knows I missed something but I'm fairly certain I guess the general tone and optimism. Would be nice if we could just play one game where we don't allow the opposition to start their sets in our half. Its a basic rule of RL yet every game we gift the other team position and possession. We are quite simply beating ourselves and to be honest the opposition don't usually need a helping hand in the first place.

Lets try just complete sets and complete tackles. If we can get to our feet after a tackle before the opposition that would also help,

Does anyone else count the number of time we are last up whether making the tackle OR being tackled. The result is always the same. Our guy is ALWAYS last to his feet.
I Haven't bothered to read the article. I've read so many on the same lines. Who knows I missed something but I'm fairly certain I guess the general tone and optimism. Would be nice if we could just play one game where we don't allow the opposition to start their sets in our half. Its a basic rule of RL yet every game we gift the other team position and possession. We are quite simply beating ourselves and to be honest the opposition don't usually need a helping hand in the first place. Lets try just complete sets and complete tackles. If we can get to our feet after a tackle before the opposition that would also help, Does anyone else count the number of time we are last up whether making the tackle OR being tackled. The result is always the same. Our guy is ALWAYS last to his feet. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 3

9:04am Fri 20 Jun 14

taurusthebull says...

Try watching the two Origin Games from Aus, talk about pride in a shirt , loyalty to your teammates, AND fans , tackle til your blood runs to water , the NSW BLUES battle cry, was "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, IT ENDS HERE !!! "
LETS SHOW SOME BRADFORD SPIRIT AND PRIDE
Try watching the two Origin Games from Aus, talk about pride in a shirt , loyalty to your teammates, AND fans , tackle til your blood runs to water , the NSW BLUES battle cry, was "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, IT ENDS HERE !!! " LETS SHOW SOME BRADFORD SPIRIT AND PRIDE taurusthebull
  • Score: 3

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