Win or bust for Bradford Bulls against Hull KR, says Matty Blythe

Matty Blythe says the players, not Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire, were to blame for their current predicament

Matty Blythe says the players, not Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire, were to blame for their current predicament

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MATTY Blythe admits nothing less than victory will do tonight if the Bulls are to have any hope of escaping the drop.

Hull KR are the visitors for the Bulls’ first outing since head coach Francis Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire were sacked on Monday.

Club captain Matt Diskin, who has placed in temporary charge of the team, voiced his support for Cummins earlier this week and Blythe has paid tribute to his former boss.

Cummins signed Blythe on loan from Warrington last season and later handed him a permanent three-year deal.

The 25-year-old centre said: “It’s going to be another massive game and we need a response after last week but we’re looking forward to the challenge after a difficult few days.

“Franny going was a massive loss to the club because he was the guy who brought me to Bradford and believed in me.

“I’ll never forget that and he’s been a massive influence on my career as moving to Bradford has helped me to become the senior player I needed to be.

“Lee was a big help to me as well and it’s just obviously disappointing what has happened because at the end of the day it’s down to us.

“The coach can only do so much and it was up to us to put things right on the pitch but we just didn’t do it.

“I’ve not spoken to Franny yet but I sent him a text saying ‘I appreciate everything you’ve done for me’.

“We’ve just got to try and get on with the job in hand now and that means getting a result on Friday.”

Diskin has picked the team for tonight’s game with assistance from vice-captain Luke Gale as Blythe explained: “I think Disko has done a tremendous job in the circumstances that have been handed to him.

“All credit to him, he’s a great model professional and a great leader which he has shown this week.

“It has been a bit weird with Disko taking the reins but we’ve come up with a game-plan and we need to stick to it.

“Galey has done a great job too and we’re all chipping in and working hard for each other.

“Like I said, off the field it was obviously very disappointing to see Franny go but on the field we’ve got a job to do.”

Chev Walker admits the Bulls have hit "rock bottom" but has vowed they will keep on fighting.

He said: “Sadly we are used to things going against us but we're not rolling over and calling it quits. 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."

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.

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7:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Hull KR by 18
Hull KR by 18 axelf1963
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7:27am Fri 20 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

The message seems to be. "Don't worry we ave a cunning plan"
Just don't turn the ball over in our half. Make rovers work for position not give it to them. That would go a long way towards victory.
The message seems to be. "Don't worry we ave a cunning plan" Just don't turn the ball over in our half. Make rovers work for position not give it to them. That would go a long way towards victory. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 11

7:30am Fri 20 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

Also don't worry because Rovers will be under as much pressure as Salford were last week!!
Also don't worry because Rovers will be under as much pressure as Salford were last week!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 7

8:29am Fri 20 Jun 14

edmo57 says...

same old story ,same old line , these players are a disgrace to the shirt,unmotivated ,under achieving and overpaid.the sooner jimmy or someone with the bulls at heart takes over the better.get rid of the rhino influence.we are now reduced to other teams cast offs and loanees.we should be at the top of the chain not begging scraps .come on mr green put your money where your mouth is before the crowds drop off the scale i know people will say hold off till next season but the fans want some positive signs after all the rubbish of the last few years
same old story ,same old line , these players are a disgrace to the shirt,unmotivated ,under achieving and overpaid.the sooner jimmy or someone with the bulls at heart takes over the better.get rid of the rhino influence.we are now reduced to other teams cast offs and loanees.we should be at the top of the chain not begging scraps .come on mr green put your money where your mouth is before the crowds drop off the scale i know people will say hold off till next season but the fans want some positive signs after all the rubbish of the last few years edmo57
  • Score: 6

8:30am Fri 20 Jun 14

Bull4Life says...

"...nothing less than victory will do tonight if the Bulls are to have any hope of escaping the drop..."

Erm, yeah, didn't we say that before the Catalan game... and before the Wakefield game, and then again before the Salford game...

Will it be the same for the next game if we lose tonight?

I'm sorry but unless Green can successfully challenge our points deduction, then it's all about playing for pride now this season, trying to ensure the supporters have at least a glimmer of hope for next season and something worth spending their hard earned cash on.

It must feel like russian roulette for the players deciding whos turn it is this week to put something positive in the media.

I have one simple message for all bulls players....

ACTIONS speak louder than words!!!

Now get your backsides in gear and give us 'something' to shout about instead false promises. COYB!
"...nothing less than victory will do tonight if the Bulls are to have any hope of escaping the drop..." Erm, yeah, didn't we say that before the Catalan game... and before the Wakefield game, and then again before the Salford game... Will it be the same for the next game if we lose tonight? I'm sorry but unless Green can successfully challenge our points deduction, then it's all about playing for pride now this season, trying to ensure the supporters have at least a glimmer of hope for next season and something worth spending their hard earned cash on. It must feel like russian roulette for the players deciding whos turn it is this week to put something positive in the media. I have one simple message for all bulls players.... ACTIONS speak louder than words!!! Now get your backsides in gear and give us 'something' to shout about instead false promises. COYB! Bull4Life
  • Score: 17

9:07am 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: 7

10:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

Videoref says...

The season starts here
The season starts here Videoref
  • Score: 0

10:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

this is possibly the best chance we have of beating Hull as they are as short as we are up front.

I hope the game plan is to keep it simple, play out our sets and then kick long with a decent chase; not the usual 4th play knock on or amble about bait and then turn it over game plan we have had recently.
this is possibly the best chance we have of beating Hull as they are as short as we are up front. I hope the game plan is to keep it simple, play out our sets and then kick long with a decent chase; not the usual 4th play knock on or amble about bait and then turn it over game plan we have had recently. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 2

12:32pm Fri 20 Jun 14

haterugbysometimes says...

Boy how bright is he why didn't anyone else think that the Hull KR game is a must win game - bit like the England match last night and probably be the same result, another loss, sorry not being negative just realistic
Boy how bright is he why didn't anyone else think that the Hull KR game is a must win game - bit like the England match last night and probably be the same result, another loss, sorry not being negative just realistic haterugbysometimes
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Sense99 says...

Well I hope we turn up and show some passion and commitment tonight, even if we get beat.

I don't think it will be easy against KR - they have scored 100 points more than us and conceded 200 points less. So despite their injuries they must be favourites, and would need to give us an 18 point start.
Well I hope we turn up and show some passion and commitment tonight, even if we get beat. I don't think it will be easy against KR - they have scored 100 points more than us and conceded 200 points less. So despite their injuries they must be favourites, and would need to give us an 18 point start. Sense99
  • Score: 2

3:51pm Fri 20 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

edmo57 wrote:
same old story ,same old line , these players are a disgrace to the shirt,unmotivated ,under achieving and overpaid.the sooner jimmy or someone with the bulls at heart takes over the better.get rid of the rhino influence.we are now reduced to other teams cast offs and loanees.we should be at the top of the chain not begging scraps .come on mr green put your money where your mouth is before the crowds drop off the scale i know people will say hold off till next season but the fans want some positive signs after all the rubbish of the last few years
there is no point wasting the little money we do have this season. we need to for next season when it will actually matter....sadly winning tonight is irrelevant.... its already too late.

the players we have are purely playing for super league contracts with other clubs. they are not playing for pride in the bulls shirt!!! as evidenced week in week out all season. any positive signs shown are for them as individuals not the club because they will not be here next year!!

other than london away this is the only other chance we have of picking up any points.... even then.... far too little ..... far too late
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: same old story ,same old line , these players are a disgrace to the shirt,unmotivated ,under achieving and overpaid.the sooner jimmy or someone with the bulls at heart takes over the better.get rid of the rhino influence.we are now reduced to other teams cast offs and loanees.we should be at the top of the chain not begging scraps .come on mr green put your money where your mouth is before the crowds drop off the scale i know people will say hold off till next season but the fans want some positive signs after all the rubbish of the last few years[/p][/quote]there is no point wasting the little money we do have this season. we need to for next season when it will actually matter....sadly winning tonight is irrelevant.... its already too late. the players we have are purely playing for super league contracts with other clubs. they are not playing for pride in the bulls shirt!!! as evidenced week in week out all season. any positive signs shown are for them as individuals not the club because they will not be here next year!! other than london away this is the only other chance we have of picking up any points.... even then.... far too little ..... far too late gordon ramsay
  • Score: 3

10:44pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
this is possibly the best chance we have of beating Hull as they are as short as we are up front.

I hope the game plan is to keep it simple, play out our sets and then kick long with a decent chase; not the usual 4th play knock on or amble about bait and then turn it over game plan we have had recently.
Unlucky. The game plan was to turn the ball over in our own half. Throw passes above players shoulders, behind their backs under their knees. A new coach could do worse than introduce this lot to a rugby Ball. At times we seemed frightened of it. Gaskell and Kear were certainly mesmerised by it.

The annoying thing is that they are capable of playing so much better. They have had the Rugby coached out of them, Lets hope the new guy can actually coach not just rant and rave. I don't think we've had a decent coach since Brian Smith. is he still available?
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: this is possibly the best chance we have of beating Hull as they are as short as we are up front. I hope the game plan is to keep it simple, play out our sets and then kick long with a decent chase; not the usual 4th play knock on or amble about bait and then turn it over game plan we have had recently.[/p][/quote]Unlucky. The game plan was to turn the ball over in our own half. Throw passes above players shoulders, behind their backs under their knees. A new coach could do worse than introduce this lot to a rugby Ball. At times we seemed frightened of it. Gaskell and Kear were certainly mesmerised by it. The annoying thing is that they are capable of playing so much better. They have had the Rugby coached out of them, Lets hope the new guy can actually coach not just rant and rave. I don't think we've had a decent coach since Brian Smith. is he still available? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

11:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Videoref wrote:
The season starts here
Erm season starts next week
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: The season starts here[/p][/quote]Erm season starts next week Videoref
  • Score: 0

1:30am Sat 21 Jun 14

bull for life says...

O.K. we are going down. But dont have a go at green till you see what he will buy for next season. Think on if he had not saved us then the bulls would have been no more. So we go down with the right coach etc who is to say we wont be back up the next season. We just need to have faith and keep supporting the bulls. ( Thats if you are a true supporter ). BULL POWER WILL BE BACK
O.K. we are going down. But dont have a go at green till you see what he will buy for next season. Think on if he had not saved us then the bulls would have been no more. So we go down with the right coach etc who is to say we wont be back up the next season. We just need to have faith and keep supporting the bulls. ( Thats if you are a true supporter ). BULL POWER WILL BE BACK bull for life
  • Score: 0

11:38am Sat 21 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

So it's bust, Matthew?
So it's bust, Matthew? The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 0

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