Matt Diskin unable to stop the rot as Bradford Bulls edge a step closer to the drop

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matt Diskin looks on from the touchline during the defeat to Hull KR Matt Diskin looks on from the touchline during the defeat to Hull KR

Bradford Bulls 18, Hull KR 44

MARC Green says he will make a decision next week on whether to take the appeal against the Bulls' six-point penalty to the High Court.

After this thumping defeat, the club's chairman and owner may as well save himself further expense and start preparing for life in the Championship.

Victory in their first outing since Green sacked Francis Cummins would have given Bradford a glimmer, however small, of hope in their battle against relegation.

Now, though, it is time to face facts: the Bulls are almost certainly going down and might be better off accepting it.

A quick glance around a sun-kissed Odsal last night - where just 5,601 turned up - suggested that many supporters have already given up.

The terraces were sparsely populated for a match that Bradford simply had to win to have any hope of beginning an improbable charge to safety.

The atmosphere at the end was of a club resigned to its fate and knowing the game is almost up.

Playing under the guidance of caretaker coach and club captain Matt Diskin, you could not fault the spirit of the Bulls, especially during a largely balanced first half.

They went toe to toe with Hull KR during the opening 40 minutes and were level at 6-6 with the interval fast approaching.

Then they erred; not once but twice, allowing Rovers hooker Josh Hodgson to scythe through their defence before a dreadful mix-up between Adrian Purtell and Lee Gaskell allowed Kris Welham to scamper clear for a third visiting try.

Those two quickfire scores were a knife in the side of a team already struggling for confidence and reeling from an embarrassing defeat at Salford the week previously.

That reverse spelt the end of Cummins' tenure and last night's result almost certainly signalled the end of the club's survival hopes.

Green is out of the country this weekend and missed the game but will know he faces some big decisions, not least who to appoint as Cummins' successor.

There appears no major rush to do so and, with a formidable run of fixtures on the horizon, life will not get any easier for the Bulls and any incoming coach.

Although Bradford made countless errors and were comprehensively outclassed in the end last night, they made an encouraging start.

With Brett Kearney still absent, Gaskell remained at full back and Jordan Baldwinson earned his first start in the red, amber and black.

The Bulls made a promising opening and Luke Gale's high bomb forced an error from Greg Eden which led to his team dropping out.

Bradford spent the opening six minutes camped in Rovers' half, although the visitors almost scored from their first meaningful attack.

Stand-off Travis Burns, who was pivotal throughout, flighted a teasing high kick to the right corner and Ade Gardner plucked the ball out of the air and found Welham.

The recalled centre collected possession and plunged over the line, only for ex-Rovers loanee Luke George to deny him a try with a fine piece of defending.

In the 13th minute, Burns went close to playing a killer pass from close range which Danny Addy intercepted.

But Rovers scored from the next set after a scrum as Burns collected possession, threw a fine dummy and barrelled through a thicket of home players to score.

He added the extras himself to make it 6-0 and take much of the early sting out of the hosts.

Tempers flared from a scrum moments later, with Rovers loose forward Neville Costigan at the heart of a bout of fisticuffs.

Referee Robert Hicks put the incident on report and awarded the Bulls a penalty, giving them a chance to pressure the visitors' line.

Diskin's short pass almost sent Gale scampering over and Addy's high kick forced another drop-out, which led to the Bulls drawing level in the 19th minute.

Gale found Gaskell advancing forward inside the right channel and he showed intelligence to offload to Elliot Kear, who burst through the Rovers defence with customary aggression to finish with aplomb.

Gale's conversion levelled the scores at 6-6 but Rovers continued to look dangerous inside Bradford's 20-metre line.

In the 28th minute, however, the desire in the Bulls' ranks was epitomised when Gale's grubber kick was fielded by Eden before he was mobbed by a pack of Bradford players.

That forced him to knock-on and earned the hosts a scrum ten metres out, from which they almost scored.

Some quick hands saw the ball played out to Adam O'Brien, who replaced Diskin, and he showed speed and aggression to burrow his way over the line from close range.

But video referee Ben Thaler ruled that O'Brien had not grounded the ball after being held up over the line and Rovers survived.

That Bradford were the better side during the first half was undeniable and Manase Manuokafoa was held up over the line eight minutes before the break.

Moments later, Rovers moved upfield to edge back in front when hooker Hodgson darted through a gaping hole in the home rearguard to score all too easily.

Burns converted and Hodgson broke the Bulls' line again moments later but his inside pass to Kris Keating was awry and the opportunity was lost.

Just a minute before half-time, Purtell attempted to offload to Gaskell out of a tackle but the full back failed to collect the ball and Welham gleefully raced away from 40 metres.

George and Jay Pitts tried desperately to catch him but it was to no avail and Rovers led 18-6 at the break.

Bradford needed a good start to the second half and they did not get it.

Instead, Rovers grabbed a fourth try within 90 seconds of the resumption as Keating's pass sent Craig Hall scampering clear into the left corner.

In the 52nd minute, the Robins grabbed a fifth try when another unforced error from the Bulls led to Eden taking a short pass to cross from close range.

Tom Olbison then failed to find Gale when his vice-captain was unmarked just ten metres out.

Gale could barely hide his frustration but the Bulls continued to battle away and were rewarded on the hour when O'Brien went over from dummy half.

But Rovers prop Adam Walker soon barrelled over the line past more flimsy defending to score against his home-town club.

Although Gale and Adam Sidlow combined well to send Addy over in the 67th minute, Hall soon grabbed a second for the visitors before Eden raced clear from deep inside Rovers' half to complete his own brace.

Attendance: 5,601

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6:58am Sat 21 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Very little interest on the park due to a sub-standard side. A lot more interest in who is going to be the next coach, the one assigned to getting us out of the Championship at the first go. Has anyone actually applied for the job? Has it been advertised? Or is it the poisoned chalice? Who is Mr Green actually chasing? Who was seen at the ground, last night? Watch this space!
Very little interest on the park due to a sub-standard side. A lot more interest in who is going to be the next coach, the one assigned to getting us out of the Championship at the first go. Has anyone actually applied for the job? Has it been advertised? Or is it the poisoned chalice? Who is Mr Green actually chasing? Who was seen at the ground, last night? Watch this space! The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 5

8:21am Sat 21 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Green needs to let the points appeal go; he could not even meet the criteria to have the first appeal heard; instead invest some money into the team, hire someone to retrain our players on how to tackle.

We need to focus on building a team for the Championship now, bring in a Coach that is going to rebuild the team and is not just in it for a quick pay out.

We need someone with Championship experience so either Mad Morrow or Kear.
Green needs to let the points appeal go; he could not even meet the criteria to have the first appeal heard; instead invest some money into the team, hire someone to retrain our players on how to tackle. We need to focus on building a team for the Championship now, bring in a Coach that is going to rebuild the team and is not just in it for a quick pay out. We need someone with Championship experience so either Mad Morrow or Kear. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 6

8:36am Sat 21 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Obviously, now, it's too late for a coach to save this season. Why Cummins and St Hillaire were not given their P45s after the Wigan debacle I cannot understand? There was still a chance for a new coach to give the side a fighting chance but no. And now we are looking for a coach for the Championship and if they do not get the right guy and let him have some money to rebuild we could be their for a long time. Have to say it is looking more and more like Glenn M's for the taking but does he want it? Which of the present squad is worth retaining should they want to be retained? Kear, Gale, Sidlow, struggling now - help me!
Obviously, now, it's too late for a coach to save this season. Why Cummins and St Hillaire were not given their P45s after the Wigan debacle I cannot understand? There was still a chance for a new coach to give the side a fighting chance but no. And now we are looking for a coach for the Championship and if they do not get the right guy and let him have some money to rebuild we could be their for a long time. Have to say it is looking more and more like Glenn M's for the taking but does he want it? Which of the present squad is worth retaining should they want to be retained? Kear, Gale, Sidlow, struggling now - help me! The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 3

9:36am Sat 21 Jun 14

edmo57 says...

could someone tell us if there is money to spend on a new team,if we are going for a top class coach or a cheap option,no more smoke and mirrors ,this is our club surely last nights total embarrasement must prmote some kind of reaction,if you truly have a plan mr green please share it because im beginning to suspect you dont
could someone tell us if there is money to spend on a new team,if we are going for a top class coach or a cheap option,no more smoke and mirrors ,this is our club surely last nights total embarrasement must prmote some kind of reaction,if you truly have a plan mr green please share it because im beginning to suspect you dont edmo57
  • Score: 13

9:50am Sat 21 Jun 14

king karl says...

Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage

Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further

His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now
Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now king karl
  • Score: 1

11:39am Sat 21 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

king karl wrote:
Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage

Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further

His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now
totally agree and as it was a Friday Game he was not watching so did not have to suffer as the rest of us did.

I think Green needs to tell us what his plan is for the Club that the Fans have invested so much in over the last few years or if he has not got one go and speak to BPA as they do!
[quote][p][bold]king karl[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now[/p][/quote]totally agree and as it was a Friday Game he was not watching so did not have to suffer as the rest of us did. I think Green needs to tell us what his plan is for the Club that the Fans have invested so much in over the last few years or if he has not got one go and speak to BPA as they do! fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Sat 21 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

King Karl and Fed up,
I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does.
King Karl and Fed up, I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Sense99 says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
king karl wrote:
Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage

Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further

His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now
totally agree and as it was a Friday Game he was not watching so did not have to suffer as the rest of us did.

I think Green needs to tell us what his plan is for the Club that the Fans have invested so much in over the last few years or if he has not got one go and speak to BPA as they do!
I agree. If Green has a plan he should tell the loyal fans who keeping paying money to watch rubbish.

The key to business success is good communication, and the fans deserve to be told what is going on. If Green is working behind the scenes then the fans need to know. Obviously not every single detail, but enough so that the fans understand the plan and milestones and can understand if we are on track to achieve the plan. Otherwise he will lose more support.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]king karl[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the players..... The team needs strengthening and Marc green has stood and watched us be torn apart. ... We will not be making a swift return to superleage Marc green has one shot at getting us back up but if he doesn't get a team that can compete i feel that it's game over as the supporters will dwindle further His best bet is selling the club to one of the parties that wanted to invest.... now[/p][/quote]totally agree and as it was a Friday Game he was not watching so did not have to suffer as the rest of us did. I think Green needs to tell us what his plan is for the Club that the Fans have invested so much in over the last few years or if he has not got one go and speak to BPA as they do![/p][/quote]I agree. If Green has a plan he should tell the loyal fans who keeping paying money to watch rubbish. The key to business success is good communication, and the fans deserve to be told what is going on. If Green is working behind the scenes then the fans need to know. Obviously not every single detail, but enough so that the fans understand the plan and milestones and can understand if we are on track to achieve the plan. Otherwise he will lose more support. Sense99
  • Score: 4

4:29pm Sat 21 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
King Karl and Fed up,
I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does.
I am the MD at work and yes I believe in an all informed workforce so we all know what we are striving to achieve; that is why our company turns a 6 million a year profit. next comment please?
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: King Karl and Fed up, I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does.[/p][/quote]I am the MD at work and yes I believe in an all informed workforce so we all know what we are striving to achieve; that is why our company turns a 6 million a year profit. next comment please? fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 4

5:02pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Sense99 says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
spanglishbull.uk wrote:
King Karl and Fed up,
I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does.
I am the MD at work and yes I believe in an all informed workforce so we all know what we are striving to achieve; that is why our company turns a 6 million a year profit. next comment please?
I have also been MD of 2 multi-million pound businesses.

I totally agree mate. Communication is the key.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: King Karl and Fed up, I am assuming by your comments that the managing director at work tells you everything that is happening with the company.Marc Green should say nothing,get on with running the business the way he sees best and then present the finished article.Not say,I am going to do this ,I am going to do that,do it,then say,there you are,that is what I have done.One minute you are saying it is time the players stopped saying,we are going to do this and that,then complain because they do not do it.Now you are saying Marc Green should do just that.Make your mind up,what do you want.?Somebody who is going to,or somebody who does.[/p][/quote]I am the MD at work and yes I believe in an all informed workforce so we all know what we are striving to achieve; that is why our company turns a 6 million a year profit. next comment please?[/p][/quote]I have also been MD of 2 multi-million pound businesses. I totally agree mate. Communication is the key. Sense99
  • Score: 5

8:37pm Sat 21 Jun 14

hunsworthbull says...

I saw Robbie & Henry bet they couldn't believe how much has changed since they were in a team that was so dominant in the game. Definitely championship rugby next season how sad.
I saw Robbie & Henry bet they couldn't believe how much has changed since they were in a team that was so dominant in the game. Definitely championship rugby next season how sad. hunsworthbull
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Sun 22 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Fed up and Sense,
Yes, you inform your staff,which is fine and good on you.But do you inform all and sundry.I would bet,not.How do we know if Marc Green has not informed his staff at Odsal about his aims for the Bulls.My bet is that he has,he just is not broadcasting what he is aiming to achieve publicly. As I have said,in my opinion he is correct in taking that line.How many times have we been told in the past that we are going to do this,we are going to do that,and what gets done,nothing.Where is the Odsal Sporting Village that Mr.Hood spent all his time on instead of concentrating on running the club correctly..Week in,week out it was getting nearer.Week in ,week out,the club was going down the pan whilst Mr.Hood pursued his impossible dream.Look at the club now,all through neglecting the obvious.Give Marc Green a chance and back his judgement,then if he fails you can complain but surely not before he has time to sort out the mess he inherited.
Fed up and Sense, Yes, you inform your staff,which is fine and good on you.But do you inform all and sundry.I would bet,not.How do we know if Marc Green has not informed his staff at Odsal about his aims for the Bulls.My bet is that he has,he just is not broadcasting what he is aiming to achieve publicly. As I have said,in my opinion he is correct in taking that line.How many times have we been told in the past that we are going to do this,we are going to do that,and what gets done,nothing.Where is the Odsal Sporting Village that Mr.Hood spent all his time on instead of concentrating on running the club correctly..Week in,week out it was getting nearer.Week in ,week out,the club was going down the pan whilst Mr.Hood pursued his impossible dream.Look at the club now,all through neglecting the obvious.Give Marc Green a chance and back his judgement,then if he fails you can complain but surely not before he has time to sort out the mess he inherited. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Sun 22 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Fed up and Sense,
Yes, you inform your staff,which is fine and good on you.But do you inform all and sundry.I would bet,not.How do we know if Marc Green has not informed his staff at Odsal about his aims for the Bulls.My bet is that he has,he just is not broadcasting what he is aiming to achieve publicly. As I have said,in my opinion he is correct in taking that line.How many times have we been told in the past that we are going to do this,we are going to do that,and what gets done,nothing.Where is the Odsal Sporting Village that Mr.Hood spent all his time on instead of concentrating on running the club correctly..Week in,week out it was getting nearer.Week in ,week out,the club was going down the pan whilst Mr.Hood pursued his impossible dream.Look at the club now,all through neglecting the obvious.Give Marc Green a chance and back his judgement,then if he fails you can complain but surely not before he has time to sort out the mess he inherited.
As it is the fans that pay good hard earned cash to watch what has passed for Rugby League in the past weeks then they do have the right to be told what the aims are other than trying to get the points back on an appeal which has been shown to be a total waste of time and money.

There were others that want the Club who had a plan and the money to take us forward and back to where as one of the founding Clubs we belong.

The Club does not have time to wait for Green to get off the pot if he is not going to P*** as we are now, bar the shouting a Championship Club. We needed action to stop the rot from day one, not months later when we have crossed the Rubicon!

If he does not act soon we are going to struggle in the Championship as we will be playing catch up against Clubs that have had a year to prepare for the changes to the league structure.

We need action to save our Club not more bluff and banter from the board.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Fed up and Sense, Yes, you inform your staff,which is fine and good on you.But do you inform all and sundry.I would bet,not.How do we know if Marc Green has not informed his staff at Odsal about his aims for the Bulls.My bet is that he has,he just is not broadcasting what he is aiming to achieve publicly. As I have said,in my opinion he is correct in taking that line.How many times have we been told in the past that we are going to do this,we are going to do that,and what gets done,nothing.Where is the Odsal Sporting Village that Mr.Hood spent all his time on instead of concentrating on running the club correctly..Week in,week out it was getting nearer.Week in ,week out,the club was going down the pan whilst Mr.Hood pursued his impossible dream.Look at the club now,all through neglecting the obvious.Give Marc Green a chance and back his judgement,then if he fails you can complain but surely not before he has time to sort out the mess he inherited.[/p][/quote]As it is the fans that pay good hard earned cash to watch what has passed for Rugby League in the past weeks then they do have the right to be told what the aims are other than trying to get the points back on an appeal which has been shown to be a total waste of time and money. There were others that want the Club who had a plan and the money to take us forward and back to where as one of the founding Clubs we belong. The Club does not have time to wait for Green to get off the pot if he is not going to P*** as we are now, bar the shouting a Championship Club. We needed action to stop the rot from day one, not months later when we have crossed the Rubicon! If he does not act soon we are going to struggle in the Championship as we will be playing catch up against Clubs that have had a year to prepare for the changes to the league structure. We need action to save our Club not more bluff and banter from the board. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

Why is that that when the administrators are looking for people to buy the club nobody comes up with a better offer than Omar Kahn or Marc Green did. Then after the deal is done somebody keeps insisting that there were loads of people with money to invest. A bid of £500,000 would have got the club yet

1 BPA Didn't bid more than Marc Green
2. Mandy Koukash Didn't bid more than Mar Green
3. Richard Lamb didn't bid more than Marc Green
4 Nobody else bid more than Marc Green

If anybody else had any real money to invest they certainly weren't prepared to pay very much for the club, leaving Marc Green the "winner"

I use the term winner very loosely. He is the man who had to pay Cummins and St Hillare wages to un-coach a team of SL players that are getting worse with every week that passes, he also has to pay the players, the staff, the rent, the travelling costs, the Gas , Electric, Water etc etc.

The season ticket money has been spent. The monthly TV money is half what the other clubs get. The only income he has is from gate receipts and RL fans DONT pay on the day anymore. Anyone who thinks Marc Green isn't investing in the club should be thankful he is there putting in as much as he does. He is certainly doing his bit UNLIKE like the coaches, players and stay away fans
Why is that that when the administrators are looking for people to buy the club nobody comes up with a better offer than Omar Kahn or Marc Green did. Then after the deal is done somebody keeps insisting that there were loads of people with money to invest. A bid of £500,000 would have got the club yet 1 BPA Didn't bid more than Marc Green 2. Mandy Koukash Didn't bid more than Mar Green 3. Richard Lamb didn't bid more than Marc Green 4 Nobody else bid more than Marc Green If anybody else had any real money to invest they certainly weren't prepared to pay very much for the club, leaving Marc Green the "winner" I use the term winner very loosely. He is the man who had to pay Cummins and St Hillare wages to un-coach a team of SL players that are getting worse with every week that passes, he also has to pay the players, the staff, the rent, the travelling costs, the Gas , Electric, Water etc etc. The season ticket money has been spent. The monthly TV money is half what the other clubs get. The only income he has is from gate receipts and RL fans DONT pay on the day anymore. Anyone who thinks Marc Green isn't investing in the club should be thankful he is there putting in as much as he does. He is certainly doing his bit UNLIKE like the coaches, players and stay away fans bradfordbronco
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Mon 23 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

For someone making 6 million profit a year you come on here a bit , Get out and enjoy your money and did you not think of buying the club yourself ?
For someone making 6 million profit a year you come on here a bit , Get out and enjoy your money and did you not think of buying the club yourself ? axelf1963
  • Score: 0

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