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Bradford Bulls' revival will take time, says Jimmy Lowes
JIMMY Lowes admitted there would “no quick fix” as the Bulls slumped to a 50-24 defeat at Warrington in his first game in charge.
The new Bradford boss saw his side concede three tries at the start of the first half and four in ten minutes at the beginning of the second period.
Despite edging closer towards relegation, Lowes took heart from the character his men showed in fighting to the bitter end, which produced three tries in the final quarter.
Lowes, who succeeded Francis Cummins last week and had ten months in charge of Warrington between 2008 and 2009, said: “I learned quite a lot today but it's not all doom and gloom.
“We were beaten by a very good side who put sides to the sword early on and they did that to us at the start of each half.
“We are in a fight but the guys are ready for it.”
Lowes, who won six trophies in eight years as a player at Bradford, added: “We played some good stuff but there are some massive areas we need to work on and that’s not changed.
“I'm looking forward to the challenge and the lads are as well, so let's see where we are in a month's time.
"There is no quick fix but we will fight all the way to our last game irrespective of our position.
“I’m not pleased because we got beat in a rugby match but it’s not about being pleased, it's about putting things right and we’ll try and do that.”
The Bulls are appealing to the High Court against their six-point deduction by the Rugby Football League for going into administration for the second time in 18 months.
But yesterday’s this defeat leaves them nine points adrift of third from bottom Salford with only nine games left.
Lowes added: “It’s been a turbulent ride for the boys, not just the past couple of weeks but the past couple of years.
“It will affect them mentally so anybody out there expecting a quick fix; it’s not going to happen.
“I’m sure the players will work hard over the coming weeks.”
Lowes said he would seek to add to his squad, adding: “We’ll look to do that but I wouldn’t imagine there would be any drastic changes to the squad over the next month.”
Warrington coach Tony Smith said: “I'm pleased Jimmy is back in rugby league because he's a rugby league man and I knew he was keen to return.
“But he has a lot of work to do and Bradford need to clean up some stuff before they can go forward.”