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Mick Potter vows to up Bradford Bulls tempo after delight at beating St Helens
Bulls coach Mick Potter hailed a momentous first home Super League win of the season and then declared: “There is plenty more to come.”
Potter was left delighted after his men maintained their recent fine form with a performance full of courage, guts and determination to beat St Helens 12-8 at rain-soaked Odsal.
The result condemned Potter’s former club to a fourth straight defeat, their worst run in recent memory, but the outlook is far brighter for the Bulls.
Saturday’s success, courtesy of tries from Bradford-born duo Elliott Whitehead and Karl Pryce, marked a third victory in four games.
Asked about the vast improvement in performances, Potter said: “I’ve worked on the practical side of things because it’s there to see and do.
“I think we’re setting our structure up a little better in attack and defence.
This was a resilient and determined win but I’d hate to think that’s the best we can play. I think we can get betterMick Potter
“It’s paying dividends for the players. They’re doing it themselves and it’s how badly they want it which is making the difference.
“But I think we can get better and we’re constantly working to improve further.
“This was a resilient and determined win but I’d hate to think that’s the best we can play. I think we can get better.”
“Sykesy is a good professional and I think he acquitted himself very well,” said Potter.
“In the second half he had an adductor strain and pushed through it. He still made all of his tackles, carried the ball and kicked well. It’s good to have a competitive squad and be able to pick him.”
Potter will today check on several players nursing bumps and bruises from Saturday’s game.
As well as Sykes carrying a knock, Whitehead (quad), Chev Walker (quad) and Ben Jeffries (knee) will also be assessed.
“I don’t think they are majorly serious but they’re all contact injuries,” said Potter, whose squad is coping well with the absence of so many players.
“We’ve had some adversity but I think every team has injuries. It’s part and parcel of rugby league, being a collision sport.
“We’re getting through it. I want the other guys back as quickly as they can but we’re going all right at the moment so it’s not a concern.”