KEIGHLEY Cougars head coach Craig Lingard has insisted that anyone refusing to travel to West Wales can "finish their season now", as he demanded an immediate response to Sunday's dreadful home defeat to Doncaster.

Asked whether players may refuse to make the 12-hour round trip to face rock-bottom Raiders in Llanelli, Lingard said: "It's down to the players for West Wales.

"They'll have to let me know if they don't want to play but they can finish their season now if that's the case. I only want people who want to play for something.

"We need a better performance and attitude but it's also about personal pride. Each individual owes it to the team and even more so to the fans who follow us week in, week out."

After the Doncaster defeat, a glum Lingard had suggested that Cougars could become the first side to lose to the Raiders this season and he said: "If we play with that lack of intensity again it's a real possibility.

"We need to either embrace our confidence in a game we should win or play with the fear of getting beat. I always used to play driven by the fear that I'd lose my place if I didn't perform well.

"It's down to the individuals, whatever it is inside of them that makes them want to play, they have to harness it."

A threadbare squad was decimated further against Doncaster, after Darrell Griffin and Matty Bailey were both forced off with injury.

Lingard admitted that fans were unlikely to see the pair in action again any time soon, saying: "It looks dire for their seasons.

"Darrell has ruptured his Achilles so he'll be out for about five or six months. Matty went to hospital and it looks like broken ribs, similar to Davey Dixon."

The Cougars head coach did not hold back after the 50-6 defeat on Sunday, fuming: "It was a disgraceful performance and I was embarrassed to be involved.

"There's nothing to play for now in terms of promotion and that was shown in our terrible performance and attitude."

Ritchie Hawkyard was sin-binned for striking former teammate Matty Beharrell and Lingard said: "Ritchie made an error in the tackle and although Matty was involved, he did nothing wrong.

"It was just frustration on Ritchie's part. It didn't help because we conceded a couple of tries when he was off for 10 minutes but that wasn't the reason that we lost."