JORDAN Lilley is confident the Bulls can keep silencing their critics on social media.

Sunday’s dramatic first Championship win of the season provided the perfect response to the stick they faced following the opening-day hammering by Sheffield.

The come-from-behind victory over Halifax has lifted the mood as John Kear’s side prepare for Sunday’s clash with early leaders Dewsbury.

And Lilley, who kicked the match-winning drop goal, believes they have also made a point with those dishing out the abuse after game one.

He said: “Anyone in rugby league who watched the Sheffield game will have known that we were way off the mark. That wasn’t the kind of performance that Bradford Bulls are renowned for.

“It was tough because we had two weeks staring at the walls after that. We’ve had to fix a few wrongs and got stuck into each other.

“A lot on social media have been criticising us and saying a lot of bad things.

“But I think we proved a few people wrong and that’s what we want to do. We want to stay under the radar and keep producing performances like that.”

Lilley is relieved to be back in the mix again after sitting out the first two competitive games through suspension following the Swinton friendly.

His enthusiasm on his return lifted the Bulls but the half back, who also scored the opening try, deflected the praise on to those around him.

He added: “I always say it’s what us half backs are paid to do. It’s our job to slot the one-pointers and control the game.

“We get the headlines but for me it’s all about the team. I’ll get the plaudits for the drop goal but without the team doing what they did, I wouldn’t have been in position to do that and win the game.

“There’s been a lot of slander about our middles but they proved they are fit and can go toe-to-toe.”

It was the first time that Lilley and Danny Brough have played together in a proper game and he believes the partnership with the veteran points machine will quickly develop into a key weapon for the Bulls.

Lilley said: “It’s brilliant. He’s the older half who has been there and done it and I just want to learn off him.

“I’ve got a few things to fix up but I’m sure playing alongside him will help me. Going forward it’s going to be a good partnership for the Championship.

“It’s been a long six weeks for me with the suspension and the gap between games. I’m looking forward now to getting back to playing regularly again.”