BRADFORD Bulls scraped past bottom placed Swinton Lions in a 30-26 victory on Sunday but their performance wasn't all that pleasing on the eye.

Head coach, John Kear, illustrated these thoughts post match and was evidently frustrated with what he had seen on the pitch.

But coming into the tail-end of the campaign, Bulls must continue to collect points if they are to secure a play-off spot and that is exactly what they did.

Although not at their scintillating best, hooker Sam Hallas, believes it's a great feet for a side to be able to pick up victories even when not on top form.

He said: "I thought we were a bit indifferent against Swinton. I did think the effort was there but Swinton are a good side, they throw the ball around well and they challenged us in many different ways.

"They've got some good players in there, they've always been well coached and I think they're very unlucky to be going down. They've given a lot of teams close games and I feel their position in the table is a false one.

"But thankfully we beat them and it's another potential banana skin avoided, so we must now look forward to the game against York on Sunday.

"There was frustration all through the changing room after the Swinton game because although we won, our performance wasn't up to scratch. The feeling of John was reciprocated in the players.

Hallas added: "I don't think anyone wants to play poorly but if you're playing poorly and winning then you are doing something right.

"We need to pick up our performances again going into the final stages of the season but if we can win on a bad day, then it's only a good thing."

A couple of errors occurred in the first half of the Swinton game-leading to two tries for the away side and Hallas believes it's key that his side stamp out these errors with games coming thick and fast.

He said: "It's massively important that we remove the defensive errors from our game. We've got some huge games coming up and our play-off position isn't secure yet so we still need to pick up points.

"We will give ourselves a greater chance of winning the remaining games if we stay focused and then hopefully we can remove the sloppy mistakes from our game."

The Bulls travel to York on Sunday to face the Knights. The last time the sides met was at Bradford's Odsal homecoming, where the hosts ran out 37-17 winners.

But Hallas is expecting a tightly contested fixture this weekend and is under no illusion of the quality York have in their ranks.

He said: "Hopefully we can reciprocate the first York performance this weekend. We did have the home backing on that occasion and it was the Odsal comeback so it was a very special day.

"If we play well and win, it's all rosy but it's going to be a tough fixture.

"It's always a hard place to go, they've got a new stadium ad it's a double header so we are expecting a decent crowd in.

"York will be well up for it so we definitely have to be at our best."

Hallas added: "We are confident in ourselves, it's a good group of lads we have got and as long as we put our best foot forward then we should be good to get the points.

"We are still under no illusions of the quality they will bring to the fixture.

"They've got a lot of experience and they know how to stay in games right till the very end. Under James Ford, they are coached really well and I like their mixture of young and experienced players."