THE Bulls must focus on themselves rather than the Championship table as they try to keep their fading play-off hopes alive.

Back-to-back hefty losses have seen them slip five points behind sixth spot going into the tea-time clash with London Broncos at Odsal.

The Bulls head for Barrow, who occupy the final play-off place, next week but Mark Dunning has told his team to forget their position for now.

He said: “We’re really not looking at the table. I want us to take it week by week, game by game.

“It’s an old cliché but if we’re good and where we need to be in every single game that we play in up to the back end of the season, then the table will look after itself.

“I’ve told the players to look at themselves and look at each other on a week-by-week basis.

“It’s about how we practice, how we go about our business and how we perform on the weekend. If we get all the little things right, then we’ll see where it takes us.”

A tense fans’ forum at Odsal on Thursday night could not have come at a more sensitive time in the wake of the 53-10 thrashing by Newcastle. It has made for a long week for the club since Kingston Park.

Dunning added: “It has been but it’s also given everybody some time to really gather their thoughts and have a look internally before we look at other people.

“Everybody involved have had the time to self-evaluate and on Tuesday night we had a detailed look at things as a group.

“I’ll say it forever and a day. These players do not become bad people or bad players overnight.

“Newcastle was a bad day at the office and we know it was unacceptable.

“We know why and where we went wrong and what we have got to fix leading into London, who are a good team playing some good stuff at the moment.”

The Bulls have beaten third-from-bottom London twice this season but the Broncos have picked up in recent weeks, including a remarkable comeback from 28 points down to topple Sheffield.

Dunning said: “We’re back at Odsal and we’ve sort of turned a corner there in recent weeks. We’ll look to continue that.

“Every time you put your uniform on to go to training or put on your jersey on a game day, everything we do as players, staff and supporters matters. It’s Bradford Bulls, of course it does.”