Barlow: Half time talk a crucial lesson

Sam Barlow
Sam Barlow

In-form forward Sam Barlow believes last Friday’s Northern Rail Cup semi final win at Sheffield taught Karl Harrison’s side a crucial lesson about performing under pressure.

Fax stormed back from 18-0 down to record a 24-22 win over the Eagles and set up a final showdown with Featherstone at the end of the month.

And Barlow admitted their sub-par first half performance had its roots in psychological rather than physical factors.

“There was a lot of pressure was placed on us this year, because of Karl coming in and because of the squad we have built,” said Barlow.

“It comes from ourselves, but also the fans and the sponsors.

“Sheffield played the game really well before the break, but we weren’t the best.

“I’d like to think half time was a turning point for us, not just in that game but in the season in terms of how we deal with that expectation.

“Karl gave us everything; he spoke about the reputation and heritage of the club and basically told us we had a duty to turn it round.

“It was a great feeling to see us pull it together like we did in the end.”

Making it to the Bloomfield Road decider is one thing though, and Barlow was quick to emphasise it is currently a job only half done.

“We have got a team that we know can go on and win it,” he said.

“We need to win it now; we’ve done step one, we need to do step two.”