THERE is only one way for Halifax to escape their early season form slump: hard work.
That was the verdict of half back Danny Jones in the wake of the club’s third successive Co-operative Championship reverse against Sheffield at the weekend.
The Eagles ran out 41-22 winners at Bramall Lane, leaving Matt Calland’s 2010 champions languishing at the foot of the league ladder with one point from a possible nine ahead of Saturday night’s Northern Rail Cup quarter final in Toulouse.
Calland’s players were booed from the field at half time and full time in South Yorkshire, leaving Jones to make a frank assessment of their current predicament.
“We need to have a good look at ourselves as a group of players, get our heads down in training and get some hard work done,” said Jones.
“Something is not clicking, but we are going to have to regroup and stick together otherwise we are not going to come out of the other side.
“If we do that, we will start picking up wins, it’s just getting the monkey of that first win off our back now.
“We actually started okay on Sunday, but once we conceded that second try we just lost our heads.
“The amount of errors we had made by half time was probably more than we would normally make across a full 80 minutes.
“It’s the story of the year so far.
“It’s got to get better and it needs to start on Saturday in Toulouse.”
Jones dropped out of the starting line up at the weekend for the first time since he returned from Keighley last autumn, with Calland pairing Ben Black and Graham Holroyd at half back.
“There’s no point sulking about it, that’s what the coach wants so that’s what I did,” said Jones, whose arrival in the second period coincided with Fax’s best spell of a dismal afternoon.
“He just asked me to go on and rev them up and try and get some belief back.
“I thought we did that at one stage, and when we were 12 points down with 12 minutes to go I actually thought we could go on and nick it.
“They were under the pump a bit at that stage but we let them off their line with a couple of penalties.
“That indiscipline has been a recurring theme, and it’s something we have talked about. The talking has to stop though and we need to start doing it on the field, starting next weekend.”