Halifax coach Karl Harrison slammed some of his players’ performances as “amateurish” after the Shay side flopped 39-18 at Doncaster yesterday.
Fax dropped to fourth on the league ladder on a disastrous afternoon when Sheffield’s win at Featherstone should have given them fresh hope in the race for second place.
Instead, they now find themselves relying on Batley winning at Doncaster next weekend to avoid fourth, and a trip to champions Leigh in the play offs.
“It was inexcusable, inexcusable,” said a clearly furious Harrison.
“I’m finding it hard to put it into words how I feel about that.
“I’m not normally stuck for something to say, but I am today; it was a poor, poor day.
“Some of the individual performances were amateurish.
“We came back last week after the break for the Challenge Cup final with a super attitude and we prepared really well.
“You probably need to speak to the players, because some of the stuff they served up wasn’t good enough.
“We can’t even think about play offs after a performance like that, it was just poor.
“I’m a professional coach, it’s my job, but days like that hurt.”
Fax’s right side defence was consistently ripped to shreds by the class of Doncaster’s player coach Paul Cooke, the former Hull and Hull KR star.
At the other end of the field, the visitors badly missed the attacking spark of their own half back, Ben Johnston.
“Ben hurt his ankle against Featherstone and he can’t run,” bemoaned Harrison.
“Hopefully, we can get him fit for next week.
“They scored three or four soft tries, starting with one in the second set.
“We gave ourselves a chance at 23-18 in the second half, but we looked so vulnerable defensively.
“The league table shows we have been good in defence this year, but for the last three or four weeks our goalline defence has been pathetic.
“When teams get in our quarter I have been worried, and when you have a player with the skill and vision of Paul Cooke, he’s is going to take those opportunities.”