Halifax captain Scott Murrell has refused to blame his broken hand for his recent form, insisting: “I am just playing badly”.
The 27 year old, who spent seven seasons in Super League with Hull KR before joining Fax last winter, has arguably been the form player in the Championship for much of this season.
But after fracturing a bone in his hand against Whitehaven last month, he has played the club’s last three games - two of which, at Leigh and Barrow, have ended in defeat - with pain killing injections.
Murrell was in no mood to make excuses though ahead of Sunday’s home game with Doncaster (3.0).
“It’s nothing to do with my hand; I am just playing badly,” said Murrell.
“It’s gutting, because I have been doing it all year and then we get to these last few games and I have been poor.
“I’ve fallen way below the standards I expect of myself in the last three matches.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s nothing to do with my hand; I am having needles in it so I can’t feel it anyway.
“I just need to sort myself out, look at my own performances, get training hard and look how I can help the team out.”
The club’s playmakers have taken much of the heat for last week’s losses, but Murrell made it clear the blame was not theirs alone.
“The bottom line is that the penalties and the errors cost us as much as anything,” he said.
“You can’t win a game coming out of your own half all the time.
“I don’t think we had one ‘good ball’ set in the second half at Barrow last weekend, which tells its own story.”