HALIFAX centre Lee Paterson believes the example of Co-operative Championship underdogs Dewsbury could represent a way out of the champions’ current slump in form.
Warren Jowitt’s unfashionable Rams are due at the Shay today (3.0) as Fax look for their first league win in six starts, just three days after collapsing to a 47-36 loss at Widnes.
And Paterson - who said he was “embarrassed” by events at the Halton Stadium - reckons Fax could do worse than look at their visitors’ example.
“Dewsbury are a solid unit, you know you are always going to be in a dogfight,” said Paterson.
“Maybe that’s what we need to do, concentrate on doing the simple things right.
“Look at what they do: they don’t have a big budget, but they turn up every week and win, lose or draw they put a massive effort in.
“You only have to look at their points difference, they are not easy to score against.
“Thursday was pretty awful, the first half there was no enthusiasm, no one wanted to tackle.
“It was embarrassing to be honest.
“It seemed like no one had any desire to defend.
“Today, we need to get stuck in, keep in the arm wrestle and dig a win out.”
Coach Matt Calland has not made any public comment since labelling some of his side as “lazy” in the wake of the reverse in Cheshire, with Fax training both Friday and yesterday.
Calland pledged to drop players for today’s game, although Paterson believes the survivors will not be lacking in motivation.
“There are going to be people dropped, that’s obvious, but the players that are selected will have a chance to put things right,” said Paterson.
“All we can do is put Thursday night to bed and focus on today.
“It’s only a three day recovery, but after a performance like that it might be a good thing.”
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England prop Sam Burgess is not expected to be sidelined for a long period despite initial fears he had broken his ankle in South Sydney’s 36-24 defeat to Canterbury.
Burgess had to be carried from the field after 63 minutes.
The former Bradford Bulls man will undergo scans on the injury this week but Rabbitohs coach John Lang was confident he had not suffered a break.