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Gailer set to axe Whitehaven flops

Disappointed Don Gailer warned under-performing players to shape up or face the axe after Whitehaven’s four-match winning run came to an end against league leaders Barrow yesterday.

Don Gailer photo
Don Gailer

The Raiders led just 30-28 with 10 minutes left but powered clear of the hosts in the closing moments to win 42-28 and deny Haven a bonus point. And Gailer admitted he had feared the worst yesterday after a poor pre-match training session on Friday.

“There was a lack of effort in training on Friday night. You could smell it coming,” he said.

“We had won four in a row, and I don’t know whether guys got complacent as we are down in numbers a little bit, and they think they don’t have to work as hard.

“They can think that again. I’ve just told them I will bring people in to take their jerseys if they don’t want to play in a Whitehaven jersey. They had no reason for Friday night. I stopped training three times to address attitude. It was one of those I walked away from frustrated. It’s hard to put your finger on sometimes.”

Gailer was satisfied with a handful of players against the Raiders, including try-scorers Carl Sice and Carl Rudd.

“You feel sorry for the guys who do prepare,” he added. “Three or four were there, 20 minutes before training, practising everything – catches, kicks – and those guys played all right today.

“I don’t think Jamie Rooney did anything wrong, and Andreas Bauer at full-back played himself in to the ground.

“Ruddy played himself to a standstill and was gone with three minutes to go, and Sicey did a good job off the bench but ran out of steam and had to come off. He got back out there when the horse had bolted.”

Gailer did not blame Haven’s late collapse on fitness issues in the sweltering conditions.

He said: “We are fit enough, we are just not mentally tough enough.

“On the big stage, after 68 minutes, when it’s tight, you need people to stand up and say, ‘this is my game, I’m going to grab it by the throat and get on with it’.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have anyone out there today who wanted to put up his hand and take us all forward. Everyone fell into complacency, and then we were missing those things we had worked hard on earlier in the week to contain.”

Haven remain in a top-four promotion slot as Oldham, in fifth, picked up only a bonus point in a home defeat against South Wales on Saturday.

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aye itl be up the town then straight back down lol

Posted by andy cap on 30 May 2012 at 15:25

Is that the pitter patter of tears I can hear from fans of the trophy dodgers as they wear their petty jealousy on their sleaves? Big spenders indeed......I guess all the lanchaven travellers play for nothing? Did they come up here because lanchaven offered more money? or did no-one else want them? tough one that.
In the mean time.....do you want some cheese with that whine? lolololol

Posted by laughing at you on 29 May 2012 at 20:50

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