Rochdale Hornets


29th May 2019, 20:55


Rochdale Hornets coach Matt Calland says he will continue to oversee changes at the club after his first month in charge.

 Calland took over at the Crown Oil Arena four weeks ago, overseeing a tough home defeat to Featherstone before narrow losses to York and Swinton preceded Sunday’s disappointing setback at Barrow.

 The former Hornets centre has already brought in several new faces as he looks to reshape his squad mid-season, and says that process is on-going.

 Calland said: “We ran out of time in the York game - if it had gone on five minutes longer then we could have won that, and it was a massive improvement on the week before against Featherstone.

 “The week after against Swinton was a game we should have won.

 “If we’d handled their kicking game a bit better and our game management had been better when we were in front then we’d have been okay.

 “Sunday at Barrow was a tough one to take in what was an important game.

 “I think Barrow are a lot better side than the table suggests, but to collapse like we did was very difficult to accept.

 “We had some disruption in the build-up in losing Harvey Livett, Oscar Thomas and Scott Moore, but what unfolded was still very disappointing.”

 Calland says he and assistant Dave Larder will continue to implement their beliefs in coming weeks.

 Calland explained: “It isn’t easy to come in mid-season and change things - we knew it wouldn’t happen overnight.

 “As a team we’re just not tough enough physically or mentally at the moment - we can’t hang in to games at crucial stages.

 “We want to make the club a tougher environment to work in to change that, and when you do that you will naturally lose some players.

“But it’s the only way to revitalise and reshape the team.

“You’d always want to have a full pre-season where you can mould the attitude and fitness of a team, but these are the cards we’ve been dealt.

“The players that we’ve brought in from the amateur game have been fitter than the vast majority of the squad.

“We’re going to continue trying to bring in players that have an attitude of wanting to work hard and play for this club.

“At the moment the players are low on confidence.

“Two weeks in a row they came close to getting that win, and they need that to give them the belief in what we’re trying to do.

“We know the size of the task ahead of us but we believe that if we can get that first win then the squad is capable of getting on a roll and picking up a few more.”