Brown: “Effort Unacceptable”

NATHAN Brown said the performance in the loss to Hull KR was “unacceptable” considering Saints’ recent results.

His side were beaten 40-10 at the KC Lightstream Stadium to leave them still seeking their first win since 2007 over in East Humberside.

“Three weeks ago we were poor against Catalan and got a great response,” he said. “We beat Castleford and Wigan who are both doing well, but then to come here and do what we did; we can’t brush that under the carpet.

“If there was one like that after a good three months then possibly you could but you can’t ignore two in the space of four weeks.

“It doesn’t matter where you sit in the league, the commitment and effort for each other has to be better.

“We can’t make emotional decisions but we have to go and look at some things to see how we can make two efforts like that in four weeks.

“We have Kyle Amor back training with the team, Anthony Laffranchi has been given the all clear and Matt Dawson, Richie Beaumont and Gary Wheeler – 19th man today – are available. So there are things to look at but we have to be careful.

“It isn’t acceptable to toss up what we have in a short period of time.

“If you are genuine about Old Trafford then you can’t do what we have done in the last four weeks and consider yourself the best in the competition. If we can’t back up and not be far off then that is not acceptable.”

Saints were 14-10 down at half time and that wasn’t a bad position considering the lack of ball says Brown.

“I’ve said all week that Hull KR’s league position is false. They’ve had injuries but have players coming back. They played well against the Giants and had a few things go against them.

“In the first half, we gave them a couple of intercept tries and they scored after we didn’t find touch on a penalty. At half time we thought we could turn it around but in the second half we had some blokes who have been good for us this year turn in their worst games and that combined across the board meant it just wasn’t good enough.

“We had some momentum in the second half but it doesn’t take much to be off in this league – and you can see that from the table.

“I thought Mose Masoe and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook were great today and the last two weeks have been their best performances of the season.”

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