St Helens forward Kyle Amor has hit back at the side’s critics.
The 2014 Grand Final winners have faced substantial criticism ever since their horror show against Salford last month.
Since then, Saints have gone on to win two Super League matches, overcoming Hull KR and on Friday night the previously unbeaten Castleford Tigers.
Even that has not stopped the doubters, with Garry Schofield describing the current St Helens team as “donkeys” in last week’s League Express.
However, Amor believes that such views are incorrect.
“I hear people say we’re winning like this, but winning like what?
“It’s hard not to read about it when you’re on Twitter. A lot of people are bagging us. We know we’ve not reached our peak yet, but we are winning.
“We’re scoring 28 points a game. Ask any other side in Super League and 28 points is enough to win you a game. For us it’s the other side, our defence. We just need to fix that up. We’re really happy we’ve got the win. We know we need to improve and we will improve.”
Their debacle against Salford last month continues to be discussed by both fans and neutrals. But Amor believes it is time to move on, and he anticipates that many teams will suffer a similar fate at some point this year.
“Every team at some point is going to have their day like that,” he said.
“Leeds had it at Widnes and one or two others will have it. That’s Super League and that’s where we’re at. With the intensity right across the league that’s going to happen at some point. But the aim is to have as few of those performances as possible.
“This club has been spoiled with success and trophies over a number of years. The fans demand success and they demand good performances. But we’ve picked up three wins from four and come the business end of the year, when the season really matters in the Super 8s, you try and accumulate as many points as possible for that period. Nobody will remember February, they never do, so we’re happy we’ve got three wins from four.”