Halifax coach Karl Harrison described his side as “amateurish” after they went down 39-18 at Doncaster yesterday.
That dropped the Shay side to fourth in the Championship – a real disappointment when Sheffield’s win against Featherstone gave them a chance to gain ground on second spot.
Instead, they now find themselves relying on Batley winning at Doncaster next weekend to avoid fourth spot and a trip to champions Leigh in the play-offs.
“It was inexcusable, inexcusable,” Harrison told the Halifax Courier.
“I’m finding it hard to put it into words how I feel about that.
“I’m not normally stuck for something to say, but I am today; it was a poor, poor day.
“Some of the individual performances were amateurish.
“We came back last week after the break for the Challenge Cup final with a super attitude and we prepared really well.
“You probably need to speak to the players, because some of the stuff they served up wasn’t good enough.
“We can’t even think about play offs after a performance like that, it was just poor.
“I’m a professional coach, it’s my job, but days like that hurt.”