Naylor wants Oldham to banish their away demons

Oldham chief Scott Naylor is hoping his side’s woe on their travels comes to an end tonight.

Roughyeds travel to face Halifax still in search of their first away league victory of the season despite defeating Super League side Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium in the Challenge Cup.

Their Jekyll and Hyde performances have left Naylor scratching his head, prompting the Oldham chief to demand a certain level of performance from his players tonight.

“We’ve not performed the same away from home as we have at home,” Naylor told TotalRL.

“Other than the Hull KR game we’ve not been very good anywhere else.

“Halifax is an opportunity just for us to put in a good performance away from home really and to give ourselves a chance, because we haven’t done that yet this season. It’s been a tough few weeks for the lads but we’re getting some faces back now and should look fresh.

“It has to be a mental thing, I don’t see how it can be anything else. We don’t train differently, we don’t talk about things differently, we generally do very much the same. We have really good spells in games where we play the way we want to, but we can’t do it for long periods and it’s important we sort that going into the second half of fixtures because we need to pick some points up on the road.”

Tonight they face a Fax side that defeated them earlier in the season following a first half blitz, and Naylor is keen to stop Richard Marhsall’s side blowing them away.

“When we played Halifax at our place we went in 30-0 down, so we are fully aware of what they can do to us if we let them. It’s about stopping Halifax and keeping ourselves in the game, because we didn’t do that last time. Hopefully a different Halifax turns up to that one.

“But we’ve just got to concentrate on us, because when we do things right we always have a chance. That’s what we’re looking for.”