Dewsbury Rams Head Coach Neil Kelly spoke to the media following the club’s 40-28 defeat away at Featherstone Rovers.

On the loss Kelly said: “Overall I was proud of the lads efforts. It is a difficult place to come at the best of times. I am looking at it purely from the effort side of things.

“I am really proud of the effort and I thought we gave a good account of ourselves. The reason I am not bursting with enthusiasm is because I thought we could have given a better account of ourselves.

“I think if we’d have given a better account of ourselves then maybe we would have threatened to even win the game, instead of just making it a high scoring game.

“It is the story of our season so far, we know why the players are playing at this level not just for us but for all the clubs. I just think they are not the finished perfect object. If they were I think all the clubs would be playing at a higher level. We do enough wrong to take away from the massive amount we get right. Moments like what happened before half time and moments like the 10-15 minute period in the second half are why we aren’t higher in the league this year. We are a good side but we haven’t learnt the lessons and that is a perfect example of that against Featherstone.

“I thought we stuck to the game plan really well. Some players performed to a high level like Josh Guzdek and Michael Knowles.

“Toby Everett I thought he showed what he is capable of but again he isn’t the finished object. I think he’s typical of the Dewsbury season. You show a bit of promise but then do something wrong and I think Toby epitomises our season.

“The season isn’t over but what a great occasion to come to Featherstone and do the business throughout to get the win. Unfortunately we aren’t ready to do that yet.

“Featherstone are a pass the parcel side, they know what to do in the second half. You never get to a situation they don’t know about, like Sunday the score was close and they were playing up hill in the second half. They’ve been in that situation lots of times. They know they have to complete sets, get behind the kick and put pressure on the opposition to keep them in their 20. I think we allowed them to do it and our discipline let us down. Sometimes the officiating let us down too.”

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