Sometimes you have to win ugly

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Our 21-15 win against Barnsley at the weekend was hardly the most enjoyable to watch, but sometimes you have to dig in and win ugly.

With all the respect in the world to Barnsley, they were very limited and never really put us under any real pressure.

They only pressured our line once in the match and relied on penalties for their points.

You never intend to do another team dis-service but when you play at home to a team who are struggling, like Barnsley, you expect to get a comfortable win.

We never looked like losing the game though.

We dug in and took the win, which is great.

Credit to Barnsley though. While they were limited ability wise, they were a good set of lads who all grafted hard.

The win sets us up superbly for our cup game at Pontefract on Saturday.

We’ve set our sights firmly on having a good cup run this season, so Saturday’s game is a big one for us.

Pontefract lost at the weekend so they’ll clearly be looking to bounce straight back, so we’ll need to be wary of them.

We beat them at our place earlier in the season, but as we know, at this level playing teams away from home can be totally different.

I’ve decided that I won’t be naming the team until Saturday morning.

I did it last week and the lads all seemed to react in a positive fashion. Routines can be good, but sometimes it’s also good to mix it up.

Tom Ratcliffe and Jake Rollinson are available this week, and Tommy Goodman and Rob Dean come into the squad. But Phil Austen and Zbynek Schutz miss out.