FRANCIS CUMMINS was left to rue missed opportunites following last night's defeat to Salford Red Devils – and the Bradford Bulls head coach pulled no punches while assessing his side's performance.
He looked on as his men fell to a 38-24 defeat First Utility Super League loss at The Provident Stadium.
But boss Cummins, who took the Bradford reins in 2012, was in no mood to make excuses during his post-match analysis.
“We were strong in spells but our concentration levels were not good enough last night,” he said.
“We were good for two or three plays but the fourth and fifth weren't up to sratch – both in attack and defence.
“Salford have some fantastic individuals, who are capable of unlocking any defence, and we made it far too easy for them.
“We gave them cheap ball and bought a bag full of blatent dummies.
“There were a few players who haven't played for a while, who maybe took the odd read wrong.
“I can accept that but to take cold dummies is very, very poor.
“We do not coach it and we do not practice it but, in games, we tend to overwork and help people on the edgdes while forgetting about the most important man – the man with the ball.
“We gave a team like Salford, who have so many attacking threats, too much ball and too much momentum. It takes its toll eventually.”
Coach Cummins was able to take some positives from the round-eight tie, however.
He picked out Elliot Kear's breathtaking try as a highlight, while praising the performance of stand-off Lee Gaskell – who returned to action following a lengthy injury lay-off.
“Gasky looked sharp early on and he took the line on well,” added Cummins.
“I felt we came up with some nice tries, I thought Elliot Kear did really well for his late on.
“I cannot fault the effort, we do not stop working. But effort is not the only thing you are measured on – you are measured on attacking and defending.”
The Bulls return to action on Thursday when arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos visit The Provident Stadium.
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