Michael shenton urges Castleford Tigers not to lower standards against Bradford
Last Updated: February 12, 2013 1:25pm
Castleford captain Michael Shenton is hoping his side can use Sunday's dramatic 14-12 win over champions Leeds as a springboard for success this season.
Two Jamie Ellis penalties gave the Tigers a last-gasp victory over their Yorkshire rivals to end a run of eight straight defeats stretching back to last season.
Castleford's next opponents are Bradford at Odsal and Shenton is urging his side to pick up where they left off against the Rhinos.
"I think we did a great job (against Leeds) and I am really proud of that performance, but we move on to Bradford on Saturday now," Shenton told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It is a short turn-around so we enjoyed Sunday night and then we were straight into looking at Bradford.
"It's no good if we drop away now. We can't have that kind of mentality and I don't think the boys have.
"We have spoken about it, we've said enjoy the win - we have to enjoy the wins when they do come, especially big wins like that in front of a big crowd.
"But we know Bradford at their place is always going to be a challenge and it's tough to get a win over there at Odsal, especially when it's cold and windy - conditions they are used to.
"It's no good if we drop away now. We can't have that kind of mentality and I don't think the boys have."
"They are a changed team this year and we know they will be a challenge."
The Tigers have now played both of last season's Grand Finalists in their first two games and Shenton feels one win from those games is a good return for a side he feels has plenty of potential.
"If you look at our squad, there's probably some names in there who people won't recognise, though they probably sound a bit familiar - people like Jordy Thompson and Olly Holmes. But they have really stood up, they can hit, they can really run the ball and they are working hard behind the scenes in training as well," added Shenton.
"We've got to play well and when we've got some confidence we've got to play smart and stick to our game plan."