Sheffield Eagles head coach Aston says they “can’t take anything for granted” going into Barrow clash

Mark Aston has warned his players to stay focused ahead of their game with Barrow on Sunday.

Sheffield Eagles face the Raiders, who have not won since the opening day of the season, and have lost their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Barrow are in a relegation scrap, after several first team injuries hampered their start to the season.

“I’m surprised Barrow are at the bottom. I look at their squad, I saw the recruitment in pre-season and I thought: they’re going to be a tough team to beat,” said Aston.

Aston is not underestimating the second-from-bottom side, but he is keen for his side to control the game in the Summer Bash at 1pm on Sunday.

“If we don’t play for 80 minutes, there’s no shadow of a doubt that we can come unstuck, and we don’t want that,” says Aston.

“They haven’t had the greatest of starts so they’ve lost a bit of confidence.

“That spells danger to me and I’m always mindful of that so we can’t take anything for granted,” Aston said.

Sheffield Eagles have been flying this year, and now have more points at the halfway stage than they did in all of last season.

“We’ve got a better squad; we’ve got a better attitude, a better commitment from the players,” Aston added.

“We’ve instilled a personal pride into the team and they’ve responded and they’ve been great.”

Eagles’ loss against Leigh was the first time they have lost two matches on the bounce this season, and Aston is desperate to get back to winning ways.

“The last couple of games I’ve been disappointed with because we let ourselves down against Halifax after a tough period.

“And then again against Leigh, we were winning the game at half time 20-12, we didn’t need to win it again.

“We got into a comfortable lead 38-24 with 12 minutes to go and yet we lost it.

“We’ve worked hard to get where we are and the last thing we want to do is finish the season shabbily,” he added.

Paddy Burns will return to the side after a month out with concussion and Jason Crookes has been given the all clear to return, after dislocating his shoulder back in March.

After a tough few years, the Eagles are looking to finish strongly in the championship and continue their form.

“We’re starting the building process again and are building Sheffield Eagles to be a force in the Championship again,” says Aston.

Barrow Raiders v Sheffield Eagles at Bloomfield Road will be live on Sky Sports Arena at 1pm.

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