Nathan Brown insists he will not be forced into making “emotional decisions” after Saints crashed to their second humiliating Super League defeat in less than a month.
Neither has the Aussie any intention of pressing the panic button following Sunday’s 40-10 drubbing at Hull KR which came hard on the heels of a 42-0 hammering against the Catalan Dragons in the south of France.
But he is demanding more endeavour from his players - one or two of whom he felt had their poorest games of the season on Humberside - when struggling Bradford Bulls visit Langtree Park on Friday night.
Brown said: “If you are genuine contenders to go all the way to Old Trafford, then you can’t repeat the kind of performances we produced against the Dragons, or Hull KR, and consider yourself the best in the competition. Neither was acceptable.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter where you sit in the league - and we are top at the moment - the commitment and effort for each other has got to be much better.
“We can’t make emotional decisions but we have to go back and analyse some things to find out the reason behind our two poor efforts in recent weeks. We can’t just brush the matter under the carpet.”
Hopefully, Brown will be boosted by the return to fitness of powerhouse prop Kyle Amor who, until suffering a knee injury in the Challenge Cup defeat at Leeds in April, had been one of Saints’ most consistent performers.
The 27-year-old prop, who is now back in training with the first team squad, has made a quicker recovery from his injury than originally expected and could come into the reckoning for the first team ahead of schedule.
Anthony Laffrachi has also been given the all clear following a long absence with a shoulder problem while fellow prop Richie Beaumont’s comeback continued with a second outing for partnership club Rochdale Hornets.