Supporters left in the dark

Saints player Paul Wellens
Saints player Paul Wellens

Saints fans have been left guessing as to what is going on at Langtree Park to mean they have been unable to deliver the goods against their main league title rivals.

The club’s latest setback came in the Magic Weekend clash with Warrington Wolves on Sunday and led to coach Nathan Brown admitting: “I know why we were not good enough but I am not going to make it public.”

Those cryptic comments left countless fans bemused and angered in equal measure by Brown’s reluctance to spell out the root causes of his side’s malaise.

One fan, life-long supporter, John Callon, contacted the St Helens Reporter to vent his frustration at Brown’s stance.

“Like thousands of other Saints’ fans there is a great deal I could say about our performance at the Etihad Stadium,” he said. “However, what concerns me is that Nathan doesn’t want to go public on why we lost.

“If he isn’t going to do so, why did he make the comments in the first place?”

He added: “Saints’ fans will now be coming up with all sorts of rumours and speculation as to what is the problem.

“It’s like telling somebody that you have a secret and then not revealing what it is and almost forcing them to guess.”

Club skipper Paul Wellens, who came on during the second half and played a leading role in triggering a mini-revival, dropped a broad hint what was at the heart of the problem.

He told TV viewers: “We have got to turn up with the right attitude and that out there was simply not good enough. It was an embarrassment.”

Saints’ 41-24 defeat also denied them the opportunity to return to the summit of Super League at the expense of Leeds Rhinos who had toppled to a 18-14 defeat against Wigan Warriors 24 hours earlier.

Brown said: “It was definitely disappointing to lose as we had the chance to go top of the table and half-way through the year we would have seen that as a good achievement but unfortunately we weren’t good enough today.

“I told the players at half-time what I honestly thought we needed to do to beat the likes of Wigan, Leeds or Warrington in a big game.”