NORTH WALES CRUSADERS head coach Mike Grady was delighted with his side’s comeback in Sunday’s 28-24 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory over Keighley Cougars.
However, he insist that his squad won’t get carried away as attention turns back to the league, and a trip to face Workington Town on Sunday.
The Crusaders came from 24-6 down at half-time to knock Keighley Cougars out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Queensway Stadium.
Speaking following the game, Grady said: “The second-half performance was much, much better and was near the level that we expect to be at.
“I’m still a bit disappointed with the first-half and that gives us plenty to work on, but we showed the type of performance that we are capable of in the second-half.
“In the end we showed great determination to grind out the win – and that is an important sign ahead of a long season.”
Having trailed at the break, the Crusaders scored 22 unanswered points in the second-half, something which pleased Grady: “As well as scoring 22 points, we did well to limit Keighley to just a handful of chances.
“I was really pleased with how we looked in defence as well as attack and that was very pleasing to see.”
Having booked their place in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup, the Crusaders will now return to Betfred League One action on Sunday when they travel to face Workington Town.
Looking ahead to the clash, Grady said: “We won’t be getting carried away with this result, we’ve got the win but our attention now turns to Workington this Sunday.
“There’s strong competition for places, so we’ll be getting our heads down and training hard because Workington will be a tough game.
“They’ve recruited well and added some experienced players to their squad so we’ll have to be at the top of our game when we go there on Sunday.
“Following a draw in our last league outing against London, we want to push on and show what we can do so that we can put that disappointment behind us.”