Coaches at Whitehaven RL will look to instil the right competitive mindset in their players before Saturday’s clash with Oldham, said the side’s assistant coach.

Haven suffered a frustrating 30-22 loss to visiting side Bradford Bulls at The LEL Arena on Sunday.

Assistant coach Jonty Gorley told The Whitehaven News that the squad will learn from the loss before the trip to Bower Fold.

“We’ve got to be in it for the following week, it was just a tough one to take on Sunday," he said.

Speaking of the tries that went against Whitehaven, he said: “All five of them came off our errors.

"If we don’t do that, we win that game.”

Haven coaches have previously said that Championship clubs like Bradford will jump on any opportunity to score.

“In this league we’ve gone up a notch, team’s put you to the sword when you make errors," he said.

“They scored when they had 12 men because we invited them in.”

Nevertheless, the team will stay positive ahead of their clash with John Kear’s men.

Gorley said: “I said to them this weekend and at training last week, we can compete with anyone when we get a fair share of the ball.

“We’ll be doing that this week again as we get ready for Oldham, to get in that mindset of competing.”

The side will be up against it as Chris Taylor suffered a torn pectoral muscle and Liam Cooper, Greg McNally and Andy Thornley are also sidelined.

Gorley said: “We’re really down on the numbers but I’m not going to take that as an excuse going to Oldham.

“There’s things to put right in our own camp.

“Confidence shouldn’t be an issue, it’s just putting the small things right.”

Saturday’s round five game versus Oldham kicks off at 12.45pm.