Flanagan puts players on notice

After a poor performance last week against the Eels, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has set the record straight – you either play well, or I will drop you.

Despite being without their Origin stars for last weeks clash, Flanagan was still disappointed with his teams effort, and said that that is no excuse to allow the score to blow-out like it did.

”That was unacceptable,” Flanagan said.

”You can accept that you might not have the firepower to win a game but you still go out there with a certain attitude. The way we performed against the Eels wasn’t up to standard, and we have to get our act together against the Storm or I’m going to have to do something about it. If it happens again, I’m going to have to make big changes.

”We have to start performing or I’ll have to start getting the young kids in. We can’t just leave things the same if we don’t perform well against Melbourne. We would have to change things, and I’ve put the players on notice to perform or that’s what’s going to happen.”

What irritates Flanagan even more, is that his side has shown that they can match it with the top teams having toppled the Dragons, but they are not consistent enough in doing so.

‘It happens, and then it doesn’t happen,” he said.

”We beat the Dragons in round two, and we’re still the only team that have beaten them this year. We should have beaten Manly, and we defended extremely well to beat the Roosters two rounds back, but then we get a performance like the one against Parramatta, and it’s not good enough.”

Whilst he knows that beating the Storm at AAMI Park is no easy feat, the fact that both the Warriors and the Raiders have done so, means that they are not impenetrable at that ground anymore.

”You’ve obviously got to play really well to do it but the Warriors and Raiders proved it can be done,” he said.

”We’ve got to aim at producing the same sort of committed performance over 80 minutes.”

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