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Brian McDermott’s reaction to Featherstone Rovers’ shock defeat to Batley Bulldogs

All season we’ve been expecting to see Leigh Centurions meet Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game for a spot in Super League as two big spenders with massive ambitions hope to make their stamp on Super League.

Leigh today, after finishing top and beating Fev in the 1895 Cup Final, booked their place in the Million Pound Game today as the hosts but Fev failed to meet them losing 32-28 to fifth place and semi-professional Batley at home this afternoon paying the price for falling 14-0 down early.

Now Batley will meet Leigh in the final as Fev miss out on promotion again after losing the Million Pound Game against Toulouse last year.

After the game former Leeds Rhinos boss and the man Fev appointed to get them promoted Brian McDermott spoke to Premier Sports about the disappointment of defeat: “Disappointing, we wanted to get to the final and get promoted. You’ve got to call it a failure haven’t you. We failed on the objective of getting promoted.

“Bitterly disappointed, I thought there were massive moments of effort there today but I give Batley lots of credit. They’re a difficult team to play against for us.

“I’ve been with the group nine months and the progression of the group and where the group is going to get to is probably more interesting but that’s more of a long term thing.

“There’s been a massive change around with the squad, we’ve brought in a number of guys, over 10 players have joined the squad so it’s been a bit of a transition.

“It leaves the team in a really good shape to push on. But my job was to get them promoted and I didn’t. It’s hard. It’s a tough day today.”

So, it’s back to the drawing board for McDermott and Featherstone then, but can Batley do the impossible and beat Leigh next week for a place in Super League.

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