|Coral Challenge Cup fourth round: Keighley v Bradford Bulls|
|Venue: Cougar Park, Keighley Date: Sunday, 31 March Kick off: 14:45 BST Coverage: Live Loading over the BBC Sport website, app and connected TVs.|
Keighley Cougars trainer Craig Lingard has said his negative”have nothing to reduce” in Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against local rivals Bradford Bulls.
Both sides have recently endured difficult periods from the field; Bradford were liquidated in 20 17, while Keighley were placed in special measures in November 2018 and started this season with a 12-point deduction.
Lingard told BBC Radio Leeds:”They’re ostensibly a fulltime Championship team and we’re little older Keighley who are part time and a phoenix from the flames.
“It has got a terrific cup-tie story to it and we all need to be mentioning our players. Let’s take a peek .”
He added:”We’ll need to play a lot better than we did on Sunday (a 24-22 win over North Wales Crusaders) or they’ll simply take us to the cleaners”
Sunday’s win moved the Cougars onto minus seven points, seven points behind West Wales Raiders along with also North Wales Crusaders at the bottom of League One.
The Bulls have had a mixed start at the league, with four wins and four defeats from their initial eight Championship games.
Coach John Kear has twice tasted victory at the Challenge Cup, together with Sheffield Eagles at 1999 along with Hull FC at 2005.
He believes his side get in the match in good shape after their 26-12 win over Leigh last Sunday.
“The players got everything they deserved. I was emotional after the match since the players did it tough when you see people you worry about doing this it is excellent to view. It’s why you are in sport,” he said.
“we all know we are a good team and can develop into a very good team over the course of this season. I believe it was the best triumph since I have now already been here”