Anthony Murray is demanding a response from his North Wales Crusaders players in tomorrow's clash with London Skolars.

The Cru head to the capital after successive heavy defeats to League One title challengers Bradford Bulls and York City Knights.

Those losses have damaged the Wrexham club's bid to reach this season's play-off places, with Murray's side now 10th in the table at the season's midway point.

Reflecting on his side's defensive lapses in their last two fixtures, Murray said: "We've had 80 points scored against us in the last fortnight, which is not acceptable and it's not something I'm prepared to put up with.

"We did see a lot of the ball, albeit in defensive areas, but it's what you do with possession that matters in games and against York we really didn't do a lot with it.

"Individual errors and silly penalties cost us and I lost count of how many times we gave penalties away late in the tackle count which gave us too much work to do.

"We're a work in progress as a team, but there are standards and expectations that I have as a coach and the last two weeks just haven't been good enough from ourselves.

"We need to change that mindset and we've got to fix it quick because it will be another tough game at London, which is a massive game for both sides, and I want to go down there and get a response."

The opening day fixture between the two sides produced an absorbing 24-all draw at the Queensway Stadium

Late tries for Gavin Conroy and Dale Bloomfield looked to have won the game for the hosts, but Mike Bishay's last gasp drop-kick salvaged a point for Skolars.

The clubs have fared similarly in their campaigns to date, with Jermaine Coleman's Skolars side just two points adrift of the Cru in 11th place.

Murray said: "London are a tough side and they’ll want to get the win to climb above us in the table.

"They've made good use of their own dual reg system with London Broncos and had an influx of quality into their squad. They're a side that come at you hard down the middle of the pitch and we'll have to match that physicality to get a result.

“We want to stay in that fight for a place in the top-half of the table, and that starts on Saturday in what is a massive game which we don’t want to lose."

The Crusaders have no fresh injury concerns for the game, with recently signed duo Earl Hurst and Samir Tahraoui set to feature again after appearing from the bench last weekend.

Basement side West Wales Raiders host Whitehaven in tomorrow's only other league fixture.

Bradford entertain Doncaster on Sunday when York visit Keighley Cougars, Newcastle Thunder host Coventry Bears, Hemel Stags visit Workington, and Hunslet take on Oldham.