IT IS a tough time for Castleford Tigers, but coach Daryl Powell is confident hard work and self belief will get them through it.
Tigers will go into tonight’s First Utility Super League visit of Wigan Warriors still looking for their first points of the season following losses to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Catalans Dragons and St Helens.
Injuries are mounting and Cas are without hooker Scott Moore, who is serving a one-match ban, but Powell reckons their problems are all part of the game.
“We aren’t having much go our way at the moment,” Powell conceded.
“It is all coming at once.
“At the start of last season we had everything go our way and now we’ve got everything going against us.
“We are working hard and we are not far away. We should be a bit better off than we are, but we’ve got to get on with it.”
Powell said tonight’s match is “just about us getting our game right” and he added: “We have worked really hard up to now.
“Defensively we’ve looked good for long periods, but in terms of our attack it is taking a bit of time to pull together.
“It is frustrating, but we’ve lost three games and we are minus 10 on the scoreboard.
“That shows we aren’t far away, but we’ve got no points and that’s disappointing.”
Powell admitted he wasn’t expecting it to be plain sailing in the opening rounds.
“We knew it was going to be a tough start for us,” he said.
“I didn’t expect it to look like this, but we need to get ourselves kick-started.
“We have worked exceptionally hard, but for whatever reason things haven’t quite gone for us.
“We just need to be a bit more clinical with the ball and if we keep working hard things will turn around for us.”
Wigan have a draw, win and defeat from their three Super League games so far and Powell said: “They are a tough side.
“Physically they come at you – it has been that way for a few years. We will have to play really well to beat them, they will be pretty motivated, but every team is.
“It is a tough competition.”
Denny Solomona and Jordan Tansey will both miss tonight’s game after being hurt at Saints last Friday, with James Clare and Luke Dorn ready to step in.
Michael Channing also drops out, but Ben Roberts, Steve Crossley and Scott Wheeldon are vying for a recall.
Wigan are set to welcome back Matty Bowen, James Greenwood, Dom Manfrei and Dan Sarginson, with Ryan Hampshire and Connor Farrell dropping out from the team beaten at Hull KR five days ago.
Castleford Tigers: from Dorn, Clare, Gibson, Shenton, Carney, Finn, Gale, Lynch, Milner, Millington, O Holmes, Moors, Massey, Cook, Boyle, McMeeken, Crossley, Roberts, Wheeldon.
Wigan Warriors: from Bowen, Charnley, Gelling, Sarginson, Burgess, Williams, Smith, Sutton, McIllorum, Tautai, J Tomkins, L Farrell, Bateman, Clubb, Patrick, Mossop, Powell, Manfredi, Greenwood.
Referee: Tim Roby.