Keep calm and carry on is Wakefield Trinity Wildcats boss Richard Agar’s message to his players ahead of tomorrow’s visit of in-form Catalan Dragons.
Wildcats pushed Warrington Wolves all the way last weekend before being pipped 32-30.
That extended their losing run to five games, most by a narrow margin, but Agar stressed: “For us it is a case of not panicking and not looking to make too many changes or adaptations to what we are doing, even personnel-wise.
“We need some guys to aim up a little better and front up in areas where we were down last weekend, but it’s a case of just getting a bit better at some of the things we need to and keep re-affirming the good stuff we are doing.
“There was a lot of that last week. We are creating chances and while ever we do that we are going to be in with a shout.
“We just need to fix up in the middle of the park defensively.”
Luckless Wildcats conceded one try at Warrington on the seventh tackle. Match official Thierry Alibert doesn’t have a game this weekend and Agar said: “When it’s referees making decisions like is it a forward pass or a head-high tackle, of course they will get some right and some wrong.
“But I think we should probably expect that we ought to be getting things like that right. A bit of luck would not go amiss for us, but the saying is the harder you work, the luckier you get.
“That’s what we’ve got to take out of it. We are working really hard and doing some good things, we’ve just got to do them against the better teams for longer periods.
“We have had an extremely tough opening to the season and far from being downbeat and soul-searching we are the other way – we are looking forward to every week and striving towards getting that win.”
Agar will select from the players beaten at Warrington, plus Dean Collis and Kyle Trout.
Catalan are without former Wakefield winger Damien Blanch, who is ill. Cyrille Gossard also drops out, but Setaimata Sa has completed a ban, Clint Greenshields and Jamal Fakir are available after injury and ex-Toulouse forward Antoni Maria could make his debut.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Mathers, Fox, Kirmond, Mellars, Cockayne, John, Smith, Raleigh, Aiton, Amor, Southern, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Wood, Walshaw, Johnson, Wilkes, Collis, Trout.
Catalan Dragons: from Bosc, Greenshields, Duport, Baile, Millard, Pryce, Dureau, Ferriol, Fisher, Casty, Paea, Raguin, Baitieri, Mounis, Pelissier, Simon, Sa, Fakir, Maria.
Referee: Robert Hicks (Oldham).
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3.30pm.