A more clinical performance is what coach James Webster wants to see from his Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side at Salford Red Devils tomorrow.
Wildcats have lost their last two matches, but regained some pride in a 20-16 loss to St Helens last week following a 58-16 drubbing at Widnes Vikings in their previous game.
Webster felt Wildcats could have beaten the champions if they had taken their chances and said they need to make better use of the opportunities that come their way tomorrow.
“The effort was pleasing and we gave it a real good go,” Webster said of the defeat eight days ago. “If we had been more clinical with some things, we could easily have won the game. We just weren’t good enough in certain aspects, though Saints did defend really well.”
Big-spending Salford are showing signs of finding their form after a slow start.
They lost their opening two matches, but beat Hull at home two weeks ago and came away from Catalans Dragons with a point following a 40-40 stalemate last Saturday.
Wildcats’ injury problems are mounting, with ex-Salford man Matty Ashurst ruled out due to a recurrence of a groin problem, but Webster insisted: “We will go there confident.
“We think we can beat all teams, but we know we need to be at our best because they are a really good team.
“Attacking-wise, they have got so much strike in them. On offence they are strong and aggressive, so we have got to deal with that. “We will have to defend well and if we do that we’ll give ourselves a chance. If not, it could be a long afternoon.”
But Webster added: “Every week is tough. We have to compete hard and handle it physically. If we can turn up and work hard and be high on effort, we will be in with a chance – then we need to be good enough skill-wise. But the first step is to make sure we turn up with the right attitude.”
Meanwhile, Webster said he has no idea where speculation linking Wildcats with Hull KR’s former Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey has come from. The coach said: “We have got zero money. There is no movement that I am aware of and I’ve not been in contact with him.”
Pita Godinet, Joe Arundel and Jordan Crowther are in contention for Wildcats.
Salford are without Liam Hood from the side which drew in France last week. Michael Dobson, George Griffin and Jason Walton are the players hoping to be called up.
Salford Red Devils: from Locke, Johnson, Sa’u, Peterson, J Griffin, Chase, Fages, Taylor, Lee, Tasi, Hansen, Hauraki, J Walne, Morley, D Griffin, A Walne, Dobson, G Griffin, Walton.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: from Hall, Riley, Collis, Lyne, Owen, Miller, T Smith, D Smith, Washbrook, Scruton, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, Ryan, McShane, Simon, Paea, Godinet, Arundel, Crowther.
Referee: Matt Thomason.
Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm