Castleford Tigers: Powell is looking for his players to step up

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell knows which areas his team need to improve in tomorrow – all of them.

Tigers produced one of their worst performances of the season six days ago when they were crushed 46-16 at Widnes Vikings.

Junior Moors

Junior Moors

And the coach insisted they need to be much better tomorrow in what he has described as a “crucial” game away to Salford Red Devils.

“We were pretty disappointed with our effort last week, across the board really,” Powell admitted.

“I think most of our players were short of their standards. This is an important game for us, obviously.

“We need to win this one and performances, individually and collectively, need to step up. We know we can.

“We’ve been pretty good recently, but it was a disappointment the way we fell away last week.”

Salford were knocked out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup by Leigh Centurions a week ago and are low on players due to injuries and suspension, but Powell stressed: “I am more focused on us. Salford have got a really good squad, some things are happening to them at the moment, but ultimately we’ve got to perform how we can.

“That is all we can look after. I’m not interested in what’s happening to them, it’s about us performing well and it’s absolutely crucial we do.”

Tigers have won only one away game this season, but Powell doesn’t believe they have a problem with form on the road.

“We’ve had some decent performances away from home,” he said.

“I just don’t think we are consistent enough.

“We won at Warrington in our away game before Widnes, so we just need to be more consistent.”

Despite last Sunday’s defeat, Powell feels Tigers are “in a good position”.

He said: “We are in the top-eight at more or less the half-way stage.

“I suppose we’d have taken that.

“We should be better, but we’ve had a lot of injuries.

“We had nine players missing last weekend and I think people have forgotten that, because I’ve not made a big deal of it.

“We have got a squad that can do the job, but we need to be a bit better to get some consistency.”

There is no place in Tigers’ squad for Ryan Bailey, who joined them this week, but former Leeds scholarship back Ash Robson is in line for what would be his debut.

Luke Gale and Junior Moors are in contention after injury and Will Maher is also included.

Michael Channing drops out, along with forward Steve Crossley, who has left the club and joined Bradford on a permanent deal, signing until the end of 2016.

Salford Red Devils: from Locke, Jones-Bishop, Johnson, Morley, Tasi, Hansen, Fages, Taylor, Caton-Brown, Evalds, Walton, Hood, G Griffin, Forster, Gee, Lannon, Godwin, Gildart, Greenwood

Castleford Tigers: from Tansey, Clare, Shenton, Robson, Gibson, Roberts, Finn, Lynch, Moor, Wheeldon, Holmes, Millington, Massey, Milner, Jewitt, Boyle, Gale, Moors, Maher.

Referee: George Stokes.

Kick-off: Tomorrow, 3pm.