Wakefield Wildcats: Performance paramount for Wildcats says coach Webster

James Webster.
James Webster.
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WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS coach James Webster reckons he is more concerned about his team’s performance tonight than the result.

Injury-hit Wildcats will look to end a five-game losing run – and climb off the foot of First Utility Super League – when they take on Catalans Dragons at Belle Vue.

Depending on other results, a win this evening could lift Wakefield three places, but Webster insisted: “We are just looking to improve.”

Added the coach: “We have done really well against Catalans at our place in the last two years, but we just want a better performance.

“That is what we have all spoken about.

“We want to take all the pressure away, of all the stuff to do with the competition.

“We are not going to get close to winning games until we can perform better and that’s the aim over the next two games.

“Sometimes if you improve, you win.

“We are not giving ourselves a chance of winning at the moment, but we will do if we get better.”

Wakefield could be boosted by the return of playmaker Tim Smith and captain Danny Kirmond, who both missed last Friday’s trip to Wigan Warriors.

Jacob Miller and Kyle Trout are also in contention, with youngsters Tom Johnstone and Jordan Crowther dropping out from the injury-ravaged team crushed 52-10 at the DW Stadium.

Though he hopes to field an older line-up tonight, Webster reckons his team’s recent woes could bring long-term rewards.

And he said: “The encouraging thing against Wigan last week was giving some young players some experience.

“All clubs have gone through this type of thing in the past and it is our turn.

“Would Jordan Crowther and Tom Johnstone have got a crack if everyone was fit?

“Probably not – and that is the good thing for our club.

“Results are not great, but the club will benefit – even though we are doing it hard at the moment – through players coming in and getting more experience.

“Everyone is trying hard. It is tough, but the boys are all onside and we are watching some youngsters coming through who we hope will go on to be good players.”

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats from: Arundel, Collis, Griffin, Hall, Hand, Kirmond, Lauitiiti, McShane, Miller, Owen, Ryan, Riley, Sammut, Scruton, Simon, D Smith, T Smith, Trout, Washbrook.

Catalans Dragons from: Pomeroy, Tonga, Dureau, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Bosc, Pelissier, Whitehead, Garcia, Pala, Cardace, Bousquet, Maria, Baitieri, Robin.

Referee: George Stokes.

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.