Wakefield Trinity Wildcats go into their Engage Super League Round 21 home game against knowing that they have something to prove.
Coming on the back of last Sunday’s 46-14 home defeat by Hull KR the club’s hopes of finishing in the top eight will rest on a good performance against the back and whites of Hull FC.
Head Coach John Kear said: “It’s been a tough week for the players.
“There were so many things that we needed to fix after last week that we had to prioritise and work on the elements that mean most.
“Hopefully we went to work on the aspects that failed us most last week.
“I felt so sorry for Wakefield fans last week and we need to address that issue.”
The Wildcats go into the game without Sam Obst who still hasn’t recovered from the ankle he injured in the 41-0 win at Crusaders.
And they will also be missing Danny Kirmond who injured his knee in the last few minutes of the match against Hull KR.
“Neither of them is fit to play this weekend but I’m expecting that they’ll be available for selection again for the game at Castleford Tigers.”
The red, white and blue lost 12-8 at the KC Stadium back on April 23. In those days, however, the wildcats’ aspirations were much higher.
Since them the team’s form has been erratic to say the least and the third 40-point defeat the Wildcats conceded at Belle Vue was the final straw.
Kear added: “That’s what makes this match so interesting. What will be the quality of the Wildcat reaction?
“We believe that the players want to step back up to the mark. We’ve worked hard with them this week but so much went wrong last week.
“Our tackling was woeful ands when that was put right we couldn’t control the ball. If we managed to get to grips with the ball our kicking game went to pieces.
“But this week we’ve got a great opportunity to get back on the horse. But it will be very difficult because Hull FC are a good side.
“Their position in the league table says that they are a capable side.
“This time they’ve managed to hold the line after losing Sean Long to injury. The previous time that Longy was injured the Hull FC form faltered but it hasn’t this time.”