When the Wildcats face Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday the uppermost thought in Head Coach John Kear’s mind – the quality of Wakefield’s performance.
He was speaking as the final stages of the preparation for the Round 24 game were being completed and mindful of that fact that the side have lost their last two games by conceding big scores.
“For the moment we’ll have to forget about whether we qualify for the top eight or not,” said Kear. “It’s about whether we play well or not in this game.
“We’ve been very lucky in as much that other clubs in the same region of the table as us have also had defeats or suffered shock reverses and sometimes in this sport you have to ride on the back of such fortune.
“But Huddersfield Giants are playing well at the moment and we’ll have to be on our best form to stand any chance of competing with them.”
Kear added: “Our form in recent weeks has not been good. There’s no disguising that and no matter which set of players we select for this game what I’m looking for is a consistent, competitive performance.
“We’ve got a few injury worries but I’m not so concerned about them.
“Losing players for periods of a season; having players leave the club and introducing others to the squad is part and parcel of being in professional sport.
“What concerns us most is how the team we put out for any match performs.
“There’s been a great deal of hard work and soul-searching going on at this club during the last week and both the players and the coaches have been very frank with themselves.
“Whether we’ve struck the right note will become obvious on Sunday when we face the Giants and we’re going to the Galpharm Stadium focussed on playing well.
“If we get that right then the other aspects like winning matches will follow.”
Halfback Sam Obst suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury against St Helens and must be rated as doubtful to play against Huddersfield. So too is stand-off Paul Cooke who picked up a knee injury in the game.
Better news for the Wildcats is that Paul Johnson and Matt Blaymire are both fit again after missing the Saints game and in the running for inclusion in the side at Huddersfield .