AGAR CALLS ON WILDCATS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM

posted on 12 August 2012

Richard Agar has called on the Wildcats to maintain the momentum they have created as they put themselves in with a real shout of making the play-offs after beating St. Helens.

Richard Agar says the play-offs are a real possibility for the Wildcats.

A Paul Sykes drop-goal in the final thirty seconds of the game to earn an unforgettable 33-32 win over Saints and put the Wildcats within a point of the top eight.

With a trip to eighth place Hull KR next week, Agar has said his players need to make sure their hard work in recent weeks doesn’t go to waste.

“From the point where we started, if you said that with three games to go we’re going to be challenging for a play-off spot, I think Garry Schofield went on record saying he would run around naked.

“On a serious note, I think the important think we’ve said to the players in there is not to let our hard work slip.  It took us a while to get going and we were working extremely hard.  It was blatant to see the spirit that exists within the squad and we don’t want that hard work to go to waste.

“Next week is our biggest game of the season, undoubtedly.  If we can get a performance at Hull KR then it would throw the cat amongst the pigeons for play-off spots.  I want the players to enjoy the moment because beating Saints is a huge achievement, but I want us to regain our focus and not let this momentum slip.

“I think we’re playing with confidence.  I don’t think that has been a question mark for us over the second half of the season.  Even when we’ve lost games we’ve turned up the next week ready to goand ready to get on the front foot and attack.

“It’ll be the same this week.  Confidence won’t be an issue, it’ll be about making sure our preparation and focus is right, taking what we’ve got and going a bit further.

“I don’t study the table or other teams fixtures but I do know that where we are on points now then if we can get a result at Hull KR next week then momentum is with us an we’ve put ourselves in a real shout of it.

“That’s probably the first time I’ve openly admitted it and really believed it.  We’re in the mix for sure.”

On the win Agar added:  “It was pretty frantic and I think my head is still in a bit of a spin about how it all finished.  Obviously I’m delighted with four wins on the trot when we’ve played derby games and against top eight sides as well.

“Today was a tremendous example of how our boys have courage and belief when at one point it looked like it was going to slip away from us.

“I probably need to sit down and look at the tape and see how we’ve played.  We’ve said a number of times and we’ve got some good wins throughout the year.

It was an afternoon of good news for the Wildcats, with the announcement at half-time that Paul Aiton has extended his stay at the club, with a contract seeing him through to the end of 2015.

Agar was delighted to see the Papua New Guinea man be rewarded for his form.

“Paul’s a quality player and if anyone has given us value for money this year it’s probably him and Tim Smith, both in vital positions.

“We’ve got him longer term and rewarded him for the faith he showed in coming to us on the deal that he came on.  He’s got an upgrade and is with us longer term.

“It’s another indication that the players are in an environment that they’re really enjoying at the moment.”

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