posted on 7 March 2013

Wakefield second-rower Frankie Mariano has insisted the Wildcats will be doing all they can to make sure they return to winning ways at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday against Salford.

Frankie Mariano is aiming to get back to winning ways.

Richard Agar’s men have lost their last two Super League games, both extremely tight encounters which the squad believe they should have won.

That leaves Trinity with two wins from the opening five rounds as they head into Sunday’s 3.30pm kick-off against the City Reds who are without a permanent head coach after last week’s sacking of Phil Veivers.

The Lancashire club suffered a league double by the Wildcats in 2012 as Mariano scored a try in each victory. The former Hull KR man says they are not far away from returning to winning ways.

“We’ve been very close over the last two weeks but down to mistakes errors and lack of concentration at times cost us but we know we can fix it up. We aren’t miles away and we know we’ll get it right, starting from this weekend against Salford.

“The penalty count against us against Catalan was quite high and we did make those errors at vital points during the game so we know if we get them out of our game and we know we can score and we know we can defend so we’re looking forward to this week.

“We are under where we think we should in the table because there has been a couple of games we maybe and probably should have won but it’s a really long season and we know we’ll fix it up.

“It is easy to get stuck in a rut but I know for a fact we’re not like that. We are really confident and we’re looking forward to this game.

“Our structure is good, everybody knows what they are doing and everyone’s on board with it so we need to iron out those wrinkles and we’ll be fine.”

The Wildcats number 17 has played three of the opening five fixtures after returning against Catalan Dragons last week. He withdrew from the action early due to a knock to the head and he knows he has plenty of progression in him after his opening appearances of 2013.

“Personally I have a lot to work on and I know I have so I am focusing on that in training and doing my best to keep my spot in the team so I’m enjoying it.

“I talk to my half-backs and I know I can run a good line off them so once I get talking more and fix my defence up I will keep my shirt.”

The Reds fell to a resounding 38-4 home defeat to London Broncos last Friday which say Veivers sacked under 48 hours later as their new owner Dr. Koukash rings the changes at the Salford City Stadium. Mariano is expecting a backlash from the visitors with Alan Hunte taking temporary charge this weekend.

“I reckon it will do for them but all we are focusing on is our performance and how we play. We know if we focus right and get the game right we will win it.

“They’ve just sacked their coach and there’s nothing we can do about that, we have to concentrate on ourselves and getting the win. I’ve seen a little bit of Salford this season but we’ll get the video done on them and counter their strengths and hopefully get the two points.

“As long as we concentrate on ourselves and perform at our best with our systems in place we know we can beat anybody.”

“Our fans have been amazing and when you’re running in hard and you can hear the fans behind you at home. All we can ask for is for them to keep supporting the boys, lately they have been like an extra player on the field when they are behind us.”

Mariano is urging the supporters to continue to make the difference and you can save money by pre-purchasing your tickets for the clash against Salford on Sunday. Adults tickets are £20, concessions and juniors £12 while under 5’s are free. Adults tickets do increase by £2 on matchday.

You can buy your tickets online, from the Ridings Centre, Trinity Walk, Stadium Box Office or by calling 01924 211611 / 201548.

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