Wildcats head coach Richard Agar takes his team to the Salford City Stadium tomorrow evening for the first time and admits it is a must win game.
Wakefield have struggled over the last month and lost their last four games despite the much improved performance against Wigan last weekend.
That has seen Trinity drift five points away from the play-off positions leading into the round 18 with a game in hand over Leeds Rhinos which will take place in July with the clash with Salford proving a crucial one.
The Wildcats boss has been speaking to the press ahead of the Monday night fixture and you can listen to his preview of the game HERE.
As a taster to what Agar has to say he admits the game over the Pennines is a must win.
“I think so, it’s turned that way over the last month, we’ve put ourselves in a position where this comes a very, very vital game and at the moment it’s the most important game we’ve had this season and we are treating it that way.
“We have a desperate bunch of players and last week has given us some food for thought, we had some real good performances from some of our younger guys, notably Matty Wildie because I thought he was outstanding to say he’s had such limited amount of football this year.
“We have still got one or two injury problems and we’re not going to be picking from a full strength squad this week. Everybody will come into contention and there’s some guys in there that are down on form at the moment so a positive to come out of last week was the effort and the desire we showed.
“We spoke a number of weeks ago about us needing our squad men to start pushing people forward and forcing our hand and I think we got that on Sunday.”
The City Reds will draw level with the red, white and blues if they manage to gain victory and Agar says they are a team that are improving.
“Watching Salford over the last four, five or six week’s I’ve seen some improvements in there and defensively they look organised and controlling tackles. They are carrying the ball hard, playing some high percentages and kicking and chasing well.
“They are a team that are in and around the lower reaches but I wouldn’t say they lack confidence. They probably lack the strike of some of the teams in the top half of the table but they’ve turned their side into a very honest team and one that’s determined to finish off their season as strong as they possibly can.”
Wakefield lay in 10th position of the Super League ladder and Agar hopes a good week of training will stand them in good stead.
“The longer turn around certainly gives us no excuses in terms of preparation and we will be fully prepared and fully energised but we have got some question marks like with Andy Raleigh and one or two players so I’m hoping the longer turnaround helps us with us being on Monday night for the first time this year.”
Make sure you are at the Salford City Stadium tomorrow evening with today (Sunday) being your last day to pre-purchase tickets before they are taken off sale. The Wildcats do receive 10% of all tickets bought in advance of away fixtures with adults tickets £20, concessions £15 and juniors £10.
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