posted on 2 June 2013

Head coach Richard Agar says the Wildcats owe a performance to themselves after the last two weeks which has seen them fall to disappointing defeats against Hull KR and Castleford.

Richard Agar looks ahead to the game against Wigan.

An injury-hit Wakefield host Wigan this afternoon at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium (3.30pm) with Trinity looking to put smiles back on the red, white and blue faithful.

You can listen to the full pre-match press conference HERE but as a taster he discusses today’s fixture against Shaun Wane’s men.

“They’re the outstanding team in the competition at the minute with some of the most outstanding players so we know how hard it’s going to be but at the same time we know it’s one of those games we have to front up. We owe it to ourselves because we got no response last week after Hull KR.

“They’re all tough ones at the moment with the way we’ve gone the last few weeks. I suppose that’s the most disappointing thing, we thought and hoped we were coming into a productive period but our performances in the last few weeks has left us mightily disappointed.

“They are a pretty determined bunch and it’s important that we realise we’ve just got to keep working hard and it’s not for me to stand up in front of a group of players and say you’ve got to work harder because if I asked Danny Kirmond or Justin Poore can they work harder than the answer is probably not.

“There’s a lot of players that are working hard for the team but it’s about doing it collectively and at the moment it’s about focusing on a couple of really simple areas where we need to do a hell of a lot better. Our kicking game is one in particular that put us under massive amounts of pressure in the first  20 minutes last weekend, you can’t win a game in the first 20 but you can certainly lose it.”

Agar says his side needs to start competing in more areas while saying the spirit in the camp is still high.

“I’ve said it time and time again that we are a team that plain and simply we have got to work hard because we’re not that talented a team that we can go out there and win easily. Time is not right for trying to reinvent ourselves it’s just about working hard and focusing on a couple of areas that should ensure we have a lot more energy to compete in some of those areas.

“Every season is different and never at any stage have we been banking on going on a seven game winning run at the end of the year to catapult us to where we want to be.

“We’ve said all along that consistency is key for us and we felt the first half of the year we was playing consistent football but not getting over the line in a couple of games that we were perhaps unlucky.

“There’s no doubt we’ve hit a spot where we have a couple of injuries and our performances over the last two weeks have taken a dip and a significant one at that and that’s the challenge we face.

“It hasn’t dampened our spirit or enthusiasm, there’s no doubt it’s knocked us around a bit confidence wise. When you put in two performances like that has an effect but it’s how we rebuild that is what’s important. For us getting our performance right this week is most important and the wins will come off the back of that and getting our game right.”

Make sure you cheer on your team at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium this afternoon with adults prices £22 while juniors and concessions £12 available on the turnstiles.

Make sure you arrive early though and take in the Wildcats Fanzone which has all the usual attractions and a special appearance from Love Cake Love Me who will be selling their delicious cupcakes throughout the afternoon. You can also buy your merchandise while a bouncy castle is set to make an appearance along with balloon modelling.

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