posted on 10 August 2013

Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton says the team are determined to respond and give there all this week following last Sunday’s disappointing 26-24 defeat to Bradford.

Paul Aiton says the Wildcats must show a response to the disappointment of recent weeks.

The result was the third game in a row where Trinity have put in a valiant effort but still fallen to a narrow defeat and the squad must now pick themselves up for a difficult away trip to Warrington.

The Papua New Guinea captain says the defeats have tested the team severely but believes they have responded in the right manner and now can’t wait for the tomorrow’s crucial match.

“The biggest thing with narrow defeats is mentally they just leave you feeling a bit drained, but we have been training hard and haven’t backed off.

“Straight after the game we were pretty down but we’ve licked our wounds and turned it around and now everyone is just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Opponents’ Warrington currently sit third in the Super League table and still have a chance of picking up the League Leader’s Shield so will be equally determined to pick up the two points.

When the sides met earlier in the season Warrington won a nail biter 41-34 and the Wildcats number nine believes if they are to prevail this time they need to cut out silly mistakes.

“We need to improve our possession and how we turn the ball over. We don’t give ourselves a chance really with the bad errors and the penalties which really helps the opposition out, so if we knock that out then we can compete against anyone.

“The enthusiasm and effort is there, it’s just the silly things like the lack of concentration in certain areas, if we can fix that up and take that into tomorrow we should be okay.”

On a personal note Aiton has had a fantastic season both in attack and defence causing opponents problems with his direct running while also sitting third in the competition’s top tackle chart.

The 27-year-old has been one of Wakefield’s star performers this season and he says that consistency is the key to his game and that he wants to continue to impress for the rest of the season.

“I keep trying to improve every game and want to be consistent because I think that’s what you have got to be in a competition and as a team that’s what we’ve got to strive for as well. For me I just want to be consistent and continue playing well for Wakefield.”

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