WILDCATS WON’T GIVE UP PLAY-OFF HOPES WITHOUT A FIGHT, SAYS AGAR

posted on 9 August 2013

Head coach Richard Agar says his Wakefield team lack no self-belief and they will go out and attack Warrington in Saturday’s clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Richard Agar conceded the Wildcats face an uphill battle to make the play-offs but says they won't go down without a fight.

Trinity currently sit 10th in the table and will hoping a good result against the Wolves can kick-start a run of form similar to that of last season as they chase that final play-off place.

However, Warrington have won their last eight Super League games and the Wildcats boss says the only way to overcome them is to be positive and attack from the kick-off.

“We don’t approach any game thinking we haven’t got a chance, we’re not that type of team. We always attack every game that we have and we know that if we can match them in certain areas we feel we’ve got a team that can trouble any team in the competition.

“We know Warrington are a team that given the right amount of possession, with the attacking players that they have got, can pose points really quickly particularly when they get momentum in the middle of the field.”

Three narrow losses in recent weeks have seen Wakefield slip away from the top eight and with four games to go they sit three points behind Hull FC who currently occupy that final play-off spot.

Agar says that the team really only have themselves to blame for handing the opposition the ascendancy with unnecessary mistakes which has led to the squandering of winning positions.

“We have had three extremely tight games, the first game at Leeds we were beaten by the better side but we look at our last two performances and think they are games that have got away from us and games that we were in commanding positions.

“We’ve been in the situation in those games that we could have quite easily brought the game home but we feel it’s more our own mistakes that have let the game slip or invited the opposition into them.”

The head coach also revealed that injuries rule out centre Dean Collis and prop Justin Poore for today’s trip with both expected to return next week.

This may pave the way for young Wildcats Liam Kay and Bobbie Goulding to make their first team debuts in Cheshire after spending most of the season on dual-registration at Doncaster.

“Dean Collis and Justin Poore aren’t fit, Justin has got a swollen knee that’s going to require a week’s rest and Dean is still struggling with a niggling hamstring injury.

“We thought we would put Liam Kay in our squad this week, Liam’s form has been quite outstanding for a number of weeks at Doncaster. On the back of last week where we felt our right edge didn’t really come up with some great plays so there will probably be some positional changes there.

“As for Bobby we said before the end of the year we would like to see how he handled a Super League game, so it will be up to Bob if he gets an opportunity to see how he goes at this level.”

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