posted on 10 April 2014

Chris Riley is confident the Wildcats squad has the ability to overcome a couple of poor results.

On loan winger, Chris Riley, is confident in the ability of the Wildcats squad to overcome a couple of poor results.

Leeds Rhinos will once again provide the opposition on Friday night, just five days after knocking Trinity out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup in emphatic style at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Riley wasn’t part of that side as he returned to Warrington but after renewing his loan deal at the club he is looking to putting things right from two below par showings for the squad.

“The lads are sticking together and after a performance like that a lot of people are going to criticise you; fans, media, friends and obviously yourself. It’s a tough place to be when you’re on the good side of a hiding like that.

“We wanted to stick together and we’ve done that this week and gave each other a good old bashing in training and got the attitude sorted.

“We need to prove a lot of people wrong. The attitude is going to be there and we’re going to go there to try and upset them, get the two points and improve on what’s just gone. I don’t think we can put out a worse performance than what we did last weekend and I’ve got confidence in the team we’ve got here.

“When you look at it on paper there’s a lot of experienced players in there and I think we need to start improving on results. There’s no better place to do that than Leeds away.”

The Rhinos showed what they are capable of when the opposition is not at their best last Sunday, racking up 60 points and making for a long afternoon for the Wakefield fans.

Riley is under no illusions as to the size of task at hand but insists it is up to the players to prove the doubters wrong after just two weeks ago coming off the back of two big wins and pushing the unbeaten Saints close.

“It’s a really tough place to visit,” said Riley of Headingley Carnegie.

“I’ve only been there with Warrington before and even then it’s a tough place to go. They’ve proved over the years that they’re a great side, particularly at home. If we can restore a lot of pride out of the game that’s the main thing but obviously we want the two points as well.

“We need to get the fans back on our side. I’ve heard fans were walking off from the game at the weekend which is disappointing to hear because they mean a lot to us and we don’t want that. It’s about us proving people wrong and getting the fans back on board again.

“I was disappointed with the game I was involved in at Hull KR. I was part of Catalans at home and London away, then we certainly had a chance to beat Saints at home. I thought we’d have gone well against Hull KR but turned up and gave a poor performance. I do believe we’ve got a good squad here and it’s just about gelling and having a bit of time to do that.”

You can listen to Riley’s match preview on our Audioboo channel by clicking HERE.


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