Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar is confident his side are capable of turning recent narrow defeats into a crucial win at Warrington Wolves today (kick-off 3pm).
Three straight Super League losses, all by narrow margins, have left Wildcats three points adrift of the play-offs with just four games to go, starting at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Victory over high-flying Wolves would keep Wildcats’ top-eight hopes alive and Agar says his side are well capable of doing just that.
“I don’t think we’d approach any game and go into it and not think that we’ve got a chance,” he said.
“I don’t think we’re 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’re certainly not going there on the back of three narrow defeats thinking we’ve got a crisis. We’re thinking that we’re not too far away from getting that big win.”
Wakefield were edged out by play-off rivals Bradford Bulls last weekend and suffered narrow back-to-back losses against Leeds Rhinos before.
“I think frustrating is the word,” said Agar.
“We’ve seen for long periods of time we’ve been the stronger team against some quality opposition. It’s frustrating that we haven’t quite been able to fix it up to get to the level we need to be to bring the game home.
“It’s heaping too much pressure on us and pressure we don’t need to be under so a couple of areas, cutting the errors out and finishing our sets is really important for us.”
Agar has made three changes to his squad with Dean Collis (hamstring) and Justin Poore (knee) out injured, while Danny Cowling has been left out.
Matty Wildie has been recalled and there could be Super League starts for Bobbie Goulding, against his former club, and Liam Kay.
“We brought Liam in on the back of some excellent form at Doncaster and probably a turn around for him in his approach to the game,” commented Agar.
“He’s been playing well and training well for quite a long time so I thought it’d be a great opportunity, particularly on the back of last week and the position he plays, to bring him in and see how he goes at first grade level.
“For young Bob he’s been making some steady progress all year, again playing out on dual registration will give him that little bit more experience and we’ve said before the end of the year we’d like to see how he’d handle a Super League game if not a couple more, so it’ll be up to Bob if he gets an opportunity to see how he goes at this level.
“He’s a confident young kid and we feel that he’s improved over the course of the year.
“He’s certainly not by any means the finished article, he’s still got a way to go until we feel he’s in a position to make the spot his own, but at the same time you never know, sometimes people can get in that environment and thrive on the opportunity and the position they get put.
“Bob’s that type of kid who’s confident in his ability, he passes the ball really well, he’s got a great kicking game and it’ll be great to see how he goes at first-grade level.”
Agar hopes both Collis and Poore will be available for next week’s home game against St Helens.