WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats full-back Richard Mathers is expecting Huddersfield Giants to produce a reaction to a turbulent week when the two sides meet at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow, Sunday.
Giants parted company with coach Nathan Brown following their defeat in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-finals last weekend and new boss Paul Anderson will be looking for his team to halt a slide in their Stobart Super League XVII form.
And Mathers believes that the Wildcats will need to be wary of the effect Anderson's arrival will bring.
Mathers said: "[Giants] are struggling for whatever reason at the minute with a bit of inconsistency and they have had a disrupted week and turmoil in changing the coach.
"But sometimes, as we have seen across all sports, when a new coach comes in the following performance is a big one to impress him and I am sure that’s what we are expecting.
"Huddersfield will want to impress Paul Anderson and also to put a few wrongs right, especially after losing in the Challenge Cup semi-final, so we are certainly expecting a reaction on Sunday."
Trinity have been stunned by the loss of hooker Paul Aiton, who is out for up to eight weeks after he was assaulted and robbed in Spain last week.
Mathers said: "It’s a massive blow. He is been arguably in our top two or three players all season.
"He has played big minutes every week and I don’t think he has got the plaudits outside the club as much as we have inside the club.
"I can’t think of a player I have played with for a long time as tough as Paul so it’s a massive blow.
"He is going to leave a big void but that presents an opportunity for someone else to step in.
"We have had Andy Ellis playing really well on loan at Featherstone and that’s an opportunity for him should he be recalled.
"Kyle Wood has played well for us off the bench and then we have a couple of young lads in the U20s so there are probably three or four options for Richard [Agar] to use as he sees fit."
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