FORWARD Paul Johnson is eager to “get things right” when Wakefield Wildcats make the tough trip to Super League leaders Wigan Warriors tonight (kick-off 8pm). John Kear’s men have fallen to four heavy defeats on the spin ahead of the trip across the Pennines and the Warriors will be big favourites for victory ahead of the clash.
But former St Helens man Johnson is excited at the prospect of running out at the DW Stadium and going some way to making amends for recent performances.
“We can’t wait. We want to get back on the pitch,” he said.
“We’ve only had a quick turnaround this week to get things right but we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a tough game but we’ve just got to go there and try and get a result.
“We’re eager to get things right against because everybody is hurting a little bit.”
He continued: “There’s less pressure for us because it’s Wigan but on the other hand we’ve had a few bad results lately so we’re under a bit of pressure to do well too.”
Wakefield’s defence has been the main cause for concern in recent weeks and Johnson is hopeful Wildcats show signs of improvement against a freescoring Wigan attack.
“Wigan are a good attacking side so our defence is going to have to be on top,” he acknowledged.
“I’m sure if we put in a good performance the rest will take care of itself.
“Obviously round the middle they’ve got some good forwards and they get amongst you. We’re going to have to get on top of them.
They’ve got Sam Tomkins as well who’s a threat to anybody so we’ve got to look out for him as well.”
The 23-year-old has revealed that confidence has been low in the squad following recent set-backs.
But he’s confident Wildcats can finish the season strongly.
“All the lads are trying to keep the younger lads upbeat and they’re doing a good job of that,” he revealed.
“Training has been really good so I’m sure we can get things right and get a good performance and hopefully kick-on and get some good wins at the end of the season.
“We just need to take each game as it comes. We’ll be looking for a good performance against Wigan and then we have Crusaders and I’m sure we can get something there.”
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