Cullen CommentPaul Cullen looks at the close victory over Widnes on Sunday and the current league position as the Wolves head to the JJB on Saturday.A CLOSE WIN ON SUNDAY, WHAT WAS YOUR VIEW OF THE PERFORMANCE?One where, our ability to absorb the negatives that are thrown at you during a game, was tested to the max. We withstood injuries to both ¢ backs; three contentious Widnes tries and accepted none of these issues as a reason not to win this game.WIDNES IT WOULD APPEAR, ARE GOING TO STRUGGLE TO GET THEMSELVES OUT OF THE RELEGATION ZONE THIS SEASON. WILL YOU MISS THE DERBIES?I thought that the effort of a number of the Widnes forwards was one that should give them enough confidence to fight themselves out of the situation they have got themselves into.Terry OÆConner, Mick Cassidy, big Julien OÆNeil, Mark Smith and David Mills took the game to us in a very positive fashion and there offload game proved very difficult to control.I hope they survive, what we have re-created in this fixture can not be manufactured elsewhere.HOW IS LEE BRIERS AFTER THE MATCH, HE SEEMED TO BE STRUGGLING EARLIER ON?He was and also later on! The medical opinion going into the game was that his training injury did not have 80 minutes in it. The medical opinion at ¢ time was that it had 10 minutes left. We chose the latter, the rest, as they say...LOOKING AHEAD TO WIGAN ON SATURDAY NIGHT, WHAT KIND OF GAME ARE YOU EXPECTING WITH THEIR RECENT PERFORMANCES?They have played away from the JJB for 3 consecutive games, Leeds, St Helens and Leigh and will not want to disappoint their home supporters any more than they already have.We are fully aware of the very proud record that they have in Wigan and realise that they will enhance their efforts not to lose this one.We are expecting a very committed and aggressive performance from their pack to allow their halves the time and space to show their undoubted talents.DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THAT THE WOLVES WOULD BE IN 3RD PLACE AT THIS STAGE IN THE SEASON?Our general pre-season goal was to make the six and we spoke about the last time our club won a (Major). It was in 1974 and we only had one player that was actually born when this was achieved.We have created a culture of attempting to emulate the Team of 74 and in doing so have had to challenge ourselves to go further than most of our current players have ever been.Our two games against St Helens are a true signal of where we are at and our confidence grows with every game in preparation of our third!Leeds have the edge on us at the moment, but we have proven so far that the table does not lie.WITH THE RE-SIGNINGS AND SIGNINGS OVER THE RECENT WEEKS SPECULATION IN THE MEDIA HAS BEEN GOING WILD CONNECTING THE CLUB TO MANY AVAILABLE PLAYERS. IN PARTICULAR STUART REARDON, ANY COMMENT?My standard answer is not to make any comment on any player that we have not signed.THE HEADLINES IN THE LEAGUE EXPRESS READ "SULLIVAN TO REPLACE WOOD AT HALFBACK". CAN WE TAKE IT THEN THAT NATHAN HAS BEEN TOLD THAT HIS SERVICES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED NEXT SEASON?My dealings with Nathan have always been honest, up front and professional.WHAT IS THE CURRENT INJURY LIST FOR THE WOLVES?We donÆt have one apart from minor bumps and bruises. All 25 players have been named in the relevant squads for this weekend.
07, Jul, 2005