Cullens CommentLooking forward to this weekends battle with close neighbours Widnes Vikings Coach Paul Cullen tells it like it is.MANY FANS RECKON THE BATTLE FOR THE SIXTH PLAY-OFF POSITION IS BETWEEN WARRINGTON AND WIDNES. HOW DO YOU SEE IT?At some stage you have to lift your head up and see how far you might get as a club and I see this game as the fight for the middle order. Realistically you have the top four and our general fight is for the places between five and 12. I think both Widnes and ourselves have got six well-earned points - we are a club on the rebuild and have taken what we deserve from matches so far this season.ARGUABLY THE BEST PERFORMANCE CAME IN THE LAST HOUR AT BRADFORD, AFTER BEING OVER-RUN IN THE EARLY STAGES. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE THE TEAM IS PROGRESSING?That Bradford match could have been a defining moment in our season. We had no ball in the first 15 minutes, they ran away from us and the only call was for the players to hold their nerve. You have to take something from every defeat, but it was easy to take a lot from that one. It was a similar story at St Helens. Not many teams would have competed with them in that form and at one stage our whole season could have run away from us. But we fought back manfully, losing 12 points in the last two minutes was very cruel, and we could take a lot from that as well.THERE DOES SEEM TO BE A BETTER SPIRIT AT THE CLUB THIS YEAR. HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENCE IN ATTITUDE SINCE YOU TOOK OVER?When I arrived the club was in a downward spiral, but that is definitely not the case now. There is a progressive atmosphere here, and hopefully we can keep it going in our next matches, against Widnes and Halifax, which are must-win games.LEE BRIERS IS BACK IN THE SIDE THIS WEEK. HOW MUCH OF A BONUS IS THAT FOR THE WOLVES?Having Lee available adds to the confidence right through the week, not just on match day. His ability as a big game player and a matchwinner is well known, as he showed against Wakefield when he wasn't fully fit. He played a vital part in getting two points for us, and is a crucial part of the side.
01, May, 2003