Cullens CommentTHE PRESS ARE PLAYING UP 'THE TOP SIX' ANGLE AFTER LAST WEEK'S WIN AGAINST WIDNES. DO YOU THINK THAT IT IS TOO SOON TO DISCUSS THIS CONSIDERING WE ARE ONLY ENTERING ROUND 9 OF A 28 ROUND COMPETITION?I'm very aware of the pressures that build on coaches and players a like, when you are continually in that bottom four slot as this club found out last year that the psychological damage that you incur when you are in that situation. It can have a disastrous effect on your form as you prepare for must win games. Our goal is simply to avoid that pressure in the early part of this season. There are a number of games to come yet before we raise our sites to that Top 6 challenge.WINNING AGAINST WIDNES LAID SOME GREMLINS TO REST I.E. THE FIRST WIN OVER WIDNES IN SUPER LEAGUE. WAS IT A SATISFYING WIN?The only satisfactions were two points in the bank, with a reduction in the point's deficit and no serious injuries. As a coach it is best to leave emotions to the supporters. THIS WEEK'S OPPOSITION HALIFAX'S FINANCIAL AND PLAYING DIFFICULTIES HAVE BEEN WELL-DOCUMENTED AND AT PRESENT THEY ARE ROOTED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TABLE. DOES THIS INFLUENCE YOUR PREPARATION?You always have to be wary of desperate sides, Halifax like Wakefield have become accustomed to fighting for their lives if any of our players are dishonest in their preparation they will be found out and punished. Halifax are waiting for someone to take their eye off the ball and we have to make sure that it's not us.
08, May, 2003