Higham: Confidence In Our Ability
Hooker Micky Higham put in a strong performance against St Helens last week despite the side losing in the first round of the play-offs.
With the Wolves' second chance coming up on Saturday against Hull FC he looks back at the performance last weekend.
"I thought that last weekend Saints were just a bit more clinical, a bit more ruthless than us and took their chances very well. A bit uncharacteristically for us we didn't take ours and we didn't create as much as we have done lately which was a bit disappointing. The effort was still there though and defensively we were pretty good; they had a couple of breakaway tries and if you keep coughing up possession against them it's going to take its toll.
"We were all bitterly disappointed after the game with our heads down in the changing rooms. We were told to dwell on it that night and Sunday but then go in Monday firing and we did that. We had a spring back in our step as you need to get over a loss pretty quickly; you can't dwell on games too much or else it will have a knock-on effect on the next game too. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways this weekend."
The side finished second after the regular season earning an extra chance in the play-off campaign, a chance well deserved after a consistent season.
"We've worked hard all year to get a top two position. We stayed around there all year having been consistent and obviously the advantage now is we get that second chance. It's probably come at a good time as we've had that kick up the backside we needed and there are no second chances now. We are pretty good at knock-out rugby, you just need to look at our Challenge Cup style with three wins from four, we do know how to win those big one-off games, we need to use a bit of that mentality going into what will hopefully be another three games."
There has been talk throughout the season of it being the Wolves year but Micky says that this external pressure doesn't have too much of an affect.
"We just need to have confidence in our own ability. The only pressure we feel is that which we put on ourselves as we don't take much notice of what other people say. Our pressure is just that we want to challenge for both of the trophies this year. We've got the squad and staff to do it, and the work ethic is there. I think the pressure we feel is off each other, wanting to play well for your mates and coaches."
This weekend's opposition at The Halliwell Jones Stadium are Hull FC, a side coming in off the back of a win over the Giants last week.
"I saw a bit of their game against Huddersfield and Hull have been strong in a few of their other recent games too. They've been racking up a few points and not conceding many either. They've hit a bit of form at the right time. They've got strike players all over the park and defensively, in particular, they are working as a unit. They are looking like the real deal, I think we'll have to be back to our best this week and hopefully we'll have the edge."
Supporters can make all the difference so the Wolves will need strong backing this Saturday.
"Hopefully they won't need to cheer us on to give us a lift they'll be cheering us on because we're playing well. It's a great crowd at Warrington as they'll get behind you if you are playing well but they can be pretty demanding too as they'll let you know if not (laughs). The support all year has been unbelievable and gets better every year. Hopefully it will spur us on a little bit more on Saturday."
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21, Sep, 2012