Langley’s return is sure to aid search for atonement

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BRADFORD Bulls coach Mick Potter admits his embarrassed squad have to respond immediately against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats tomorrow.

They have endured more than a fortnight deliberating over the debacle of a 54-0 loss at St Helens, unable to put things right.

The international break meant Bradford were denied the chance to start atoning but Potter insists that will be the case at Odsal.

After an awful start to the season, his squad had developed a reputation as being one of the tougher teams to break down and that has been threatened by the misery suffered at Langtree Park.

Potter has challenged his squad to reassert themselves against a Wakefield side who have shown their own potency of late.

“They took Leeds to the wire on Monday scoring 40 points,” he said. “Wakefield have some great players who come up with some good plays.

“Tim Smith pushes them around the park, Richie Mathers at full-back is playing well and they have some good centres that test you round the edges.

“We know we were very poor at Saints but this break has allowed us to work on some things.

“Defensively, we have had a big week and now we’d like to make amends for what happened.”

Bradford’s resilience will be improved vastly by the return from injury of ex-England loose-forward Jamie Langley, who always shores up their middle so strongly.

Potter added: “It would have been nice to back up the next week and show we are a bit better than what we showed at Saints.

“But we have had to wait a couple of weeks and now we have that chance.

“It’s good that it’s at Odsal. It’s a pretty important game for us.”

Bradford must win to keep the pressure on Leeds, who usurped them in the chase for the final play-off spot with that 44-40 win over Wakefield.

However, if they fall into administration next week – as is the fear – they could lose six points which would obliterate any chance of making the top eight for the first time in four years.

Potter and his players, though, cannot worry themselves with those concerns and must simply concentrate on what happens on the pitch.

“We’ve done our homework on Wakefield – they were unlucky not to come up with the win at Headingley – but now we just want to get out there and perform,” he said.