Castleford Tigers’ head coach Daryl Powell maintains there can be no lethargy from his squad tomorrow or they will risk becoming Wakefield Trinity’s first Super League victims in more than three months.
Wakefield have lost a dozen successive league games, a run which led to James Webster quitting as Belle Vue chief recently.
With that in mind, Castleford are clearly favourites to prosper when they meet at Magic Weekend tomorrow.
But Powell insisted: “Somebody asked me will there be any complacency – well, we’ve lost our last three games, so we’ve nothing to be complacent about.
“We need to be flat out in this game, 100 mile an hour right from the start.
“When we get in arm-wrestles, we need to stay in them and win them.
“At the minute we stay in it for a while, then our arm begins to shake and we get slammed to the floor. We’ve got to be a little bit better than that.”
Castleford have slipped to seventh and are in danger of missing out on the play-offs unless they arrest their slump soon.
They lost 24-16 at home to Huddersfield Giants last week having been dumped out of the Challenge Cup at Hull FC and also being kept scoreless at Wigan.
Powell has more options, though, tomorrow with ex-England hooker Scott Moore back from a broken foot.
Ryan Boyle comes in for Ryan Bailey, the former Leeds Rhinos prop who serves a one-game ban, and Michael Channing and Junior Moors are also back in contention after being omitted lately.
Powell added: “We’ve got a few things we need to fix up.
“Ultimately it’s about us and performing well. If we do that, I don’t think it matters who we’re playing, we give ourselves a real good chance of winning the game.
“But we got done with three one-out carries near our line last week. That’s pretty disappointing. We can’t concede those real soft ones like that.”