‘Desperate’ Saints leave Potter worried about Odsal backlash

Bradford coach Mick Potter has warned his Bulls team to be wary of a ‘desperate’ St Helens team when the teams meet at Odsal tonight.

The Saints have not won any of their last four games, three defeats and a draw, to leave them off the pace at the top of Super League.

Missing playmaker James Roby, the Saints have been tagged unpredictable but Potter is wary of the threat his former club pose.

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“I am not sure if unpredictable is the word. I think desperate is probably the word,” said Potter.

“They are desperate to win a game and they will want to show that they are a team that can make another Grand Final and a team that can win more than they lose. They are low in confidence and that makes them more dangerous against us this week.

“They’ll be at their best and we’ll have to account for them in that mode. It’s my job to worry and I am worried about the repercussions of what they’ve got in them and we’ve covered all bases in our preview of this game. It should make for a good game.”

Potter is hoping the Bulls can end a strange set of results in Super League. They have lost all three Odsal games, but won their three away matches, including last week’s impressive triumph at Hull KR.

“We are desperate to get our first home win,” said Potter. “We want to win every game we play but the players want to give the fans something to cheer about at Odsal.

“We are heading in the right direction and we are going to do our best at the weekend.”

Both Olivier Elima and Adrian Purtell are named in the Bulls 19-man squad, along with Paul Sykes. They replace Shaun Ainscough, Jarrod Sammut, who is suspended and Nick Scruton (shoulder).

Tomorrow, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats travel to Warrington Wolves, who will be without suspended hooker Mickey Higham, after he picked up a two-game ban for a high tackle at Leeds.