Betts wants Widnes to believe in victory

Widnes coach Denis Betts knows that his team is heading to a club with big ambitions, when the Vikings travel across to Salford on Thursday evening.

But Betts is confident that his players can play well and win at the AJ Bell Stadium, despite the scale of Salford’s ambitions.

“They’ve got expectations and aspirations to be in the top half of the table,” he said.

“They’ll see a home game against Widnes Vikings as a winning game for them.

“But we’ll go there with a different attitude. We know that we can perform, we know we can play well and we can know we can win there.”

Widnes are currently in fifth place in the Super League table, but have the same number of points, five, as Salford in eighth.

Betts is refusing to get too hung up on what the league table says at this early stage of the campaign, however.

“I think it’s easy at the moment to look at the league and get tied up in it,” he said.

“Everybody below us is either on five or four points. One win changes everything dramatically around us again this week.

“It’s nice not to be down that bottom half, but at this moment it’s a real false league.

“When you look above us, there’s only really St Helens and Leeds who are really stretching away.

“Outside of that, there’s another 10 teams whose positions can change in one or two weeks, or one or two losses.

“It’s what we wanted as a league, everything’s competitive, and everybody’s working hard to get those points week-in and week-out, and it’s keeping the league tight.”

Meanwhile, the Vikings coach is hoping that his side can manage the game a bit better this evening.

“Every single game this year, half time has been a bit of a turning point,” he said.

“We’ve only been behind in one game at half time, that was Wigan here, and we pulled through and got a draw.

“The game has either been six-all or we’ve been ahead. We’re sticking in the fight, we’re just using too much energy early on and not being smart enough in the second half against some very good sides.

“Hopefully we’ve learned those lessons over the first six rounds, and we can take that into this game against Salford on Thursday night.”

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