Widnes host Hull FC on Sunday aiming to pull off one of the biggest shocks of the Super League season.
Second-placed Hull are full of confidence after three wins in a row, while Widnes remain rooted to the foot of the table with just five points to their name.
Assistant Coach Brett Hodgson admits the Vikings face a difficult test, but says the team are capable of springing a surprise.
“They’ve been going well – they’re a good team and I thought they were excellent against Warrington at the weekend,” Hodgson told the club’s official website.
“They’ve got very good quality players all over the park and although they’re missing a couple they’ll just fill that with someone of the same quality.
“Whoever they put out on the field it’s going be a very difficult night, but one which this team will prepare well for and see how we go.
“We’ll have a look at them during the week and see how to prepare best, but they’re not unbeatable by no means.”
Widnes have been hit hard by injuries this season, but with the likes of Eamon O’Caroll and Hep Cahill getting some game time under their belts at Salford last weekend Hodgson believes the club can battle their way off the bottom of the standings.
“Eamon came back after a long period of time out and I thought his energy and intensity at the weekend was excellent – he’ll be a week better off after that.
“Alex Gerrard is coming into some form, Hep came back on the weekend, so we’ve got some forwards now that are putting their hands up to provide competition in those places.
“It would be ideal to have everyone fit, but the nature of the competition is that you’re just never going to have that.
“We’ll keep fighting hard and seeing how many boys can come back into the team.”