Warrington Head Coach Tony Smith admits it hasn’t been the best start to the season for the Wolves.
Speaking about Saturday’s game against Salford Smith said: “Last week we didn’t take opportunities that presented itself and Salford did and they deserved the win.
“We came up with 10 missed tackles – I haven’t coached a team only missed 10 tackles and still got beat before, but it shows how tight the competition is and can be.”
Looking ahead to Thursday night’s game against Wigan, Smith said he hoped it would kick start a better run of results but believes they are not far away from matching the Warriors.
“They’re grafting games out as well – they’re under the pump with some injuries but they’re finding a way to get over the line,” added Smith.
“They haven’t been at their absolute best even though they are getting the results. Thats where the competition is at the moment and I’d say that Castleford have probably looked the most impressive.”
Smith said he was unconcerned that Thursday’s game would be played under floodlights, and facing the Warriors was a special occasion whatever the time of day.
“Whether those lights are on it does create atmosphere and sense of a big game, but it always is against Wigan,” he said.
“They are well supported – they have a good travelling support and we’ll have a good crowd there. People create the atmosphere – the players can’t help but be affected by that in a positive way, it brings out the best in both teams so it should be great.”