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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear admits his side cannot afford to let the momentum slip as they prepare for the crucial visit of Catalans Dragons.
The Wildcats are now two points behind the Warriors and are above only Catalans in the table, but the French side are immune from relegation in their first three seasons.
Kear, who oversaw victory over Castleford Tigers in his first game in charge last week, now has just five matches remaining to engineer the club?s survival.
The former Hull FC coach said: "I think throughout the season, Wakefield have put in the odd good performance and got a result, only to suffer a backlash afterwards where they've let themselves down with their mental preparation.
"It's up to us to be spot on and carry on from last week and maintain our standards to ensure the correct outcome."
The Wildcats had been hoping for a favour from the third-placed Rhinos at Headingley but Kear knows he can only affect his own side?s results.
"We need to play ourselves out of trouble and not focus on what is happening with other teams," he added in the Wakefield Express.
Wakefield are not helped for the clash at Belle Vue by the loss of forwards Monty Betham and Ned Catic through suspension. Both were sent off against the Tigers last week and have been suspended for two and three games respectively.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst , Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, White, Wrench, Rooney, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, Applegarth, Saxton, Atkins, Watene, Evans.
Catalans Dragons 20-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Bosc, Chan, Fakir, Fellous, Griffi, Guigue, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jampy, Jones, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Sadaoui, Teixido, Verges, Wilson, Guisset.