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Wakefield v Wigan (Round 14)
As Wigan prepare to enter the last-chance saloon coach, Brian Noble has called for a big effort from his relegation-threatened side.
The Warriors go to Wakefield for a four-pointer on Saturday night knowing another defeat would leave them entrenched at the foot of the table at the halfway stage of the regular engage Super League season.
Wigan have been dogged by injuries and loss of form all year but Noble is not interested in sympathy, just results as their plight becomes more desperate.
?We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and start performing,? he said.
The Wildcats, who gained a 40-14 win over Wigan at Belle Vue last month, are looking to rekindle their play-off hopes with a fourth successive home win but know defeat could drag them back into the relegation dogfight.
?The Super League is that close,? admitted coach Tony Smith.
?I don?t think anyone in their right mind would have thought Wigan would be bottom halfway through the season but it?s proved that games aren?t won on paper.
?This time last week we were sat in seventh place, now we?re 10th. It?s frustrating at times but it?s how the game should be.
?The teams are getting closer and Huddersfield?s win over St Helens shows that anybody on their day can beat anybody. It?s good for the game.?
Wakefield are without goalkicking stand-off Jamie Rooney, who scored 20 points against Wigan in April, because of suspension but both teams will have a new face on view.
Wigan give a debut to 21-year-old back rower Danny Hill, signed this week from Hull, while former Castleford and Bradford prop Adam Watene makes his bow for the Wildcats after finally receiving his work permit.
?Adam has come from a really good working environment at Bradford,? said Smith. ?You can see that in him already.
?He was itching to play last week and he will bring enthusiasm to the team. He will also add competition for places and that?s where you get your consistency from.?
Wakefield v Wigan, The Atlantic Solutions Stadium, Saturday May 13 2006
Wakefield 18-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Whittle, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst , Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, Betham, White, Wrench, MacGillivray, Catic, Saxton, Atkins, Watene.
Wigan 18-man squad: Ashton, Dallas, Fletcher, Godwin, Goulding, Higham, Hill, Logan, Moran, McAvoy, O?Loughlin, Orr, Paleaaesina, Richards, Seu Seu, Tickle, Vaealiki, Hargreaves.