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Brown expects Wolves to Bring the best out od Saints
2:11pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
SAINTS boss Nathan Brown is glad that high-flying Warrington Wolves are coming to town on Friday night, believing that this will bring the best out of his side ahead of the play-offs.
And he expects Warrington to bounce back after some off-colour displays in recent weeks, culminating in a shock home reverse at the hands of Widnes in their last outing.
Warrington have three veterans – Lee Briers, Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell – returning for the clash which is important in settling home play-off advantage for both teams.
A single point from their remaining two games should secure fifth or sixth spot and the home draw that goes with that in the sudden death knockout phase which Saints will be plunged into for the first time since 2004.
But Brown is focusing on performance rather than being fixated on the league table.
He said: “To try and keep improving is the key for us and what unfolds on the table will happen. We have won seven of our last eight games and that is the key.
“The next two weeks we face Warrington and Hull – two teams that have genuine chances.
“So over the next two weeks we will get a real good chance to learn where we are at and what we need to do to get better going into the play-offs and have success.
“It is much better having a tough run in, rather than playing teams that are not going to be in the play-offs.
“You can win games comfortably without having to do enough and have a care free attitude. Playing Warrington and Hull suits us, there will be a lot of meaning in the game.
“We had two tough games against Catalan and Wigan which were great – the opposition competed hard, and so did we, we got wins – and then we played sides that are not in the running for play offs and while we won both games we did not play near as well as we did in the other two games.
“To beat Warrington we are going to have to play better – but that is a better way to prepare for finals football.”
He expects Warrington, bolstered by the return of their old heads, to bounce back at Langtree Park.
“Warrington will have been disappointed with their last defeat – but the League Leaders Shield is not something that has interested them – you can tell by the way they have been picking their team for the past four or five weeks.
“They have got an ageing squad and are more interested in getting their players freshened up for a final tilt.
“They have already secured a top three finish – so they have picked their teams to make sure they are fresh for the last five or six weeks.
“I think you will see them pick a team for the remaining games that is as strong as they can field,” he said.