JON Wilkin is backing the Saints to produce the goods when they take on Warrington Wolves tonight – and get the fans flocking to Widnes as a result.
The 27-year-old said the best way to get some momentum at the Club’s temporary home would be to turn in an entertaining performance.
“We are respectful of our fans and know what our duty is,” he explained. “We are an entertainment industry and there to please the fans. The best way for us to get some momentum at Widnes is to produce a good performance which will encourage the fans to turn up in bigger numbers.
“That is how we will make Widnes a tougher place for the visitors to come to this year. That will help get fans over from St Helens to fill the stadium and make it a noisy place”.
But Jon knows that Saints face a tough test of their credentials as title challengers when the Wolves come to town – past history or not.
“It is bizarre that the record is there, given how strong they are, but they have not yet found a performance,” he added. “We have shown resilience and a will to win. But the past is the past.
“Warrington are a team that can score points – with players like Lee Briers and Michael Monaghan who can punish you.
“David Solomona is a dangerous player who can hurt you quickly.
“We had a 15 minute lapse on Friday against Salford, but we cannot afford one minute against Wolves.
“They have proved against us in the past that they can score points – they are an attacking side and we will need a tougher mentality for 80 minutes.”
“On paper they have the best squad in the league – they have a lot of experience and top class players and Joel Monaghan and Brett Hodgson will enhance that.”
He continued: “It does not bother me that people are rightly talking about Wigan and Warrington because people have written us off for a couple of years now.
“It will all unfold as it does – when it gets to the big games we will hopefully be in as good a position as possible.
“If we concentrate on the week-to-week goals right then the bigger picture will unfold when it gets to the big games.”