MARK Flanagan expects nothing less than a backlash tonight when Saints take on Castleford.
The 24-year-old was part of the side edged at Wakefield and he admits there is much to do.
“We reviewed the game on Monday and we didn’t play well,” he said. “We probably gave them too much ball and didn’t tackle well enough. When you score 32 points away from home you expect to win.
“We have taken a long hard look at ourselves and trained hard because everyone took the defeat personally. I expect a backlash.
“Castleford have been struggling but they are still a good side, with good players and aren’t a team we can take lightly.
“But it is important to concentrate on ourselves and each player focus on doing their individual jobs to get the result. It is more about looking in the mirror rather than what is in front of us.”
He continues: “We have three games to go and our destiny is in our own hands. We still want to finish as high as we can and we can still finish in third. We need to hit the playoffs with some form. It is that type of competition; if you hit form at the right time like Leeds did, anything can happen.
“It’s boring but we have to take each game as it comes and we can’t look too far ahead. We need to remember how poorly we played the week before and try and rectify it against Cas.”
Tickets are on sale for tonight’s match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. You can also use the cash turnstiles in the North and East Stands. Saints u20s take on their counterparts at 5.45pm with turnstiles opening at 5.30pm.