Adapt And Improve

NATHAN Brown was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Bradford on Saturday but knows more improvement is required.

Jonny Lomax scored a hat-trick in the win at Odsal from an unfamiliar position of full back – and Jon Wilkin also played in the halves.

“It seemed to work ok,” Brown said. “It helped our team and we were happy to get the win. Wilko is an experienced player who controls the play well, is a good talker and can kick well. You can’t underestimate how important a player like that is to your team.

“Jonny Lomax did well too. It is a different responsibility; full back is a tough position in many different reasons to half back. Modern day full backs are athletic, can catch, pass and kick, and with Lance Hohaia and Paul Wellens injured it made sense to put him there.

“I’ve got my feelings where he is best suited, but it is what best suits the team at the moment. Wello is an important player for the club though in the way he competes hard and displays his leadership. When everyone is fit then I will have to see what our best side is.”

Another move saw Gary Wheeler come into the halves for his first appearance of the season.

“Wheeler has trained really well for last month and did well at Rochdale,” he added. “He earned a chance through doing the right things and he was pretty confident. Gary Wheeler on the field is a real threat, he is an exciting player.

“I don’t think any coach has ever doubted his talent and hopefully for his sake he can get some flow in his game.”

Saints head into Friday’s match in fifth spot looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four.

“It’s always exciting playing Leeds,” Brown said, “it was the same when I was at Huddersfield as they are generally the champions from the year before. Everyone wants to play them and play well don’t they? Brian Mac does a great job and he has lots of really experienced players who have been good for a long period of time. People get excited to play Leeds as everyone wants to beat them.”

Tickets for Friday’s match between Saints and Leeds at Langtree Park are now on sale.

You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. There will also be turnstiles open on the day.

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