KEIRON Cunningham says his side are excited to face Salford this Thursday evening.
Saints travel to the AJ Bell Stadium with the two teams separated by just two points on the Betfred Super League table.
Salford have played a game more but come into the clash following good wins over Castleford and Widnes.
“They are certainly going well and are in good form,” Cunningham said. “They are a well drilled side who are playing a little bit different to last year. Watto (Ian Watson) and Glees (Martin Gleeson) are doing a good job with them, they are playing with confidence and enjoying what they are doing.
“I always thought they would do well this year. Speaking to Glees you could see it was coming. They have a good conditioner, good coaches and players who want to play together. They will be a good test for us.
“We’ve put in two poor first half performances against two really willing sides (Leigh and Wakefield) and didn’t get the results we should have. But over the last three weeks I have been happy with the effort and application of the boys.
“Victories make a big difference to the atmosphere at the club and getting the points from a tough away trip to Catalans and from a dogged Warrington is just deserts for the players’ hard work.
“We played well against Hull too and deserved more but the players can see where they are heading. Their tough work in the last month is paying off. They are doing it with a smile on their faces, they are united and want to work hard for each other.”
He continued: “You’re expected to win here and there is no let up. We’re excited to go this Thursday and face a tough Salford side.”
Saints could welcome back Jonny Lomax this Thursday after he came through a tough session on Monday.
Matty Smith also showed no ill-effects of his first game back last Friday.
“Matty came through ok,” KC added. “He was a bit tired towards the end but got through fine. He was happy with his contribution on Friday and is excited and pleased about going back to one of his former clubs.
“Jonny isn’t far off. He got through training with us on Monday and we’re hopeful he will be with us.”
Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Free coach travel is available for all those who have bought a ticket for the match from the club.