Saints Ready For Giants Trip

Justin Holbrook takes his side to Huddersfield this Friday knowing a win would inch them closer to the top four.

Three wins from four sees Saints looking up rather than down – and this Friday’s ‘game in hand’ at the John Smith’s Stadium is crucial.

“I’m really happy with how we have gone since I arrived,” he said. “We need to keep playing well and try to get that consistency. That is what the good sides are doing and we have to match that.

“It will be a tough game on Friday – they are coming off the back of two really strong wins and have hit form.

“We put ourselves under pressure in the first 20 minutes against Widnes and it was a positive sign that we kept turning them away. They have been dangerous in attack with having Rangi (Chase) in there.

“It was tough to see us come up with so many unforced errors, especially with our ball security, and that is part of the game we have to eliminate to give ourselves a chance.

“It was good that we kept turning them away but we cannot afford to continue to do that and put ourselves under pressure.”

He continued: “We know the importance of the game and I’m sure Huddersfield are thinking the same too. The fact we can get a bit closer to the leading group is an important one for us.

“We’ll also be a full strength too. The performance staff are going a great job at keeping us healthy.”

Jonny Lomax showed no ill effects of his first game back last Friday and Holbrook also expects the fullback’s future to be decided shortly.

“There’s no rush; he is comfortable here, is loyal to the club and the club has been loyal to him through some tough times,” he added. “That will all get sorted out in the next few days to next week. But from both parties we are more than happy for him to stay and he is more than happy to stay.

“Unfortunately, he has had some long term injuries but the club looked after him and he wants to look after the club. There is no reason to think any different.

“He is a committed trainer and a committed guy. I’m glad he showed some of his class against Widnes.

“We love Tommy Makinson and what he does. He charges the ball back and is a great runner. But Jonny has the skills of a half and that is what you want to come out of the back.”

Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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