Bateman’s chance to shake off that losing feeling

John Bateman in training for Warriors
John Bateman in training for Warriors

JOHN Bateman has stressed the importance of shaking off the ‘losing feeling’ before they tackle Hull FC tomorrow night.

The forward admits the Warriors have fallen well below their own standards, especially in last Friday’s 42-14 humbling by Castleford.

There’s been a lot of disappointment, but we’ve got to brush it off and not think about it now

John Bateman

But he doesn’t want the disappointment to manifest into nervousness when they run out at the DW Stadium looking for their first win in four matches.

He says the mood within the Wigan camp has switched from misery to anticipation as the week has progressed.

“There’s been a lot of disappointment, but we’ve got to brush it off and not think about it now,” the ex-Bradford star said.

“Last week was just one of those games, we weren’t all together and didn’t perform.

“There have been a few people talk about it.

“But for us, we need to get out on the pitch and sort it out.

“The more you think about it, the more it risks affecting you when you do play next.

“Right now, everyone’s excited about the chance to put a few wrongs right and show what we can do.

“If we do that, we’ll get the confidence and enjoyment back.”

Hull FC have won just one of their opening four Super League games but of the three losses, two were settled by one score and their most recent saw them ahead 12-0 at half-time, before Leeds roared back.

“They were doing alright last Thursday, they’ve got a decent set of players,” said Bateman. “But this week is mainly about us and getting our own performance right.

“We’ve not been on the boil for the last couple of weeks but looking at how we’ve trained, we’re getting back to looking like our old selves, and hopefully that comes across when we play.”

Shaun Wane has named an unchanged 19-man squad for Friday’s Super League clash with Hull FC. Joe Burgess and Ryan Sutton will be looking to return to the side after being axed from the final 17 which faced Castleford.

Warriors 19-man squad:

John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, James Greenwood, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Hull FC 19-man squad:

Abdull, Bowden, Ellis, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Lineham, Michaels, Minichiello, Paleaaesina, Pryce, Rankin, Sneyd, Talanoa, Thompson, Turgut, Watts, Westerman, Yeaman