SHAUN Wane predicts Salford will be in “for a torrid time” if his Wigan players hit their peak tonight.
The Warriors are still nursing the mental scars of last weekend’s 30-10 humbling by fierce Super League rivals Warrington.
Wane says they only reached “20 per cent” of their potential – and forecasts a backlash in this evening’s DW Stadium clash against the Reds.
Wane said: “I know 100 per cent that if we play anything like to our potential then we’ll win our last three games.
“It’s just the point of making sure we play like we’ve trained all week and sadly we didn’t do that last week against Warrington.
“If we do that this week, then Salford are in for a torrid time.
“We were absolutely miles off against Warrington.
“We didn’t show any sign of the quality that we’ve got and you can’t turn up in big games and do that. Warrington probably played as well as they can but we were way off.”
Warrington’s shock defeat at London last Friday night means the Warriors can open up a three-point lead at the top of the table with victory tonight.
And as well as being desperate to bag the two competition points, Wane wants his team to build some momentum as they charge towards the play-offs – and is using last week’s loss as motivation.
“I said after the game that match, they don’t want that feeling again,” he said.
“We want to have a good feeling at Old Trafford, we want to make sure we get there.
“We can’t put ourselves in the position were we’re completing our sets at 37% against anyone.
“You can’t do it at this level. There’s that much quality in Super League that you’ll just get burned and lose the game.
“The players are determined to make sure we start playing in finals and we start that against Salford – we’re treating it like we’re going into a final.”
Salford have lost their last four games to crash out of the play-off frame but Wane added: “They’re a quality team, they throw the ball around and they do test your defence.”