PAUL Clough believes Saints must use their jaw-dropping 22-10 victory over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium as a yardstick for future displays.
Saints erased memories of an erratic start to the season by brushing past a side many pundits tipped as title favourite. And the consumate manner of the victory has convinced Clough the hard work on the training field is finally paying off.
“Everything is now slowly coming together following an indifferent start to the season,” said Clough.
“But inside as a team and organisation we knew this would be the case and the win at Warrington didn’t come as shock to the players.”
The 25-year-old said: “We have now set our benchmark by the performance at Warrington and we certainly can’t go out against Wakefield at Langtree Park on Friday and fall short of that standard.
“That’s the minimum level we should be looking at and even bettering it in the weeks ahead.” Saints are still seeking their first home win of the season after two defeats and a draw and it is a trend they need to buck sooner rather than later.
“Our home record so far this year is obviously not as good as we would have liked and if we are to achieve anything we need to turn Langtree Park into a fortress like we did at Knowsley Road,” said Clough.
“Hopefully, we can put down a marker by beating Wakefield which will be a warning to other clubs that ‘this is what you face when you come here’.”
But Clough is not counting his chickens before they hatch and fully aware that the Wildcats can beat anyone on a given day.
“Like ourselves, they have had their ups and downs this season and will look at our home record and think they can put one or two things right,” he said.
“I don’t think they will lie down easily and we certainly can’t under-estimate them in any shape or form.”