Wello’s World - Players need to respond positively

Saints Player Jon Wilkin
Saints Player Jon Wilkin

WE have now had a few days to digest the disappointment of losing the Challenge Cup semi final, losing important games is never easy to take, especially when we have invested so much effort into trying to perform the best you can. Despite losing, I thought that we gave a really good account of ourselves and if we could have converted our first-half dominance into points, it could have been a completely different outcome.

We were probably guilty of playing too laterally in attack and although Wigan were defending well, we were not patient enough in waiting for the right opportunity to attack their edges.

It showed in the second-half, that when we play more directly off the back of James Roby’s incisive running game we create better opportunities with more time and space to put on effective plays.

It is now up to us to respond from this disappointment in the right manner. It would be all too easy to make excuses and feel sorry for ourselves, but this is not the St Helens way.

We have a great team spirit and I know the lads will be giving their all to finish the season strongly.

We have a great chance to return to winning ways when we face Huddersfield Giants at the Stobart Stadium on Friday night.

There is only one point separating us in the League standings, which suggests that there is very little between the two teams.

We were beaten by them in the away fixture back in May, so we know that they are a good side with a lot of quality players.

We look forward to the challenge, and a victory would go a long way to cementing a place in the top four for the end of season play-offs.

n DESPITE the defeat at the weekend, I did get the chance to take in the Wembley atmosphere as a spectator for the Community shield football game between Man City and Man Utd.

The last time I had been to the National stadium as a supporter was the 1997 Challenge cup final against Bradford Bulls at the old Wembley.

This time, I unfortunately had to do without my Pimbletts Pie Wembley pack. Being a City fan, I didn’t get the right result, going down 3-2 to a last minute winner, made all the worse by the fact I sent texts to friends and foes alike as City went 2-0 up.

‘Counting my chickens’ would be an understatement, Gary Wheeler and Jamie Foster took great delight in ramming it down my throat on Monday, all in good humour though.

n I MENTIONED a couple of weeks ago how we occasionally go for something to eat as a team.

Earlier this week we went to the Carr Mill hotel on the East Lancs Road after rumours had circulated of a 1kg Burger Challenge.

Having some big hungry boys in the team, I was confident a few of them would demolish the meal.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I set off at a ridiculous pace, but only got halfway through before conceding defeat.

Jon Wilkin, who beforehand was talking himself up, failed miserably. Leon Pryce wasn’t much better, Tony Puletua and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook went very close, coming up a few kidney beans short but the only one to devour the immense feast was Sia Soliola who managed to stop short of licking his plate clean.

For anyone wishing to attempt it, I recommend trousers with an elasticated waistline.

n FINALLY, the game at the weekend will be my 400th appearance for the club, it is a milestone I am very proud to reach.

I have played with some great players, worked under some fantastic coaches who have helped me to develop my game and I have had a great rapport with the clubs supporters from day one.

I would like to thank everyone for the support that I have had, and I will continue to give my all for this great club.

Thanks for the support – WELLO