Saints chief won’t let emotion affect the performance against Huddersfield Giants
Sep 22 2010 by Chris Roberts, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
ST HELENS coach Mick Potter is warning his players not to let the emotion of the final game at Knowsley Road to affect their play-off performance.
Saints entertain Huddersfield Giants on Friday (8.00) with a place in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 2 up for grabs.
It will be the last competitive fixture ever to be staged at the ground which has been Saints’ home for the last 120 years.
But Potter is desperate to play down the historical significance, stressing that the team need to be focused on the task at hand against a Giants side that he knows will prove a massive threat.
“Having such a big game to end our time at Knowsley Road is important for all the spectators who have been coming here for a long time,” said Potter.
“But it’s also important for the club this year to try and go one step further than we have done in the last few years.
“Simply put, it’s important for us to play our best and try and win because, if you lose your season ends, if you win you go to Old Trafford.”
St Helens selected Huddersfield as their semi-final opponents in Sunday’s Club Call announcement.
And with the Giants in such fine form, having won seven games on the trot, Potter knows Saints will have their work cut out on Friday night.
“Our priority was getting the Club Call decision out of the way,” added Potter.
“We’ve started the process of preparing for the game now and our preparation will be the same as every other game.
“We’ll look at the opposition and try and highlight their strengths and weaknesses and then nullify their threats.
“Huddersfield have won seven on the trot which goes to show they’re in form and they’re going to be hard to beat.
“As a result, we’re under no illusions how tough it’s going to be and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”
Unfortunately, Knowsley Road hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Huddersfield during the Super League era, with their last win at the ground coming in 1978, although they have been getting much closer in recent years.