Paul Anderson is demanding his in-form Huddersfield Giants show stuttering hosts Widnes no mercy in today’s vital Super League XXI encounter.

Although the Vikings are eighth in the top-flight table and Huddersfield are second bottom, the rapidly-improving Giants are tipped by many to take the honours at the Select Security Stadium (3.00).

While Anderson’s men are looking to secure a fourth win from their last six Super League XXI starts, mis-firing Widnes are aiming to avoid a ninth straight top-flight defeat.

And the Giants chief is determined to make sure the Vikings’ misery continues.

“Widnes are doing it tough at the moment,” said Anderson, whose side has this week trained on an artificial surface in preparation for the clash on the infamous Widnes plastic pitch.

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“But we won’t be showing them any sympathy, just like no-one showed us any sympathy when we’d lost eight of our opening nine games at the start of the year.

“Widnes are still eighth and we’re second bottom, and we know a win against them this weekend would take us to within two points of them in the table, which makes this game massive.

“So it’s vital we build on what we did against Saints last Sunday (winning 48-20 at Magic Weekend), start well and make it as uncomfortable as we possibly can for Widnes.

“We’ve got to do the simple things right, play direct, be patient and defend with vigour.

“And if things go according to plan, showing Widnes no mercy will be the last thing on our minds.”