KEVIN BROWN is ready to put his Salford nightmare behind him and fire the Giants to Super League victory at Wakefield tomorrow (3.30).
By his own admission, the 24-year-old half-back’s failure to hit form was a key factor in last Sunday’s shock 24-4 home defeat to struggling Salford City Reds.
But he has already taken steps to erase that bitter memory and is looking to get back to his best as the Giants head to the Wildcats for the eagerly-awaited West Yorkshire derby clash.
“If I’d had the chance, I would have loved to have played the Wakefield game straight after the Salford one,” he said.
“I’m the first to admit I didn’t play my best last weekend. I made a few early errors, including failing to find touch from the penalty, and that set the tone for the game.
“For that, I’ve taken some responsibility for the result, but I’ve put that behind me now and I’ve not been dwelling on it.
“Earlier in the week, I had a long chat with Browny and he told me just to forget about it. “He told me I’d been doing well – and I’d also been pretty happy with my form up until last Sunday – and that I’m starting with a clean slate this weekend.
“That helped give me a boost in confidence, and I’ve now got a smile back on my face and I’m just looking forward to bouncing back at Wakefield tomorrow.”
Even though former Wigan star Brown has made it clear that confidence remains high inside the Giants camp, he admits nothing can be taken for granted against the Wildcats.
And he knows only Giant’s best will be good enough.
“When you suffer a defeat, like the one we experienced last
week, it really does give you a big kick up the backside,” he added.
“The key is how you respond to it, and we’re obviously hoping we can find the right response this weekend.
“Usually the best way is to work harder than ever in training and then take that attitude into the game itself.
“We’ve done everything required on the training front, and now it’s a case of taking it onto the field tomorrow for what we know will be a tough game.
“Wakefield are a good side who know how to grind out wins, and in John Kear they’ve got a coach who knows exactly how to get his players up for games.
“They’ve got a big, strong pack and quality threequarters in Atkins and Martin, and if we’re not on our game they’ll punish us.
“The challenge is obviously to make sure that doesn’t happen.”