HUDDERSFIELD Giants cannot afford another home Super League slip-up tonight.
That's the stark reality facing under-fire coach Jon Sharp and his players as they aim to secure their first top-flight triumph of the season against fierce rivals Wakefield at the Galpharm (8.00).
Having lost their opening seven Super League fixtures, the Giants are already five points adrift at the foot of the table, with their top-flight future being called into serious doubt.
A big 74-4 Carnegie Challenge Cup triumph over York City Knights last Sunday has helped lift some of the gloom around the Galpharm.
But Sharp knows it's vital they back up that confidence-boosting show with a quality performance against Super League opposition to avoid falling further behind in the table.
"We're under no illusions as to how important this match is for us," said Sharp, pictured.
"The victory over York last weekend came at just the right time as it enabled us to grow in confidence and helped the players start to believe in themselves again.
"Now it's crucial that we build on this and start picking up the wins we need to begin climbing up the table.
"We've come close on all seven occasions to securing a first victory of the season, and we all know that it's going to change. And we know it can change tonight."
Sharp was keeping his line-up close to his chest, and won't reveal it until an hour before kick-off.
But it's clear changes to the side that ran in 13 tries to beat York will be kept to a minimum.
"I was delighted with those combinations, very happy," he said.