Match Preview - Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings

Wigan Warriors will be chomping at the bit to get their season back on track Friday night when Widnes Vikings visit the JJB Stadium, 8pm kick off.

After three successive defeats Wigan have slipped out of the top six with just 5 wins from 11 games. Widnes lie second bottom with just 2 victories so far. Former Coach Frank Endacott will be returning to the JJB as will one of his conditioners in Quentin Pongia. Former players include the newly wed Gary Connolly, Mick Cassidy, Mark Smith and Terry O'Connor.

Wigan recorded a 32-20 at the Halton Stadium back in March and are looking for a Super League double.

Friday's game which will see Brian Carney back after a 5 week absence with a knee injury while Wayne McDonald is set for a home debut after signing on loan for the Warriors from Leeds a week a go. Elsewhere Radlinski and Orr are ruled out so Chris Melling will step in at full back with Brown set to partner Moran at half back.

Wigan 18-man: Hansen, Wild, Tickle, Godwin, McDonald, Sculthorpe, Beswick, Allen, Melling, Dallas, Vaealiki, Aspinwall, Carney, Brown, Moran, Seuseu, Newton, Guisset.

Widnes 18-man: Connolly, Moule, Emelio, Craigie, Myler, O'Connor, Millard, O'Neill, Cassidy, Stankevitch, Finnigan, Hulse, Frame, Mills, Fa-alogo, Smith, Viane, Barnett

Looking ahead to the match coach Denis Betts said,

"We know Widnes will be up for it, especially with the ex-Wigan players within their team, coming back to the JJB will be a bit of inspiration for them.We need a win, the importance that we need a result far outways the return of some ex-players."

" Nobody likes losing, it's the nature of the losses that concerns me. We know we are so much better and we can perform better. For sixty minutes against Leeds and at Bradford we competed, we were working hard and we helped to cause our own downfall."

"The inexperience within our side is showing with our inconsistency at the moment.The lads remain positive. We are really knuckling down and are looking forward to Friday night."

On the absence of Captain Rads, Betts added,

"He has injured the tendon at the top of his hamstring, it is unfortunate, but we will have to just now get on with it.

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