POWERHOUSE prop Joe Bullock says the Wire fans need to keep the faith for the crucial run-in.

Warrington travel to ‘derby’ rivals Wigan tomorrow, Friday, on the back of a string of defeats, not least demoralising collapses in the final few minutes of the last two games against Hull KR and Huddersfield.

And it makes Friday’s game against second place Wigan even more important than others.

Bullock said: “It’s a massive game for us. Wigan games are always big for the club and especially where we are in our season it’s a bit like a cup final for us.

“We’ve got to think that if we’ve got to go to the 78th or 79th minute until the game cracks then we’ve got to be prepared to do that. It’s all going to be effort related and effort based.

“We’ve just got to get into the fight of it and take it to them. I don’t think anyone is second-guessing how tough a task it will be. Wigan are flying at the moment and have got threats all over the field so we’ve got to be ready for everything they throw at us, just keep turning up and getting the job done.”

Bullock signed from Wigan last year and has been a regular in recent weeks after a period out of the side.

He said he is looking forward to the atmosphere on Friday.

“It’s always great going back to your old club, meeting your old coaching staff and friends, so it’s a great opportunity for me to go there and show what I can do,” he added.

“If I can put my best performance in this week and the lads can all match that we can get the rewards that we want.

“It’s a massive game for us in our season and where we’re at but personally it’s a real good one for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”

And while he admits this season has been tough for The Wire, who sit just four points off bottom spot, he is still relishing he challenge of improving his game.

His sin binning in the closing stages at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday was crucial. They were 22-14 ahead when he went off and 26-22 behind when came back on.

He added: “When I got left out a few weeks ago I had some good chats with Powelly on where I was at and I’ve worked really hard on trying to improve myself and come back into it.

“I think my performances have shown that but I still made a few errors against Huddersfield including the one where I got sin-binned which cost us the game I feel so I’m still not the finished product. I’ve really got to work hard this week and smarten up on what I was doing on that side of it and hopefully if I can put that more rounded game in this week it will help us get the points.”

Bullock feels the game at Wigan is the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.

He added: “It’s difficult for everybody this season but as a playing group we need the fans behind us and giving us energy to get the points in games.

“This one is massive, going to Wigan is always a big atmosphere anyway. We need everyone behind us, pushing for us and hopefully that will drive us to get that victory. Stick with us, it’s difficult, but we’re all trying our hardest to turn the season around.”