DARYL Powell said it is time to 'fire bullets' and 'show no fear' as he prepares his Warrington Wolves side for Friday's 'derby' with Wigan Warriors.

The Wire boss, whose side languish third from bottom of the table, was asked what it will take to beat title-chasing Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Here's his unedited answer:

“All of our players need to play well. I don’t think we’ve had at any point this year all 17 blokes playing well in a game. And we need that.

"The physicality of the game needs to feel like a ‘derby’. We have to create that feel, that intensity.

“There’s one thing you can’t do against Wigan. You can’t dip your toe in the water and see how hot it’s going to be. You know it’s going to be hot and you have to get in there and put up with it.

"It gets a bit cold when you’re in a hot bath because you’re in there a while. And that’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to get into the heat of it and accept that it’s going to be a battle.

“And don’t fear it. Don’t fear the challenge. I think at the moment we’re like a team waiting to be shot. Well, we’ve got to start firing bullets and stop worrying about being shot because there’s a fear around us at the moment, which is obvious and you understand it, but all the club and fans – and I’ve been saying this for a while – realise that we want to win games. We’re not going out there to lose.

"The boys are working hard, it’s stick together, get into the battle of this game, get 17 players playing well with the pride for the badge, believe in what we’re doing, and get after this game.

“Gary Chambers (Wolves head of youth) spoke to the group this morning about the battles he was in as a player at Warrington against Wigan and it has to feel like it’s that, it has to be more important to us than it is to them and I keep saying that.

"At the moment, every game that we play has to be more important to us than it is to the opposition. That’s the way it has to look, because I think for fans that’s what they want to see. They want to see that this means something to us. And I’m telling you, it means a lot to me and it means a lot to the players.

“We’ve got a hell of a lot of pride about what we’re doing and while I understand frustration at the moment, just crack on with it. We can’t help each other by being negative, you just can’t. We’re just cracking on, we have to be positive and get after this game like it’s your last game, that’s the way it is.

"We’re playing finals now, they’ve got a real meaning about them and it has to look like that from every pore of your body. That’s what I’m asking players to deliver.”