IF Warrington Wolves are to entertain hopes of reaching the Super League play-offs, they must win both of the back-to-back home games coming up.

Those are the thoughts of head coach Daryl Powell as he prepares his side for a return to action after the international break.

After a dismal season so far, The Wire sit ninth in the Super League table – four points adrift of the all-important top six.

On Friday, they welcome fifth-placed Hull FC to The Halliwell Jones Stadium before another home game against 10th-placed Salford Red Devils on Sunday, July 3.

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Wire face Salford Red Devils at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on July 3 having already beaten them at home this season. Picture by Mike Boden

Powell insists he can sense a turnaround in the team’s fortunes is near as they seek to end a run of five consecutive defeats.

However, a defeat to the Black and Whites would likely end their fading hopes of being in the end-of-season shake-up.

“We’ve got to start winning games and we need to get after these two home games,” he said.

“We can’t look too far ahead of where we are at the moment. We’ve just go keep chipping away a game at a time.

“In two out of the last three weeks, we’ve made decent strides.

“I felt we should have won the Wakefield game and we had a chance of winning the St Helens game but we didn’t handle the Leeds game.

“I do see signs of us starting to win games, but I feel like it’s got to happen in the next two weeks to give ourselves a chance.”

Former Wire star Brett Hodgson, who won a Challenge Cup and a League Leaders’ Shield during a successful three-year playing stint at the club, brings his Hull FC side to his old stomping ground looking to complete a home-and-away double over Warrington.

A controversial late try from Manu Ma’u gave the Airlie Birds an 18-16 Easter Monday win at the MKM Stadium, but Powell says his side cannot have that sense of injustice in their minds.

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Manu Ma'u's late try gave Hull FC an 18-16 win over Warrington Wolves in the reverse fixture on Easter Monday. Picture by SWPix.com

“There is a bit of hurt about the last game with Hull, but it can’t help us to look back,” he said.

“We could potentially be six points better off but we’re not.

“We’ve got to look at it as this being where we are now and have a clear idea of where we want to get to.

“We’ve got a good opportunity over the next couple of weeks and we’ve got to find a way to take it.”