Wollongong Wolves coach Luke Wilkshire is confident his side will bounce back from last week's loss to Rockdale when they take on Marconi on Saturday night.
The loss was the side's first of the season and Wilkshire said it's important the team ensures one loss doesn't turn into two, which could then turn into three.
Based on what he's seen on the training paddock this week, however, he's not concerned that will become an issue.
"It's been a great week of training," Wilkshire said. "From our first session, we put last week behind us and looked forward. The guys are in good spirits, the tempo's been great, I've been happy with the response.
"Everyone is very keen to get back to our winning ways and back to our habits. We talk about habits and routines, winning's a habit, but losing can also become a habit. We want the right habits, we've had them all season and want to go back to our ways."
The Wolves will make the trip north to face Marconi in Bossley Park, with the Stallions also looking to bounce back from a 1-nil loss to Blacktown City last weekend.
Marconi have struggled for consistency throughout the season and currently sit eighth on the ladder. Wilkshire, however, said his team has focused on ensuring they deliver a much improved performance compared to last week.
"We have had a little look at our opposition, but our biggest focus is for us to perform to the level I know we can. We should be able to do that and if we do, we don't fear anyone.
"We need everyone to be at their best. It's a team sport for a reason, it's not down to one individual, we need everyone to perform. Last week the team wasn't on on the day, hence the result, this week we need everyone to turn up and be in tune ready for the game."
In positive news for the Wolves, Wilkshire confirmed Darcy Madden is a chance of returning while Takeru Okada is back to full health.
Okada played through 52 minutes in last week's defeat, with Wilkshire likely to play him in an expanded role on Saturday night.
That would prove a timely boost, with the Wolves struggling to create opportunities up front last weekend.
"Takeru Okada and Darcy Madden are both fully fit, which gives me a couple more selection decisions to make. Takeru is more of a chance to have a bigger role, we'll see come Saturday though.
"He adds a lot to the side. His creativity, he's intelligent, he's great at creating space and opportunities for other players and himself. That's what he's here for, he adds that creative element to the side."
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