Newcastle Falcons prop Dave Wilson knows that Kingston Park is not an easy place to visit for opposing teams and he’s determined to keep it that way.
The Falcons have beaten Sale Sharks and Bristol Rugby at home so far this year and were just a single point from securing a draw against Leicester Tigers.
Last weekend’s defeat against Exeter Chiefs was not their best result in the North West to date so Wilson is determined to bounce back against Northampton Saints on Friday night.
“Anyone who comes here we’ll give them a good go,” he said.
“We prepare to win every week. It’s a tough league and it’s a tough challenge for Newcastle sometimes, but we’re here preparing every week and we’ll put in a performance every week as well.
“It can take the pressure off sometimes, teams might not prepare as well as they should for you. If they don’t, we’ll give them a good run.
“I’ve been at teams before where you lose a few games and all of a sudden it’s a crisis, so we need to build up momentum.
“Northampton will be a tough job, but we’ll go down there and have a real good go to get the victory we need to push the club forward.
“We won’t be taking our foot off the gas, there are no easy teams and we need to perform every week.”
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Wilson, who graduated through the academy at Kingston Park before spending seven years at Bath Rugby returned to Newcastle alongside 15 other players in the summer.
And while Wilson agrees that it will take time for such a large number of players to gel perfectly, he’s confident that significant progress has been made and the Falcons will only get stronger.
“I think when a few players come in it takes a while to settle, I missed the first few games but I think we have all settled in well now,” he added.
“There’s a lot of competition for places and it ups the performance of everyone. I feel the added pressure for places adds to the game.
“It makes us all give the extra one or two per cent and that’s what we need. It’s good for the team, game and the club so hopefully we’ll begin to really see that in the coming weeks.
“Of course for me personally, with family links and everything else it was an easy decision.”