Tyrone McCarthy says Warrington Wolves will learn from bitter experience not to underestimate lowly neighbours Widnes Vikings when they meet in tonight's Super League derby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Wolves can briefly top the table - for the first time this season - with a 10th consecutive league win and are firm favourites against a side languishing in 11th place.
But only four teams have scored more points than the Vikings so far this season and Denis Betts' men are one of only five teams to have beaten Warrington this year.
"Widnes are a good attacking team," McCarthy said. "I was there watching when they beat us earlier in the season.
"They probably out-enthused us. They were more disciplined and carried out their game plan.
"We've had a look at that game and their recent games and their key players and we know we need to be in form to get the two points."
McCarthy made his first start of the season in last Saturday's 26-14 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and is desperately hoping to hang onto his spot as Warrington enter the business end of the campaign after experiencing a frustrating time.
The 25-year-old Ireland international forward has spent much of the year playing on a dual registration for Swinton and he experienced the disappointment of going on loan to Castleford Tigers without playing a match.
"They had a change of coach and, with Daryl (Powell) coming into a winning team, he didn't want to change it," McCarthy explained.
"It was just the way it worked out. Looking back now, it was a realisation point, that I couldn't get much lower.
"I told myself I just needed to get my head down and work hard and I think I've finally found some light at the end of the tunnel.
"I found some good form with Swinton and thankfully got an opportunity to play against Wakefield. Now I need to kick on and put my name in contention each week.
"We've such a strong squad that you need to be playing well because if not you probably won't be in the week after."