ANDREW Henderson believes that he has identified where the York Knights need to improve to secure back-to-back victories in the Betfred Championship.

The Knights will travel to Swinton Lions on Sunday (3pm) with the target of claiming back-to-back victories for the first time this season, after defeating Halifax Panthers 40-18 last weekend.

Henderson hopes to show improvements and to raise the standards of York’s performance on Sunday, whilst remaining wary of a Swinton side two points ahead of the Knights in the table.

Henderson was relived to escape the relegation zone in last weekend’s win over Halifax, and hopes to carry that form into the Swinton clash.

“It’s a relief because of where we are currently at in the table, we were occupying one of the relegation positions about a week ago,” Henderson told BBC York.

“It’s a relief to start to climb our way up and out of those areas, but it means nothing if we don’t go and give a performance and a result this week against Swinton, who are a team that are slightly ahead of us at the moment.

“They’re playing some really good rugby league at the moment and will be a difficult team to come up against.

“Alan’s [Kilshaw, Swinton head coach] doing a great job there with his squad and they have some really quality players that we can’t underestimate. They’ve got some big game players in there.

“Dec Patton, Rhys Williams, they’ve had some good players coming in on dual reg and loans from Super League clubs that have really assisted their squad.

“They’re just a team that are really honest, work for one another and play some good rugby league.

"They ask a lot of questions with the ball and there will be a lot of threats for us to contest with on Sunday.

“Ultimately again, and I’ll highlight it, we have to focus on us to make sure that we continue to improve in the areas that we need to improve, and make sure that we are able to get some consistency in the areas that we are doing really well in at the moment.

“It’s certainly going to be a tough game on Sunday, there is no doubt about that.

“It’s important for us that we just focus on us and make those improvements in our performance.

“Hopefully we can deliver a performance again this week that is better than what we delivered on Sunday, so we can be in a position to earn a result.”

Henderson hopes to improve in an attacking-sense and the execution of his Knights squad, also planning to build confidence after a difficult start to the Championship season.

Henderson continued: “It’s a little bit of our execution, we missed a few opportunities with the ball on Sunday so it’s just about doing better decisions around the ball in those positions.

“There was a period in that game where we didn’t manage as well as we would have liked to, so it’s just learning the lessons from that with our game management, knowing when and where to pass and when to rein things back in, that type of thing.

“There were some good lessons that we learned from Sunday, there’s obviously some bits defensively to us that we know we need to fix up as well.

“We’re far from the finished product, that’s for sure, but certainly took a step in the right direction on Sunday.

“I’m a big believer that confidence is developed through consistency.

“That’s the challenge for us, our focus at the moment is getting consistency in our individual performance levels, as a collective, and as a team.

“If we start to build consistency in our performance, then ultimately we will build some confidence through that.”