HEAD coach Paul James is hoping to end Worcester Wolves’ tale of frustration in the BBL Cup when they host Manchester Giants tomorrow night (7.30pm).

Wolves have lost their first match in the competition for the last three years although they were all quarter-final ties.

This term they have been placed in the last 16 for the first time since 2013.

But James, who guided Wolves to the semi-finals in the 2011/12 season, is confident he has got the squad to go far in the cup.

“For whatever reason we have not done a great job in the cup over the years,” James said.

“The cup is one of those things where anyone can beat anybody on any given day.

“Certainly we have had ties which we thought we should have won but opposition have come in and played out of their skin and we did not respond very well.

“We really don’t want that to happen this year.

“I think we have got a different bunch of guys this season in terms of their mind-set and they want to be in every competition.

“We are going to be doing our homework on Manchester and will be leaving no stone unturned to make sure we come away with a win and progress through to the next round.

“Hopefully we can have an extended run in the cup this season.”

Manchester finished at the foot of the table last season and have made a sorry start to the 2017/18 campaign, losing their opening three games.

But having been stunned 89-88 by Manchester at the University of Worcester Arena last term Wolves boss James is refusing to take struggling Giants lightly.

“They are a much-changed team with a couple of guys returning and have got a new coach as well,” James added.

“But they managed to come here and beat us last year.

“They have had some indifferent results so far this season but we can’t look at that at all.

“We have got to make sure we execute our game plan and really frustrate them by making it as difficult as possible for them.

“Hopefully we can find the players we need in good, open positions where they are best at performing because if we can do that we will give ourselves the best chance of winning the game.”