Shaun Wane praises side after narrow Salford win
Wigan beat Salford 20-16 at the DW Stadium
- “I’ve just talked to the players about the guts and toughness they showed.” Wane
Shaun Wane said he was happy with the guts shown by his Wigan team after the Warriors scored at the death to beat Salford 20-16.
The Warriors looked in good shape as they led 16-2 midway through the second-half however Salford fought back to level at 16-all with seven minutes to go.
Wigan roared back though and showed real determination as Dom Manfredi crossed in the corner with just three minutes left.
Speaking after the game, Wane said:
“We showed some toughness, there were some poor skill errors but I’ll put a bit of that down to fatigue. Too many errors put us under pressure too many times but I think we were good for the win.
“I’ve just talked to the players about the guts and toughness they showed. We’re three out of three and we’ve not played well yet, I’ve just asked them when are we going to win and get what we deserve out of a game because today wasn’t it.”
Paying credit to his side that are without six first-team players, Wane said
“With the players that are out of our team at the moment, the likes of Micky, Joel, Sam, Dom, if you take those players out of any first team then you’re going to be under the pump so I have to be happy with three out of three but I’m just disappointed with the manner in which we got it.”
Wane picked out several key players who helped the Warriors bag the two points: “I was very happy with Lewis (Tierney),” he said.
“Anthony Gelling again showed some good skill. He must be up there, he’s playing outstandingly well, he had a great pre-season. I’m very happy with Lewis and Gells and Sarg are a great centre combination too. John Bateman slipped in at back-row like he’s always played there, he showed a lot of composure.”
Asked if he would look to recruit a replacement for the injured Michael McIlorum, Wane said: “I’m happy with Sam Powell, I’m happy with the people who can deputise for Sam when he needs a break. If Kris Radlinski comes up with a name then we’ll look at it but I’m not actively looking.”
Wane confirmed that he expects to have the same pool of players to choose from for next week’s trip to Hull FC.