Shaun Wane says a few familiar faces will pose his team a big challenge when they face Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium.
The Warriors host the Red Devils in a crunch Super League tie on Friday evening, the first at the DW in just over a month.
Salford make the short trip to the DW with former Wigan players Scott Taylor and Harrison Hansen as well as Logan Tomkins, on-loan from the Warriors until the end of the season, amongst the ranks.
Wane knows only too well the threat that the trio, and Salford, will cause.
"Salford will be hurting because with the quality of personnel there, they would have wanted to have won more games," said Wane.
"They will come to the DW confident (after beating Wakefield last week) and with some familiar players, a main one being Logan (Tomkins) who I rate very highly. They will want to put a show on so we need to make sure we defend better and are physical, technically very good and don’t give penalties away."
Asked if he had considered stopping Logan from playing in the game as his parent club, Wane said:
"I want to do the right thing by Logan as he’s my main concern. It wouldn’t have been fair to start pulling him out of certain games, that’s not my style. I want Salford to have players fit and their best team out, likewise for us to make it a good game."
The Warriors Head Coach has helped negotiate a tricky period away from the DW, his team having picked up four points from a possible six after games against the other three teams currently occupying the top four spots in the league.
"I am glad to be back at the DW as our home form is good and we are undefeated there for around a year, but it still does not take away the pain of the St Helens defeat. The players have been hurt by that and the manner of it, the effort was there but we didn’t give ourselves a chance at winning with our low completion rate and penalties conceded, when you do that against St Helens then you get burned."
Wane took time to pay credit to the Wigan fans who have clocked up the miles of late with journeys to France, Newcastle, Huddersfield and St Helens.
"The spectators have been great, we had almost 1000 who travelled to France, then big support in Newcastle as well as Huddersfield and Saints, so we are looking at the Salford game as repaying the fans support."
Dom Manfredi returns to the Wigan team for the game after recovering from a leg injury.
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