Adrian Lam said he was disappointed following Warriors 36-10 defeat at home to St Helens
Head Coach says he will not dwell too much on the performance
- Warriors lost Tom Davies and Jake Shorrocks to injury on the day
Adrian Lam said he was disappointed and felt for his team after they suffered a defeat on derby day to local rivals St Helens.
The Warriors were hit by further injury troubles as they lost winger Tom Davies in the first half to a serious ankle injury, Jake Shorrocks was also stretchered off in the second half with a suspected neck injury.
On the injuries, Lam said: “I’m disappointed (about the result) obviously and I feel for the team a bit too. That’s another two boys out, who knows how long for Tom (Davies), hopefully Jake is okay but he’s going for precautionary scans on his neck, so that’s a bit of a worry.”
“Tom has both a dislocation and a break of the ankle, the ankle was completely out of its socket. I reckon that could be his season, if it was just a dislocation that could’ve been around 8 weeks but with the break it’ll add more.”
“Tom got on the happy gas and was carted straight off to the hospital, no doubt he’s having some sort of operation there at the moment.”
On the opponents, Lam said: “They were very good, that’s the focus really. We knew it was going to be tough from the start, we had Sarginson pull out today, and we didn’t have five that trained all week, so we didn’t really have a training session as a group. That’s the hard part, you always want to do well against St Helens and when they’re playing as good as they did, you need to be at your best but I think we were never really in the game.”
“From the start they rolled us, we had a couple of opportunities up the other end but just through fatigue we made a few silly errors and never really built any pressure and did a few things that we don’t normally do.”
He added: “I think they went in with the right attitude, but we just got zapped of energy early and we looked like we were just chasing our tail the whole time. That’s the disappointing thing, but rather than dwelling on that we’ve got an opportunity to fix it in three days’ time, we need to move on quickly because we’ll probably have to bring up two of the academy boys again now.”
“We’ll focus on staying positive and getting through the next match.”
The Head Coach praised the involvement of Morgan Smithies, after an 80-minute stint: “The positive today was that (Morgan) Smithies played 80-minutes as an 18-year old back row so that’s really good signs. Probably not the best experience for his first go at a Good Friday derby but I’m happy that he’s got an opportunity, he’s doing a pretty good job with us at the moment and got a good future here. It probably wasn’t ideal to play him for 80-minutes because of this age, but we’re in a position where we don’t really have much of a choice.”
The Warriors now have a short turnaround before facing Salford Red Devils on Easter Monday. On the preparations for the game, Lam said: “It’s a tough one because being so physical today, we’ve got to recover tonight and tomorrow. Then have a light session on Sunday, if we have a session at all, and then turn up and do our best at Salford. Everyone has got to do it this weekend.”
“I think that’s the best benefit of having the short turnaround, I know there’s a few lads in there who are disappointed with their individual performances, for whatever reason and the best way to get over that is to play another game as quickly as possible to show the Coach and Supporters of the club that it wasn’t quite us and we need to be better. I’m looking forward to the players response.”