Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam previews Friday’s Betfred Super League tie with Salford Red Devils.
Lam: ”We’ve played a couple of times already and we know what they are capable of.”
- Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils, Friday 28th June, DW Stadium, K.O. 7:45pm.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam believes his side know what to expect from Salford Red Devils as they prepare for Friday’s Betfred Super League clash at the DW Stadium (K.O. 7:45pm).
After six games away from home in a row and winning the last three back-to-back, Lam’s men return to the DW Stadium to face a Salford side they’ve already faced twice this season.
On Wigan’s current form the Head Coach said: “We’re pretty happy. There’s always room for improvement, but the important thing is there is ten games to go and after going through six to eight weeks away from home, we’ve hung in there and put together some wins.
“Had we not done it, we would be down near that relegation zone but instead we’ve worked really hard to get where we are and can start looking forward to seven of the last ten at home.”
Wigan head into Friday’s game off the back of three important wins vs Hull KR, Lees Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants. Lam highlighted the areas that his side have improved on in order to turn around their form book.
“I’m just really pleased with our attitude at the moment. You can see that there is a lot of energy, particularly in our defence which has been key at this Club.
“Everyone is buying into the way we want to defend, which is a little different to last year. I also think that our attack in the last two weeks has been the best all year.”
Skipper Sean O’Loughlin grabbed all three Man of Steel points this week for his performance versus Huddersfield last Friday.
On his side’s captain, Lam said: “I think Sean O’Loughlin has played a lot of rugby this season and I think he has been key to our middle of the field.”
Wigan face Salford for the third time this season when they meet at the DW Stadium on Friday. The Warriors have narrowly won in their first two meetings, and Lam explained that he expects another close encounter.
“It’s really important for us. We’ve played a couple of times already this year and we know what they are capable of. They are a team that’s playing for each other at the moment; they have a dig and if you don’t turn up early on they will take advantage.”
Tuesday saw speculation beginning to circle surrounding a possible midweek move for Salford’s Robert Lui to Leeds Rhinos, which could involve a swap deal.
On whether this altered preparations for Lam’s side the boss said: “We are preparing that he is going to be playing against us. Whether it’s him or (Tuimoala) Lolohea or someone else, we’ve got to prepare. This week, the focus has been more on ourselves.”
The Head Coach also provided injury news ahead of this week’s 19-man squad announcement, which will be made at 12pm on Wednesday.
“It’s probably going to be the same 19 as last week; 20 if you want to include Dan Sarginson. We will make a decision on him tomorrow or Thursday and he’s probably 50-50 at the moment.
Lam also discussed Tony Clubb, who left the field against Huddersfield in some discomfort last week before the final whistle.
He said: “Clubby’s picked up a bruised knee in the game. We could have put him back on, but we thought it was best to keep him off and play the younger ones for more minutes. It just gave them more experience.”
After SIX games on the road, the Warriors return home this Friday!— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) June 25, 2019
🗓 28th June
⏰ K.O. 7:45pm
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