Darrell Goulding said the Under-19s responded well to come from behind to beat Widnes
19s down 12-6 at the break
- “They are an honest bunch and they rectified themselves in the second half.” Goulding
Darrell Goulding said the Under-19s rectified themselves in the second half as they came from behind to beat Widnes at the Select Security Stadium.
The Warriors went home 12-18 winners with Harry Smith’s goal kicking proving to be the difference between the two sides.
Speaking to Wigan TV after the game, Goulding said: “I’m glad to get the two points but if I’m honest it was a very poor performance for us. We were off in every department and there weren’t many positives to take from it apart from the result.
“We spoke all week about the great win against City of Hull Academy and coming here and not dipping our toes into it, so to speak, but I think that’s what happened.”
“I was pretty honest with the lads (at half time). The standards were nowhere near what’s required from players at this club.
“They are an honest bunch and they rectified themselves in the second half.”
The former Wigan player gave a special mention to Widnes Coach, Grant Gore and admitted he thought the opposition could and possibly should have won on the day.
He said: “We turned up expecting to win the game easily after our great performance last week but full credit to Widnes. I think Grant Gore is doing a really good job and they’ve improved a lot from last year and I thought they deserved to win today.”
The Coach picked out the performances of a couple of the first-year players who have moved up to the U19s from the U16s in 2018. He said: “I thought all the first years played quite well.
“Amir (Bourouh) has a lot still to work on but they were the longest minutes he’s played at 9 in the middle of the field. Morgan Smithies is getting better every week and again played 80 minutes which was really good and Ethan Havard was probably one of our best middles coming off the bench.”
Wigan play Leeds at Orrell on Saturday and Goulding is hoping to continue the undefeated start to the 2018 season.
He said: “We aim for performance and I thought we were off with that today but it’s always nice not to lose and keep that record going this year and I think going into the Leeds game at home is something all the lads and staff are all really looking forward to!”