Millward Modest in Victory

New Wigan boss Ian Millward refused to take credit for Monday’s 34-20 win over Salford at the Willows, instead hailing the efforts of his players and former acting head coach Denis Betts.

The home side led twice in the first half thanks to a brace of tries from prop Andy Coley but four unanswered touch downs either side of the interval swung things the Warriors way.

Aussie winger Brett Dallas once again showed his killer instinct with two well-taken tries to take his tally for the season to 11.

And second-rower Danny Tickle weighed in with a try and five kicks to help condemn the Reds to a fifth straight defeat.

“Obviously a win is a fantastic start for my career at Wigan but I’m more happy for the players and for Denis,” said Millward.

“They’ve had it tough for a couple of weeks and I felt they just needed to get back in the habit of playing good football.

“They got booed off in their last game but today (Monday) the crowd got behind them and it was far more enjoyable.”

Former St Helens chief Millward is well aware, however, he still has a huge task on his hands to help the once mighty Warriors recapture their glory days.

He said: “Some things we did were good but at other times we weren’t as clinical as we could have been.

“We also conceded a couple of tries we shouldn’t have but this is the beginning of a rebuilding process and we need to get things done sooner rather than later.

“There were some signs there which showed why they have lacked consistency so we need to work on that first.

“It’s a big job, it’s a big club and long term they expect success so we have to put some building blocks in place for the future.”

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