Wigan Warriors Head Coach reacts to Wigan’s 25-12 defeat to Warrington Wolves
”There were signs that the team are back.” – Lam
Highlights hindrance of player injuries and suspensions
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam believes there are plenty of positives to take from Friday’s 25-12 defeat to Warrington Wolves despite the result.
Wigan went in at the break 12-0 down to Warrington, but battled back to within a score half way into the second half.
Speaking after the game Lam said of the performance - “I was really proud of the team tonight. I wanted to see a point in which there was an effort on effort, plenty of energy and playing for each other ad I saw that tonight.
“I know we lost the game but there were signs that as a team we are back. “
Despite picking up another defeat, Lam explained how his side’s performance was clearly different when compared to last week.
“You could see the desperation in the side when Sarginson went off. We were down to 12-men and we defended like Wigan defend.”
He continued, “We hadn’t seen that as a coaching staff until tonight and when that happened I turned to the coaches and said this is it this is the turning point.”
Wigan have not been helped over the last few weeks with a number of injuries and suspensions, something which the Head Coach highlighted.
“The changes in the squad haven’t been initiated by me, they’ve been initiated by injury or suspensions. I can’t think of dropping one player that hadn’t been forced by another issue.
The long-standing rivalry between the two clubs was evident for all to see on the night, with a 13,000+ crowd filling the Halliwell Jones Stadium, something that Lam was encouraged by.
“There is nothing better than Wigan vs Warrington on a Friday night in this country. I thought the boys stood up tonight and with a bit of luck and a penalty count in our favour I think it could have been different.”
Lam also provided some praise for young half-back Jake Shorrocks who’s second half inclusion created a try for Tom Davies.
“Injuries forced our hand to pick some of these young faces. [Shorrocks] I was really happy for him. I know he played a few times for Salford on loan last year but having coe back from a knee injury myself I know it’s been tough for him. He’s been in the wilderness for a long time.
“To be fair he’s been one of our best in pre-season and I was looking forward to the moment when we could give him an opportunity.”