Wasn’t pretty: O’Loughlin

Wasn’t pretty: O’Loughlin

  • Wigan skipper analyses win against Salford Red Devils

  • ”We’ve got to grind a few wins out and build a bit of confidence from that.”

  • Discusses performance of returning Burgess and hat trick hero Williams

Wigan Warriors Captain Sean O’Loughlin believes Sunday’s victory over Salford Red Devils “wasn’t pretty” but is important for the side in building momentum as the season progresses.

Despite Wigan’s bad run of form since their victory over Leeds Rhinos back in February, the Club captain said that the side has never lost belief in themselves.

“We’ve been confident going into all of the games but we’ve just not delivered. I think It’s pleasing that we’ve got a win. We’ve not been brilliant today but we’ve got a win.

“In tough times that’s it’s just what you’ve got to do. At the minute we aren’t going to blow anyone away, we’ve got to grind a few wins out and build a bit of confidence from that.”

O’Loughlin and Flower celebrate after the final whistle on Sunday.

On the team’s overall performance – “There are aspects of our game we aren’t happy with. We went behind early again. But we built on that and came back from that.

“Again later in the game we went behind again and managed to claw it back so we can take positives from that.

“We’ve not won many but the boys have grafted all the way to the end and although all the score lines haven’t been in our favour, no one has run away with games against us.”

While it may not have been a perfect performance from Wigan, the loose forward highlighted the things that the Club and fans can be positive about.

“Obviously the tries that George scored, we’ve seen him do that tones of times with Budgey [Burgess] on the wing and George going in the inside. They’ve built that combination from coming through together as kids in the academy.

“Having them back together, knowing how to bounce off each other, that will only get better with this being Budgey’s first game back. It was good to see him back.”

The Cherry and White faithful were out in good numbers at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday and O’Loughlin explained how their support has been important this season.

“When you come away from the DW and you see them travelling in numbers it’s great. At Warrington last week, even though we got beat, the fans there were brilliant, and again today.

“Onto next week now and back home and hopefully we can get them another win. There’s still a long, long time in the season to go and hopefully we can build some momentum, especially over the Easter period, pick up some wins and progress.”

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