Head Coach Adrian Lam reacts to Wigan’s defeat at Wakefield.
Warriors boss proud of young players who stepped up.
- Lam: “There was a lot of young players out there. We want to keep the confidence up through this period and support them and make sure we stick together.”
Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Adrian Lam, has called for calmness at the club, despite his side losing to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night.
A young Cherry and White, that included 19-year-old debutant Joe Shorrocks and 18-year-old Morgan Smithies were defeat 30-20 at The Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Winger Joe Burgess claimed a hat-trick and in the process scored his 100th career try, but Wigan conceded three tries in the remaining four minutes of the first half, something which Lam believes changed the game.
He said: “It was disappointing. I was angry at half time, but in the second half we played some great rugby and I asked the players why they didn’t do that in the first. It was frustrating.
“I thought with the side that we had, we did pretty well for 35 minutes of the first half. Four minutes of mayhem turned the whole game. It’s a tough one because we lost concentration at certain points, but it’s hard to get angry at the players when they’re doing their best.
“There was a lot of young players out there. We want to keep the confidence up through this period and support them and make sure we stick together.”
Lam revealed how proud he was of the young players who stepped up against a big Wakefield side.
He said: “The positive from the game was that we had two young kids playing. I thought they played pretty tough.
“There were some good signs with them coming through and I’m happy to support them through this period. They’re Wigan’s future!”
The Warriors boss commented on Wigan’s recent injury worries, as Tommy Leuluai had to leave the field after picking up a calf injury.
Wigan face St Helens in the Good Friday next week and Lam isn’t too sure on whether his key senior players will return in time.
“In regard to next week, players like Ben Flower, Sean O’Loughlin and even Leuluai are players we are going to have to make a decision on.
“Hopefully they can be a part of it, as it’s one of the biggest games in the year for the supporters. We have to make sure we stay positive. If we can get through the next couple of matches and get a few wins, we’ll be okay. I believe in the players we’ve got.
“I’m looking forward to making sure we got through this period in good shape. If we can hang in there and get through to the back end of the season, players will start to come back, and I think we can do some damaging stuff.”