Oliver Gildart reacts to the Good Friday Derby defeat.
Centre thanks fans after 22,050 were in attendance at the DW Stadium.
- Gildart: “The good thing is that we get to play again in three days’ time.”
Oliver Gildart says Wigan Warriors punished themselves, despite praising St Helens following the 10-36 Good Friday defeat.
Three second half tries without reply sealed the win for Saints and the 22-year-old acknowledged the visiting side’s performance, whilst also admitting his own team’s mistakes.
Gildart also had Tom Davies and Jake Shorrocks in his thoughts, after the Wigan pair suffered serious injuries and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
He said: “You have to give credit to St Helens. They’re flying at the minute and they deserved to win, but we probably didn’t help ourselves.
“I’m heartbroken for Tom. I saw his injury and it didn’t look great. I’m gutted for him. We will give him all the support he needs. I’m not sure what Jake has done yet, but I’m hoping he’s okay.”
The Good Friday Derby was Gildart’s first at the DW Stadium and the centre was amazed by the atmosphere created by the 22,050 fans packed inside.
He commented: The atmosphere was amazing. It was probably the best that I’ve seen at the DW Stadium. I loved every minute of it. I just wished we could have got the result.”
The Warriors travel to Salford Red Devils in Round 12 of the Betfred Super League on Monday and Gildart believes it is ideal having a quick turnaround.
“The good thing is that we get to play again in three days’ time,” he said. “We have to make sure we do the right thing, recovery wise, and get back out there.
“We’ve beat them this year so we know what to do and hopefully we can execute our plan like we did a few weeks ago.”