Adrian Lam reacts to Wigan Warriors’ win over Salford Red Devils.
Lam: ”I was really proud of our defence; I thought they were unbelievably tough.”
- Wigan Warriors 28-12 Salford Red Devils.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Adrian Lam praised the unity shown by his side following their 28-12 victory over Salford Red Devils on Friday night.
The win meant that Wigan leapfrogged Salford, placing them in the sought-after top five of the Betfred Super League.
On the win, Lam said: “I’m really satisfied with that result. The second 40 wasn’t ideal but they turned up for each other.
“I was really proud of our defence; I thought they were unbelievably tough.
“We were completing sets at 90%, which I told the players is of an international standard. If you do that every week then you’ll be winning or close to winning.“
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On a day that saw temperatures reach the high 20s, the boss explained that conditions had an effect on both teams.
“It was pretty hot, I think both changing rooms at half-time were just gassed.”
With a number of experienced players injured for the Betfred Super League clash, Lam explained how impressed he was with the more youthful members of his team.
“I was really pleased with a couple of young lads having a good crack there as well. I love that as part of this Club.”
Club captain Sean O’Loughlin left the field in the opening exchanges with an injury, leaving Lam’s side down to three substititues for almost the entire game.
On the injury: “Losing Sean O’Loughlin early in the game wasn’t ideal. We were also missing Liam Farrell, Dan Sarginson and Ben Flower, so it’ll be great to have those senior players come back into a team that is pretty confident right now.
“When O’Loughlin went down they could have faltered because he’s such a leader, but we came together instead.”
Lam detailed the injury of O’Loughlin: “It’s his Achilles. It’s one of those ones where you allow him to make the decision. He knows his body and where he’s at.”
Liam Farrell was pulled from the squad before kick-off with a knee injury. However, Lam explained that it wasn’t anything too serious.
“He could have played at a pinch. I just didn’t want to take that risk and instead give Ollie Partington another opportunity and get him some more time in the first team. He’s getting better every week.”
On performances that particularly impressed him, the Head Coach said: “George Williams running with the ball was good, also Tommy (Leuluai) with the ball. Both backs running onto the ball was good.”
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