Adrian Lam says there were signs of the old Wigan returning in Friday’s 25-12 defeat to Warrington in the Super League. The reigning Grand Final winners have made a stuttering start to life under Lam and currently find themselves down in 10th place, 10 points off early pace setters St Helens.
Friday’s trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium pitted together the two sides that contested last year’s Grand Final, but on this occasion it was Warrington who were far superior, taking an 18-0 lead after an hour through scores from Jake Mamo, Stefan Ratchford and Josh Charnley.
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Converted tries from Tom Davies and Willie Isa gave the Warriors a brief glimmer of hope before Ben Westwood was sent off for the Wolves. However, a Declan Patton drop-goal and a late Jack Hughes try kept the home side in front, as they picked up a second successive win to move to within two points of top spot in Super League.
For Wigan, they have plenty of work to do after four successive losses although Lam is remaining upbeat about the Cherry and Whites turning the corner at some point in the near future. “I’m really proud of the team. I couldn’t be happier,” said Lam.
“I know we lost the game but there were signs there that we’re back as a team. “Obviously there is still some work to do but it was a completely different team to last week. You could see the desperation when we were down to 12 men, we defended like Wigan defend. “We hadn’t seen that as a coaching staff and I said to the coaches in the box ‘this is a turning point’. I thought the boys stood up and, with a bit of luck and a penalty count in our favour, it may have been different.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.