Shaun Wane quelled talk of any worries at Wigan over their recent form – saying there is ‘absolutely no panic’ despite falling to a third consecutive loss on Thursday night.
The Warriors remain winless since news of Wane’s impending departure broke recently – and they have now scored just four tries in three games after falling to a 32-16 defeat at Wakefield.
Despite that – plus their recent off-field issues – Wane admitted he saw an improvement in his side on Thursday.
He said: “We’re second in the comp’. We have to improve, I don’t like losing, but there’s absolutely no panic.
“At the minute, if we’re feeling sorry for ourselves we need to get out of that and be professional. But I don’t feel like last week.
“There was effort today – we got ourselves back into it. We just need to be smarter, better, work harder; but I was happy with the effort. The players know people are enjoying the position we’re in, and that was a motivating factor for us when we won a Grand Final (in 2016).”
Wane also insisted the performance of referee James Child had nothing to do with Thursday night’s outcome – but admitted he was frustrated by some decisions made.
“Some of the penalties weren’t deserved, but some were,” he said.
“There were some shockers, missed 50-50s… they (the referees) don’t want to get better, they just want to fine you. It’s frustrating. But that’s no excuse why we lost – Wakefield were the better side.”