SHAUN Wane saluted an “outstanding” triumph at Warrington – which he believes would have had critics eating their words.
The coach was thrilled after his team battled to their first Super League victory at the Halliwell Jones since 2010.
Widely written off before the match, they established an 8-0 lead by the break and held on for a 12-4 win.
The result was made all the more pleasing as it was achieved without key duo Sean O’Loughlin and Mike McIlorum – leaving Wane delighted with his players.
“All those people who have been writing us off may regret what they’ve been saying now,” he said.
“It’s been tough since the World Club Challenge and we’re missing Lockers and Micky, but we’re slowly putting performances together. We’re in a good place.
“I thought tonight, we were smart, the halves managed the game.
“They were a lot bigger than us and more experienced, but we were outstanding.”
Liam Farrell’s 10th-minute try and two Matty Smith goals gave Wigan an 8-0 lead at the interval. Blake Green added a further touchdown before Warrington’s Gene Ormsby pulled one back from an intercept.
“I would have preferred it to be nil, in my mind it was nil,” added Wane.
“I said to the players, ‘We threw some stuff at them they couldn’t handle and we didn’t turn it into points’.
“In the second half we were a bit dumb at times, and there are a lot of areas we can improve no doubt about that, but we’re improving, that’s the important thing.
“We had enthusiasm, we were smart, and we were by far the better team. We showed guts across the line-up.”
Wane has rewarded his players with three days off before they prepare for next Friday’s visit of Catalans.
WIGAN’S Under-19s crashed to their third straight defeat in yesterday’s curtain-raiser.
Leading 10-0 at half-time, they were eventually seen off 22-14 by their Warrington counterparts.