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Joe Burgess scored the last time the Warriors played at the DW Stadium
Joe Burgess scored the last time the Warriors played at the DW Stadium

SHAUN Wane is targeting a special milestone as Wigan prepare for a return to the DW Stadium.

The Warriors have spent the past six weeks on the road as resurfacing work has been completed at their home.

They get a chance to test out the new surface when they host Salford this Friday night.

And if the third-placed side emerge with the two points, it will mark a year since they last lost a home Super League fixture.

Indeed, their only defeat at the DW during that time was February’s 14-12 World Club Series loss to NRL giants Brisbane Broncos - a game which was level after 80 minutes.

Wane said: “The fans have been great over the last few weeks we’ve been away, and we’ve enjoyed it - it’s been tough but it’s brought the lads together.

“But we like the DW, we have a good record there - especially over the last 12 months - and we tend to go well on a wide pitch.

“I’ve been onto the pitch and it’s really good, the lads will love playing on it.

“I just wish we didn’t have to wait until Friday for the game because the players are hurting.

“It wasn’t our best performance, they undersold themselves, and they’re hungry to make amends and show what they’re about.”

Having reviewed Friday’s 30-14 loss at St Helens, Wane was less critical than his initial reaction in the minutes after the final whistle.

And he is confident the defeat has not dented the players’ confidence following two previous victories, against fellow top-four sides Leeds and Huddersfield.

“We did some good things, I don’t think you could fault their effort,” he said.

“But our error and penalty rates weren’t good enough.

“We’ll address that in the week, but we will go into the game still confident, we’ll be good to go.”

He reported no fresh injuries from Friday’s game, and has no disciplinary concerns.