CANDID Lee Mossop described Wigan’s performance at Warrington as one of the poorest he has been involved in.
While the Cumbrian prop has lost high-stakes games before, it was the manner of Thursday’s 17-6 defeat which disappointed him the most.
It’s one loss. We’re not getting carried away with itLee Mossop
But he insists the Warriors will have no problems dusting themselves down as they prepare to welcome Leeds to the DW Stadium next Thursday night.
Mossop said: “It’s one loss. We’re not getting carried away with it.”
He praised Wolves as being “outstanding” but admitted Wigan smoothed their passage to victory with an erratic and error-littered display.
“I think it was one of our worst games in terms of errors,” he said.
“They threw a lot at us and we just didn’t do the same to them.
“We didn’t really make them scramble or do what we could do best, so we’re disappointed. It was a massive game and obviously we’re desperate to finish in the top place and we let an opportunity slip.”
The official statistics aren’t as harsh. Wigan made 13 errors, to Warrington’s 10, and they only conceded one more penalty (6-5) – but those at the HJ Stadium or watching on TV were left in no doubt who produced the better display.
Wigan passed without conviction and the forwards struggled to match the Wolves’ physical pack.
“We’re massively disappointed with how we played,” added Mossop.
“We need to just keep what we’ve been doing.
We are training hard on the field and during the week we’re looking outstanding, but for one reason or another it’s just not clicking in the games.
“Hopefully it’ll turn round.”
WIGAN’S Under-19s face St Helens today, kick-off 2pm at their Orrell training base.
The rivals have lost a game each this season.
WARRIORS coach Shaun Wane may allow some of his fringe players to turn out for Workington on dual-registration in tomorrow’s home clash against Leigh.
Centre Ian Thornley played for the Championship club last week.