SHAUN Wane has urged his Wigan side to kick-on – branding their three defeats so far this season as “unacceptable”.
The Warriors travel to Salford tonight aiming to get back to winning ways following their narrow loss against Warrington a week ago.
That defeat saw Wane’s side lose ground at the top of the table after failing to pick up results against Widnes and Huddersfield.
Wane has lambasted his side’s defeats this season as unacceptable and wants an immediate response from his players tonight when they visit the Salford City Stadium for the first time in the league, following the 16-10 pre-season friendly victory in January.
The boss is refusing to press the panic buttons though, pointing to the competitive nature of all of those losses and the fact that his players always put up a fight.
He also drew comparisons with a disappointing run early last year when defeats against Warrington and Catalan sandwiched a draw at Leeds during a disappointing three-week period.
Wane said: “I’m conscious that we have lost three games.
“But it was alarm bells for a stage last year and we went on to win the Challenge Cup, which shows how things can turn around.
“That said, it’s not acceptable.
“In those three games we could have won them all, but rest assured we are working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Wane says the players have been upbeat following their 22-20 dramatic loss to the Wolves, who face St Helens tonight.
Once again, Wigan were well in the game throughout the evening and would have got something from it were it not for a 40-metre penalty kick from Brett Hodgson.
And Wane is now urging his players to take it out on Salford.
“The lads are hurting,” said Wane. “And hopefully Salford will pay the price.”