SHAUN Wane refused to get too downbeat as Wigan surrendered their perfect five-year Easter record.
The Warriors went down 24-18 in a tense encounter against much-improved Salford.
They had chances to snatch victory in a dramatic finish, in which John Bateman and Weller Hauraki were both sinbinned and then sent-off for fighting.
Wane admitted Good Friday’s epic 12-4 victory against St Helens - and their mounting injury-list – had taken its
Until yesterday, Wigan had won all of their 22 fixtures bookending Easter going back to 2010 – the year Wane became a part of the first-team set-up.
He said: “It’s disappointing as we’ve had a good record over Easter but that’s life.
“If you look at our dressing room, you’ll see players in clothes who didn’t play and we’re doing okay. We had eight starters who didn’t play, and we still could’ve won, so I’ll probably be in a good mood
tomorrow when I think about it.
“Friday took a lot out of us – Saints got beat today too – and we still had chances to win
Wane admitted Salford deserved the two points, which saw them overtake Wigan and replace them in third spot in the Super League ladder.
“I don’t think we tested them, the best team won,” he added.
“We were a little dumb with the ball and there were unforced errors, which weren’t us. We could’ve still got it.
“There were lots of spells in the second half where there were lots of plays which we could’ve scored from.”
The defeat came at a
cost, with Tony Clubb limping off with an injury to his
hip-flexor, though he hopes
he is fit to face Catalans
at home on Sunday.
He will have to wait and see whether Bateman faces any action for two separate fights with Hauraki, which saw them both sinbinned and then sent-off minutes after returning to the pitch.
“It just seemed like there were loads of blokes running in and nothing happening,” said Wane.
“I was at pitchside for the last one but the Monday games are always tense affairs and I can’t imagine anything coming off the back of that.
“I just saw John get punched a few times and I don’t know what the ref’ wanted him to do, other than carry on getting punched – but I need to look at it in detail before I comment in any depth.”