SHAUN Wane has issued an impassioned plea for fans to get behind his besieged Warriors and told them: “We need you more than ever.”
Misfiring Wigan have come under fire for their scratchy start to the Super League campaign.
Our backs are against the wall, everyone is against us. We’re not happy with this situation, we want to get out of it and we’re working hard to do thatShaun Wane
Two wins from six games has left them seven points from pace-setters St Helens – with little more than a week before the Good Friday derby.
Before that, they entertain Wakefield to the DW Stadium tomorrow night and Wane is well aware critics are sharpening their knives.
But he has total confidence in his players and urged supporters to rally behind them.
He said: “I know everyone’s enjoying what’s happening to us at the moment, but I want our fans to get behind us and understand this is when we need them most.
“Wigan fans seem to like the siege mentality – our backs are against the wall, everyone is against us.
“We’re not happy with this situation, we want to get out of it and we’re working hard to do that.”
The Warriors’ two wins have both come at home and Wane draws on recent history to help turn their fortunes around.
“I know we can do it, because this is near-enough the same team which got to a Grand Final,” he said.
“Every year I’ve had crisis talks of some sort – even when we won the double – and that comes with the reputation we have as a club. People enjoy it when we’re struggling.
“But that just makes it more enjoyable when we do turn it around.
“We’ll have our turn. We will be strong, and very soon.
“We’re all upbeat, we all know we’re better than we are showing right now.
“At the start of the season I never thought we’d be in this position. It’s just not us.
“But all I can be in control of now is how hard we work and how smart we work, and we’re really positive because we’re not that far off.
“This game is all about building pressure and we’re not doing that.
“I’ve been saying for a while a team is going to get it, I don’t want to tempt fate but we’ve trained well and we’re confident.”
Wane has named an unchanged 19-man squad and admitted he has little scope to change the squad, given a clutch of absences.
Former Warrior Tim Smith, as well as forward Danny Kirmond – a Super League DreamTeam member in 2013 – are missing from the Wakefield squad after picking up injuries in Sunday’s 44-14 loss to Huddersfield.