Wrong attitude leaves a bitter taste for Wane

Wigan's Dom Crosby and Liam Farrell

Wigan's Dom Crosby and Liam Farrell

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WARRIORS coach Shaun Wane typically pulled no punches after watching his side crash to defeat at already-relegated Bradford which virtually ends any chance of them winning the League Leaders’ Shield.

Wigan couldn’t build on taking an early lead and went down 16-8 at Odsal, a result which leaves them four points behind arch-rivals St Helens with only five games remaining.

Asked if he was bitterly disappointed, Wane replied: “No, I’m worse than that. I’m angry and we got what we deserved – absolutely, straight between our eyes.

“I must commend Bradford. They were the best team and they fully deserved their win.

“I’d have been embarrassed if we’d have won that at the end.

“We have to be mentally tougher than that – that’s the disappointing thing.

“I know on our day we can perform a lot better than that, and that’s down to me as head coach. I have to take it on the chin.

“Our attitude wasn’t the correct one today. And that’s down to me.

“It was far from anywhere near acceptable for me, just not good enough. but the players know that.

“Coming to Bradford was always going to be a tough one with what’s happened to them. But we turned up with the wrong attitude and got exactly what we deserved.

“It’s hard to get into the minds of the players but I thought our preparation was really good this week.

“I’m not really bothered what we do at Orrell, though. I’m bothered about what happens in the 80 minutes here, and what we dished up wasn’t good enough.”

Despite registering the first try through Dom Manfredi - who later added his and Wigan’s second - Wigan simply weren’t at the races across the board.

“We had something like 35 per cent completion in the first 20 minutes, we conceded so many penalties.