Adrian Lam's frank reaction after Wigan Warriors' Challenge Cup loss

A "devastated" Adrian Lam admits Wigan's players and staff will have to take a good look at themselves after crashing out of the Challenge Cup.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:19 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:22 pm
Wigan faced Hull FC at Headingley

An error-littered display saw them lurch to their first defeat of the year, going down 20-10 to Hull FC in a quarter-final tie at Leeds' Headingley.

Those seeking positives have little to grasp, though Dom Manfredi marked his return after six months out with a dramatic late try.

But that was little comfort for coach Lam who has now failed in three years to get Wigan back to Wembley - they last lifted the Cup back in 2013.

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"It’s not who we are, we need to have a look at ourselves," said Lam, himself a Cup winner as a player in 2002.

"I'm devastated, we couldn't have brought any better form into the game.

"There was a lot of mistakes, we couldn’t build any pressure or momentum, it was really frustrating."

Wigan had won all their previous games this year and they beat Hull FC 10 days earlier in the league, leaving Lam puzzled at this outing - and branding Wigan their own worst enemy.

"We just didn't give ourselves a chance. Kicking out on the full, all that garbage, is not what we're about," he said.

"And in games we've lost during my time here, it's been like that. It's frustrating it's on a day like today.

"I didn't see it coming. We'll address it and dive into it. The players are upset and so they should be.

"As soon as Hull get in front with a kicker like they've got, they strangle you.

"We'll go away from this and we'll be steeled from it, we'll be better for it, but there was just no need for it to happen."

Winger Manfredi was introduced from the bench early in the second-half and his late try closed the gap to six points to set up a nervy finish.

"I was really pleased for him, having him back puts in a better position squad-wise," added Lam.