Castleford Tigers 0 Wigan Warriors 22: Adrian Lam salutes his players

Adrian Lam hailed the character of his Wigan side as they ended a three-game losing run by beating Castleford 22-0.

Jackson Hastings and Zak Hardaker celebrate
Jackson Hastings and Zak Hardaker celebrate

The Warriors were good value for the victory against a below-par hosts, rattling the play-offs-chasing Tigers with an energetic and aggressive defensive effort.

Jackson Hastings scored their only try before the break - ending a run of five halves without a touchdown - with Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall and Brad Singleton adding later tries.

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And Lam admitted he was more pleased to keep their opponents to nil as they claimed a confidence-boosting victory, drawing a line under a difficult period.

He said: "We'll enjoy this for the next 24 hours and we need to, it's been quite an intensive couple of weeks for us, emotionally-draining to be honest with you.

"There's a bit of relief but a bit of grateful, really, because that's what we're capable of doing.

"We've not won here for a long time and the current situation - to come to a ground like this - and keep them to zero was one of the highlights of the year.

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"I thought we were resilient, we missed with a couple of kicks to seal it, but we were persistent.

"We just needed to find a way to find that confidence back and we defended tough, we were resilient and we looked back to the Wigan ways."

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Lam drafted in Sam Halsall onto the wing when Jai Field withdrew on match-day, and the youngster was one of many to impress particularly by defusing Castleford' s high kicks.

"Sam was brilliant, I'm really proud of him," said Lam. "He got a late call today and I knew they'd be kicking to that wing but we call him 'The Bank' because he's so safe, his catching ability is unbelievable, probably the best in our club.

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"And he's brought a lot more than that tonight, I'm really proud of him."

Wigan would have slipped from fourth with defeat but instead, they keep hold of the position and - in a further boost - two of the other sides behind them, Leeds and Hull FC, also lost.

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Lam's side face Warrington on Sunday, at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle, before completing their regular season with fixtures against Hull FC and Catalans.