Shaun Wane has warned Wigan’s critics to “get into us at your peril”.
The Warriors made a strong start to this season to climb to second in the Super League ladder.
But after three straight defeats, they have come under fire from some quarters.
Wane, though, has guided Wigan through rocky spells in the past and their tumbling fortunes has not dented his confidence as he prepares for tonight’s game at Hull FC.
“I could understand it if we were down at the bottom, but we’re not,” he said.
“We’re clearly not playing well, but we’re second in the competition, and we’ve been in worse mess than this in the past and got out of it.
“You can get into us at your peril, but I’ve got a strong bunch here.
“I’m not down, one bit, and neither are the players. They’re pumped and ready.
“We’re a big club, people make a big thing out of anything that happens here. But we’re a tightknit group. I’m happy to let people think what they think.”
Wane has won nine of 10 trips to the KCOM Stadium since being promoted to the first-team set-up in 2010.
And after seeing “a different animal in training”, he thinks his players are poised to snap their losing streak which has taken in defeats at Hull KR, Warrington and Wakefield.
“We’ve look at things in a different angle, present them in a different way and try and spark something with the players,” said Wane.
“We need to play early on, from the fourth minute once we’ve got over the tough start. We didn’t do that against Wakefield and it burned us.
“If we get bet back into that winning groove again, and hopefully it goes away. Until we get a decent win, it’s going to carry on.”