Shaun Wane was still “mad” when Liam Marshall crossed late on to secure Wigan’s tense 16-10 win at Wakefield.
But the coach gave his players some leeway for their scratchy performance just three days after a bruising Good Friday derby.
To be honest, I thought we were way off. I gave them some leeway because the Easter period is really hardShaun Wane
Marshall’s try in the 77th minute sealed the victory which kept them in fourth, above Hull FC, on points difference.
“We didn’t play well but we showed a lot of toughness, so I’m happy with the two points,” he said.
“To be honest, I thought we were way off. I gave them some leeway because the Easter period is really hard.
“But I didn’t at half-time - we were completing at 50 per cent, and you can’t win games like that.
“But this is a tough place to come, we’ve found that out before, and I was pleased we got the win.”
Asked if he was relieved when Marshall crossed for his ninth try in seven outings, he replied: “No, I was still a bit mad, to be honest.
“But him and Tom Davies on the other wing have done great, they’ve done everything I’ve asked of them - I’m really pleased with how they’re going.”
Wane admits he mentioned last year’s 62-0 humbling in the build-up - at a time when his squad was hit by a sickness bug. “The players wanted to put it right, because that hurt them,” he said.
Anthony Gelling was sinbinned in an opening half which Wigan led 12-10, thanks to tries by Sean O’Loughlin and Morgan Escare.
French full-back Escare also kicked two goals.
Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: “I thought we did enough to get something out of the game, there were two evenly-matched sides. If we continue to play like that, we’ll win more than we’ll lose.”
Joel Tomkins left the action early but isn’t seriously injured, while Willie Isa should be fit to return to face Catalans on Sunday. Winger Lewis Tierney may also come back into the frame.
Meanwhile, Wane is hoping to discover within the the next 48 hours how long Tony Clubb may be sidelined. The prop has an injury described as a ‘lower back problem’ and is waiting on further scans to determine the extent of the problem.