SHAUN Wane admits Wigan’s performance was “way off” after a hard-fought 30-24 win.
Injury-hit Hull FC trailed by just two points heading into the final few minutes, before a last-minute Joe Burgess try wrapped up a 30-24 win.
“They are difficult games to go into, mentally,” said Wane. “They were talking about their injuries all week, and there was always a danger going into it.
“I’ve played in those games myself and I know how difficult they are, mentally. It’s my job to prepare the players to be better.
“It’s still no excuse, we could have lost that game. Credit to Hull FC - they played with a lot of passion and scored some good tries - but that was way off our standard.
“We’re disappointed with how we performed. Defensively, in patches, we were poor, but the pleasing thing is we won.”
Another pleasing part of the victory - their seventh from their last eight game - was the all-action performance of John Bateman.
Restored to the second-row after two months in the centres, he scored one try, went close to grabbing a second and frequently impressed.
“I thought he was fantastic,” said Wane, who reckons the 22-year-old will force his way into England contention. “He was very, very good.
“And there were others, too - Lee Mossop had his best game since he’s been with us - but it was one of those games were many players were just a bit off.”
Hull FC coach Lee Radford, missing 12 frontline players, admitted he would have accepted the scoreline before kick-off.
“But in the end, I was disappointed we didn’t get the two points,” he added.
The win moved Wigan level on points with leaders Leeds, ahead of their clash against Catalans on Saturday.
Wane said Sean O’Loughlin and Matty Bowen should be fit for next Friday’s match at St Helens.
Meanwhile, Under-19s players Joe Bretherton, Gabriel Fell, Nick Gregson, Jack Higginson and Luke Waterworth have been promoted to the senior squad for 2016.