A week of turmoil off the field at least ended with a win on it for the
Their top four hopes are still alive but they will have to
make a vast improvement if they are to have any hope of beating newly
crowned champions Bradford on Monday or Leeds next Friday.
They struggled to dominate an injury-ridden side fighting for Super
League survival but fed effectively off the scraps that came their way.
Recalled winger Danny Ellison had a remarkable game with a hat-trick of
tries in the first half hour, but it was livewire full-back Jason Robinson
who was the Warriors most potent attacking threat.
"It was good two get two points on the board and we will go to Bradford
looking for a win to get into the top four," said Robinson. "There has
been a lot of turmoil at the club and we have not being doing well but the
lads have had a meeting and we all know we must pull together."
Andy Farrell could only convert one of Ellison's tries and Oldham
clawed their way back into the game just before the break with a David
Jones try and two Francis Maloney goals.
In the second-half Farrell added a penalty but Paul Davidson powered
over and Maloney goaled to put the Bears right back in the game.
Wigan quickly hit back when Henry Paul scooped up a lost ball after a
collision between two Oldham players to set up Kris Radlinski for a try
before Robinson raced 60 metres for a brilliant individual effort. Farrell
added both goals but Oldham would not lie down.
Weak tackling allowed Luke Goodwin to score and Maloney goaled before
Gary Connolly put Andy Johnson in at the corner to seal the Bears fate. A
late Chris McKinney try and Goodwin goal was too late.
Coach Eric Hughes was relieved to secure two valuable points.
"It was a much needed win," he said. "I asked the players to give 100
per cent and they did. Oldham made it tough as they are fighting for their
lives but I don't think the scoreline reflected the game."
Wigan: Robinson, Johnson A, Connolly, Radlinski, Ellison, Paul,
Murdock, Cowie, Hall, Hansen, Haughton, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Holgate
(for Cowie 31), Cowie (for Hansen 67), Johnson P, Tallec, Cardiss.
||Danny Ellison (3)
|Francis Maloney (4)
||Andy Farrell (4)