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Wigan Evening Post 18th Man Column - 28th April
Posted by Bilko on April 30 2015 - 15:59

That win at Wakefield should be dedicated to all the Midwives of Wigan and also any supporters who have just given birth, because it ended a run of nine months without an away victory.

Given that poor away form, perhaps we should have just be happy with any old performance?

For me though, whilst it was a good result, I was ultimately frustrated by the performance. After the classy display of attack against Warrington, this one was a bit of a let down.

I don’t think the attendance helped to be fair. This was hardly a ripe pick for a Sky match, never mind a Thursday one, and the crowd of 3,107 was the lowest heartlands league gate Wigan have played in front of since a trip to Sheffield in 1994.

The attack was often lacking patience and the defence was very questionable at times but it was the lack of game management and awareness that frustrated me most.

Having seen us blow leads at both Widnes and Hull KR earlier in the season, I thought Wigan had learned lessons given the evidence of recent games but they got me wound up good and proper this time.

The game clock is always visible at grounds these days, so surely players should be aware of the time? So with a 24-12 lead with a minute to the interval, you’d think it’d all be about seeing out that time comfortably? Wigan instead gave away two penalties and let Pita Godinet score a soft try with three seconds left on the clock.

That put Wakefield back in the game but it was ok. Wigan soon got back their two score lead back second half. That was only for Taulima Tautai to throw a ridiculous offload twenty metres from his own line that Wakefield gobbled up to score.

We had another later in the game when Ben Flower knocked on in his own quarter. I was steaming doing the radio commentary if I’m honest. I just think Wigan need to be wiser than that, especially away from home.

Saying all that though, I think it has been an excellent month for Wigan. The atmosphere is a lot more positive than at the start of April that’s for sure. Ryan Hampshire and Dom Manfredi have lifted the threat level in the attack with the best being brought out of Anthony Gelling especially.

Our next two games are against Hull KR and Castleford, two of a long list of teams chasing us inside the Top Four. That chasing pack can’t just look up though, they also have to be wary of being in the Top Eight at the split. It’ll be good for us to keep nudging clear of that.

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