As appeared in Wigan
Evening Post 18th Man Page - 12th July 2016
18-10 down with twelve men
and just fifteen minutes left on the clock, you just couldnít see any way
for Wigan to win match from that position but they, like so often this
season, found a way to win the game and go top of the table.
Top of the table.
Remarkable given Wigan still have the second worst attack in Super League.
Itís pretty illogical that can be the case but whilst you can dwell on
that and our lowly points difference, I think it is actually showing a
marked improvement from Wigan this season and is far from the massive
negative some think it is.
On the face of it you
might look at the fact we were milliseconds from League Leaders last
season and are up there again and think nothing has changed this year but
in reality thatís not the case.
The fact we won every home
game masked the fact we were absolute garbage for most of the year away
from home in 2015. Horrible losses at Castleford, Catalan, twice at
Saints, the first trip to Warrington and we failed twice at Headingley as
I was doing it, fans were
doing it and Iím sure the players were doing it as well. Coming away from
those kind of games in total and utter dejection. Itís only natural.
This year our away win
rate has gone from 37% up to a massive 80%. Clearly instead of coming home
with dejection, youíre coming home with a consistent build-up of belief
and that is so important.
If Iím honest, I felt last
year that Wigan simply did not have a clue how to win that Grand Final and
I feel that was the case because we hadnít really earned the belief. The
score line at Old Trafford was tight but we never looked close to
troubling Leeds in that last quarter.
Our improved away form
should be massive towards turning that around but also the fact we have
consistently shown that we now do have a clue what to do in tight
TEN times now this season
Wigan have won a game by seven points or less. I mentioned this fact on
twitter on Sunday and a Warrington fan replied ďoh if it had gone the
other way youíd be well down the tableĒ and perhaps heís right, but it
Itís showing great
character and that, along with the improved away form, should be building
up big belief into the Wigan side. Whether it will be enough to see
silverware lifted will be the ultimate test, that is what the season will
be judged on, but itís building confidence for the run in with me thatís