I think that's a good grind out win considering the sending off late in the first half. Having been pegged back to 16-16 from a comfortable position, it took good mental strength to not collapse in a heap.
As for the sending off it looked very harsh. He was guilty of leading with the forearm but not enough malicious intent to warrant a red card.
That's our fourth sending off this season and we've now had more red cards (3) in the last four home matches than we'd had in the previous 12 Super League campaigns!! For the record the two before this season were Ricky Bibey in a 31-30 defeat at Salford in 2001, which ended Frank Endacott's reign at the club, and Paul Johnson at Castleford in February 2003.
Personally I don't find the red card being shown if consistency is shown. Ali Lauitiiti of Leeds was involved in a similar incident in their game at Warrington a couple of weeks back but was only placed "on report".
Still it showed great character to come away with the victory so good credit to Wigan for that.
Took a while for this game to get going. Couple of very early penalty goals put Wakefield 4-0 inside the first ten minutes whilst Wigan looked asleep.
They eventually woke up and once they got good field position Tim Smith showed a nice bit of class to earn his first Wigan try. He dummied twice to fool Danny Brough and then touched down which together with Pat Richard's conversion made it 6-4 after 19 minutes.
It was another solid display from Smith. Still looks off the pace fitness wise but two big intensity games against Leeds and St Helens coming up should have him in good shape come play off time.
Wigan went further ahead on 24 minutes. Patient build up play was finished with a good try from Thomas Leuluai. He stretched hard to reach over the line close to the sticks and Pat's conversion made it 12-4.
Four minutes later it was 16-4 with Cameron Phelps scoring out wide. He too he proving a useful mid season signing. That's his fourth try in nine matches. Pat missed this conversion out wide though so it remained 16-4 till half time.
However just before the break came that harsh sending off for Richard Mathers which help raise Wakefield's spirits.
They came out second half fired up and starved Wigan of possession. The good territory eventually saw them score two converted tries in three minutes which levelled up the scores.
First ex Warrior Danny Sculthorpe barged over before Duncan MacGillivray was sent over by Danny Brough. Brough converted both and it looked ominous for Wigan.
But without being pretty they ground their way out of the mini mess they'd got themselves in.
A 58th minute penalty goal from Richards was followed up a minute later with a close range dart over from Mick Higham which together with a conversion from Pat put Wigan 24-16 ahead.
The penalty goal came after a high shot from Sculthorpe on Higham which the referee placed on report. Again it's the inconsistency. Mathers got a straight red card but this incident goes "on report". I bet both incidents end up being punished in the week.
Anyway Wakefield came back again though with a score from another ex Wigan prop Oliver Wilkes. Brough converted the try to bring it back to 24-22.
Wigan again could have buckled but another penalty goal from Richards and a late try from Joel Tomkins sealed a 32-22 win. Like I said, not pretty but a good grind out win.