Daryl Powell: We took a step backwards, I’m not making any excuses

Daryl Powell Warrington Wolves

Warrington coach Daryl Powell pulled no punches following their 40-22 defeat to Wigan, admitting his side’s pride had been dented.

The Wolves conceded seven tries against Wigan at home on Friday night, with the Warriors finishing comfortable 40-22 winners.

Warrington have endured a poor start to the season, having lost seven from 12 in all competitions.

Speaking after their defeat to Wigan, Powell said: “There’s a bit of pride dented.

“It is a tough changing room, you don’t want to be too hard on the boys at the moment. The same players have played four games over a short period of time and that’s tough.

“It was a poor performance tonight against a team that is going pretty well. They’ve got combinations a bit more embedded than us at the moment but I’m not making any excuses. I thought they were too good for us.

“I thought we’d improved before this game but we took some steps backwards.

“They’ve got one of the most dangerous players in the comp (Jai Field) at the moment and we didn’t deal with that real good.”

Daryl Powell: We need to work hard to get to where we want to be

Warrington were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Wakefield in their first round of this year’s competition. With it being the cup semi-finals next weekend, the Wolves have a week off and Powell hopes his side can re-group over this period.

He said: “The one thing this month gives us now is get a little a bit of time to work on our combinations.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ve got Catalans and St Helens this month but we’ve got some time to do some work which we’ve had none over the last four games.

“I’m not making excuses for anything. We’ve got to work hard to get to where we want to go.

“You hope you can do some work that we haven’t been able to do and hope to improve. Individually, defensively we’ve got to sort some things out there. Technique-wise, there are some things we need to improve on. Collectively, combinations and being able to keep teams out.”

Powell confirmed young half-back Riley Dean suffered a scratch to his eye in the defeat to Wigan.

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