Widnes boss Denis Betts admitted his team were outplayed at St Helens on Friday after the home side secured a comfortable 26-10 victory.
Leigh’s win against Wigan on Thursday sent the Vikings back to the bottom of the Super League table and they never looked likely to climb back above the Centurions against the resurgent Saints.
“We got beaten by a better side and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say that – we just didn’t have enough to get over the line,” said Betts.
“We should have got off to a scoring start as Charly Runciman goes over and he should score. We had a chance and they took their opportunities we didn’t take ours.
“In the second half we didn’t have any ball and did an awful lot of defending. It was one of those times where they built pressure and got the job done.
“They fell over the line with (Alex) Walmsley and that was a soft try to concede. They scored again in the corner and that was it.
“It’s disappointing as we had turned a corner in the last month or so. We have started getting bodies back but today I hold my hands up and say they played better than us. I don’t want to make excuses.
“We just got beaten by a side who played particularly well today. They manufactured two quality tries in the second half.”