O’Loughlin hails Widnes despite Wigan’s disappointment

Wigan loose forward Sean O’Loughlin has given Widnes credit for the performance which saw them hold the Warriors to a 22-22 draw on Friday evening.

The Vikings played with 12 men for much of the game, after Patrick Ah Van was given a red card in the first half by referee James Child.

The home team showed great determination, though, and fought back from a 16 point deficit to earn a draw against O’Loughlin’s side.

“It was disappointing, especially with them having a man sent off, we should have taken advatantage of that,” said the Wigan skipper.

“Big credit to Widnes, though, they dug in and worked hard for each other.

“We were dominant, but probably played into their hands a little bit, and allowed them back into the game.

“There’s tons of stuff to work on, but I’m just disappointed at the moment that we didn’t get the two points.

“It’s a point won for Widnes, but a point dropped for us.”

While O’Loughlin felt that Wigan were not ruthless enough in exploiting their one-man advantage, he believes that they were not allowed to perform at their best by a determined Widnes team.

“We only played into their hands because they forced us too,” he added.

“So it’s big credit to them, but we should always capitalise when we’ve got an extra man, and we’ve not done that.”

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