Wigan coach Shaun Wane has admitted that he was left bitterly disappointed by his side’s draw at Widnes on Thursday night.
The Super League opener provided plenty of entertainment for neutrals, and ended in a 22-22 draw. But Wane was dissatisfied with the way things turned out.
“I look at it as a point lost,” he said.
“It was disappointing how we turned up in the second half.
“There were some good things in the first half, but we just couldn’t carry it through in the second half.
“We just couldn’t close them down. We gave them opportunities by giving penalties away and bombing tries too often.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t find that killer instinct.
“We need to be better than that, as a team and a club.”
Referee James Child found himself in the spotlight at the Select Security Stadium, with a first-half red card for Patrick Ah Van meaning the home side played much of the game with 12 men.
Wane felt that the referee did his own team no favours in the second half.
“Some of the penalties weren’t deserved, but you’re always going to get that when you have a player sent off, they’re always going to try and even things up,” he added.
“We allowed that to happen. We need to be smarter than that.
“We didn’t get tight enough in cotact, and we gave the referee a way of giving them good field position.
“I expect us to have a more complete performance next week, and I’m sure we’ll do that.
“We’ll learn from the things we did in the first half. If we do that for 80 minutes then we’ll put teams away.”