Warrington head coach Daryl Powell highlighted the amount of errors his side made in a ‘dumb’ performance following their exit from the Challenge Cup.
Despite playing against 12 men for 73 minutes following an early red card to Kaide Ellis, Warrington failed to secure a lead at any point throughout the fixture at the DW Stadium.
Powell admitted that his side made at least 14 errors in the 80 minute defeat, with second half tries from Joe Bullock and Josh Thewlis.
And 21-year-old winger Thewlis thought he had won it in the dying minutes, only for the pass from Peter Mata’utia to be ruled forward in a disappointing display.
Daryl Powell on ‘disappointing’ and ‘dumb’ performance
Powell said: “At half-time, I was thinking, ‘What have we done to ourselves?’.
“It was absolutely crazy, it was just complete carnage of a game that we made for ourselves.
“The amount of errors – I think we had eight in the first half, we had four play the balls inside Wigan’s 20.
“We were trying to chase a 12-man team and an 8-0 scoreline. It didn’t really make any sense. So we tried to calm the boys down at half-time, it was only 8-0…there’s nothing in it.
“Then we make two errors straight at the start of the second half.
“Through all that carnage, we’re a forward pass at the end away from winning the game. But it was a really poor performance and so disappointing that we weren’t able to capitalise on what was a pretty big opportunity.
“I think it was forward at the end, I haven’t really got any complaints. I thought they were exceptional and we were pretty dumb, to be honest.
“It was a performance that you want to put in the bin pretty quickly and never do that again.
“We only have one thing to shoot for now and we have to make sure we get that right.”
Warrington boss on reaction to red card
Powell conceded that the red card to opposition loose forward Ellis, 26, also impacted his side’s performance, with desperate attempts to cross the whitewash resulting in an error-ridden performance.
“Some of the errors were just cold errors, just dumb really. But I thought we tried chasing it,” Powell admitted.
“Take the Ben Currie offload for example, you’re chasing points there. He probably tries that 15 times and it comes off once in that kind of situation.
“There were quite a few decision making errors that would point towards that, thinking that you’re only against 12-men, let’s get after this.
“They scrambled exceptionally well and we weren’t quite clinical enough.
“It’s quite hard to say 100%, but I don’t think we handled it well.”