Angry Lam pleased by Wigan's second-half showing
Wigan coach Adrian Lam says a half-time dressing down helped inspire his team to a 36-18 victory over Hull KR on Friday.
The Warriors kept up the pressure on second-placed Warrington in the race to finish best of the rest behind St Helens as they recorded an eighth win from their last nine Super League matches.
However, the outcome was in the balance at half-time at the DW Stadium with the two sides locked at 12-12, the relegation-threatened Robins responding each time Wigan went ahead in the first 40 minutes.
George Williams and Liam Marshall crossed over for the home side, only for Ryan Shaw and Ben Crooks to score tries of their own to keep pace with Lam's men.
The Wigan coach read the riot act to his players at the break and his team turned on the style after the interval, running in four tries through Marshall, Liam Farrell, Joe Burgess and Tony Clubb to see off a stubborn Hull KR side.
Lam was pleased with the way his team improved in the second half and has called on his players to keep up the momentum as they chase the runners-up spot.
"I got angry at half-time," admitted Lam. "I don't yell too often but I decided to open up a bit and they responded.
"We didn't start well, we put ourselves under pressure. Last week against Hull FC, we did a lot of numbers in defence and so I knew that was going to flatten us out - but the positive is we found our way and scored nearly 40 points.
"We've got a big month ahead of us and so we've got to stay focused and make sure we finish on our terms."
When asked about how Wigan have closed the gap on on Warrington, who they face next Friday, he added: "It's unbelievable - I don't know how that has happened.
"It seems teams around us are getting beaten but we'll try and improve, and that's why the start was disappointing, we leveled out, and we'll address it."
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