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Anderson hails effort

Paul Anderson praised the attitude of his Huddersfield players after responding to some harsh criticism with an impressive win over Wigan.

Anderson was furious after his side's capitulation at St Helens in the First Utility Super League last week but they produced the reaction he demanded as they recovered from 12-0 down to beat the Warriors 31-22 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Anderson said: "It was a win based on effort and attention.

"We didn't throw a great deal of rugby at them, we just had to keep telling them to keep playing because we didn't want them to go into their shell. It was about effort and determination.

"It showed we are getting back into some sort of groove, although 20 points conceded is still not good enough.

"I thought we gifted them some points with some poor decisions defensively, but we showed character to come back."

The game was perhaps one too many for Wigan's youthful side, who have maintained good form in recent weeks despite a lengthy injury list.

Two fit-again senior players in Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Bowen got the Warriors off to a good start but Huddersfield responded with 25 unanswered points.

Joe Wardle scored twice while Aaron Murphy and Shaun Lunt also touched down.

Dominic Manfredi pulled one back but Jermaine McGillvary put the game beyond Wigan before a Joe Burgess consolation. Danny Brough finished with 11 points for the Giants from five conversions and a drop goal.

Murphy had threatened a second try when he broke clear from deep inside his own half but he was caught by Burgess and the pair clashed heads. He left the field and did not return.

"He is fine," Anderson said. "He is not happy because he did not want to come off. He is a tough cookie but there is duty of care towards him."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane accepted Huddersfield were worthy winners but did not feel his side had much luck with refereeing decisions.

Wane said: "We had them at 12-0 but they made a few changes and a lot of decisions went against us.

"We didn't handle it well and then in the second half we turned over too much ball.

"That team was good enough to win the game but Huddersfield wanted it more.

"They played like a team that has had a tough week from Paul and we played like a team that has had a pat on the back from me. We weren't really tough today."

Wane did not have the spirit to complain about the standard of officiating, which is a subject that has caused plenty of consternation in Super League recently.

One notable decision saw another Burgess try ruled out by the video referee.

He said: "It is disappointing, but there is no point taking it further.

"I have given in talking about things like that. I thought it was a try but I have come to understand there is no point questioning anything any more. Whatever happens out there I just go with it.

"I am just really disappointed about the game but the best team won today - 100 per cent they were the better team.

"They handled the conditions better than us but we were under pressure when we shouldn't have been."