Wane: The best team won
Angry Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his side "got what they deserved" as they slumped to a shock defeat at already-relegated Bradford.
The Warriors were massively out-of-sorts during their 16-8 loss, a result which leaves them four points behind Super League leaders St Helens with just four games remaining.
And Wane refused to pull any punches after the game, saying the best side won.
"I'm angry and disappointed, but I must commend Bradford. They were the best team and they fully deserved their win," Wane said. "We got what we deserved, absolutely, straight between our eyes.
"We have to be mentally tougher and I know we can perform a lot better than that. That's down to me as head coach - it was far from acceptable but we know that. We turned up with the wrong attitude and got what we deserved.
"But we'll bounce back and we'll be ready for Salford. We normally don't give many penalties away but we did today when we defended because we were loose.
"I don't want to take anything away from Bradford. It's sad what has happened to them but they deserved it today."
The Bulls are merely playing for pride in the remaining rounds of the season, but boss James Lowes - who grabbed his first win as head coach with the result - said it was no less than his squad deserved after a tough week in training.
"I'm not delighted for myself - I'm delighted for the boys. They've worked extremely hard since I've been at the club and I'm overjoyed for them. It's not about me, because some of the stuff we've done in training paid off in a big way today," Lowes said.
"Defensively they worked so hard for each other, and that's a lot to do with what we do in training. You need belief in yourself, and the efforts they've put in through training have been second to none, and that's how you build belief. You get self-confidence and that grows through you.
"There's still a couple of occasions where we were just a bit loose, particularly on Wigan's line. But the other side of that was how hard they hard to work in defence, and they really did. That's down to them, and down to their efforts each and every day in training.
"We spoke about not throwing the towel in - we know where we are now and some of the lads don't really know what's happening with their rugby next year.
"We were tested on plenty of occasions again today but we stood up really well and I could see a performance like that coming today."