Wigan still hurt by Wolves loss
Wigan head in to Monday night's Super League clash with Salford still smarting from their defeat to Warrington last time out.
The Warriors were beaten 30-10 by what many consider to be their biggest title rivals, with the Wolves laying down a marker ahead of the play-offs.
That they have since lost heavily to London and could fall three points behind the Warriors if Salford are beaten is of no matter to Wigan coach Shaun Wane, though, who is still feeling the effects of the reverse.
"I am still really disappointed, they played well, we didn't, we made too many errors, we played dumb and you can't go to a place like Warrington like that and win," he said.
"There was not one positive from that game for me."
He does not expect things to get any easier against Salford either, even if they are not in Warrington's class.
"Salford can play, they are a quality team. Phil Veivers coaches them well, they throw the ball around and they do have some threats in the team," Wane added.
"If you watch any Salford games they test you defensively and they troubled both London and Huddersfield recently. On the other side of the coin they can have some lapses defensively and that's an area we need to exploit."
As a side story to the game, Wigan scrum-half Matty Smith will come face to face with the team he started the season with.
The England international was recruited by Wane midway through the campaign after some stellar shows for club and country.
"Matty Smith is looking forward to the game, he had a great time there," Wane said.
"He has a lot of good things to say about the Salford club but he is now a Wigan player and ready with the rest of the team to do all he can to help us win the game."
Salford have seen their play-off challenge evaporate over recent weeks, with defeats to London and Huddersfield leaving them four points adrift of the top eight with three games to go.
With a number of players leaving the club, it is tempting to wonder whether focus has been shifted from qualification.
But, according to experienced Australian full-back Luke Patten, one of the players departing Barton at the end of the year, nothing could be further from the truth.
"Let's get one thing straight right away - rugby league players do not stop trying even if they know they are leaving a club at the end of the season and signing for a rival outfit," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"A player's personal pride guarantees this - trust me.
"When a player who is leaving a club does not perform well, it's easy for fans to assume he is not giving his all and he can become an easy target for criticism.
"Believe me, he will be trying - maybe too hard.
"The fans are entitled to their views but it's fact professional rugby league players take enormous pride in their performances.
"High standards are always set. No-one wants to let their mates down."
Wigan have recalled Pat Richards to their squad for the first time since the 2010 Man of Steel suffered a knee injury in April.