Wigan still hurt by Wolves loss

Shaun Wane is expecting a tough test from Salford

Shaun Wane is expecting a tough test from Salford

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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 alot 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."

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