Wildcats try scorer Paul Aiton says the 44-24 defeat at Wigan has to be looked upon as a commendable effort.
Wakefield had to play around 70 minutes with just 12 men after prop Justin Poore was shown the red card for punching Wigan’s Liam Farrell in the face as he floored the second-rower.
The visitors then went ahead to lead 12-10 after two quick scores and even in the latter stages of the game Wigan only led by 14 points after an impressive fight back which saw scores from Aiton and Lee Smith.
You can listen to Aiton’s full interview HERE as he discusses his thought son the round 11 encounter.
“I commend the boys for putting in that effort in being down to 12 men pretty early in the game but you can see what this side can do so to put points on them I think we’ve scored more points against them than anyone else and we only had 12 men so it was a good effort.
“It just shows we can do it, even with 12 men. We can put points on the board but we didn’t win.
“We spoke about it after the game, you have to commend the heart and effort we put into the game because that’s what we can get out of the game.”
At times it was clearly visible the visitors were a man down as the Wigan wingers helped themselves to four tries with full-back Sam Tomkins scoring a hat-trick. Aiton admits it was tough out on the field.
“You could see it out there they were getting us out on the edge and drawing the pass because you have that one man out, it doesn’t sound like much but when you’re out on the field it gives a lot more room to move around.
“The penalties and our own errors, you cut that out of our game and it’s totally different, even with the 12 men so he pretty much touched on the penalties and errors we made.”
Losing Poore wasn’t the only blow in the first half as Richard Mathers hobbled off just before the break with an ankle injury. The full-back is undergoing scans this evening and Aiton reflected on how losing the captain for the day affected things while saluting the visiting support.
“It wasn’t just the send-off, with Mathers missing he’s a big part of the team and that disrupted us as well, Woody came on and did a great job as well so did (Paul) Syksey but it did move us around quite a lot.
“I think you can take a lot out of that, we went over there at the end and for all them to stay and applaud, I’d just like to thank them for even coming. There was quite a few here and it was good to see them.
Aiton also gives his view on the Poore sending off amongst greater in-depth reaction on the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE.
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