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Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith not worried by successive defeats
TONY Smith was a calm head coach after Warrington Wolves’ disappointing home loss to St Helens.
Backing up the previous week’s defeat at Hull KR, it is the first time Wolves have suffered consecutive losses since April 2011.
Smith said: “I saw plenty of good play which is why I’m not too worried.
“We would have liked to have controlled the game a whole lot better, there’s no doubt about that.
“We’re disappointed we had the end result we got but it’s a lot of hard work and a long way to go. We’ll keep on improving.”
After Wolves fell behind 14-0 in the opening 22 minutes, the rest of the game was more even and finished with additional scoring of 10-8 to Warrington.
Smith said: “There was nothing between us after that first 20 minutes. It was that first 20 minutes that really did the damage.
“Saints came out of the blocks quickly, and we’ve done that to teams ourselves.
“And rather than stick with what we had planned and the way we trained, I just thought we forced the issue a little too hard and came up with some silly errors.
“That’s part and parcel with us. We overplay at times and it was just not flowing quite right for the first 20 minutes. After that I thought it was a good strong and hard game.”
Wolves received the ball from the kick off at the start of the game and hardly got a sniff of territory or possession before finding themselves 14-0 down.
“Sometimes that happens,” Smith said.
“The opposition get on a roll and it’s hard to stem the flow.
“I think we were impatient with the ball. We were trying too hard sometimes to make things happen rather than letting things flow and taking the opportunities when they arise.”
Before Chris Bridge crossed for the 79th minute consolation try it was looking like Wolves would only have one try to show for their efforts in the last three halves of rugby but Smith does not believe it shows a lack of potency.
“Lack of patience is the big thing,” he said.
“We’re a bit anxious to try and score too readily.
“We need to compose ourselves and wait for the right opportunities rather than force it.
“That’s how it is at the moment.
“And sometimes when you’re not in that full flow it creates a bit more anxiety and you take the wrong options.
“We’ll be fine and we’ll end up scoring some points again soon I’m sure.”
Smith was also happy to commend the quality of Saints’ defence in keeping Wolves to two tries.
“I thought Saints were tremendous in defence, awesome,” he said.
“Ours was pretty good for most of it but we were slow out of the blocks in that regard in the first half.
“We just made a few mistakes with and without the ball and it cost us.”