WHILE proud of his side for coming through two separate sin-binnings to edge out Huddersfield Giants, Steve Price says some parts of Warrington Wolves’ display were “unacceptable.”

Blake Austin made up for his first-half yellow card by nailing the drop goal which sealed the 19-18 victory – The Wire’s fourth successive Super League win.

With Huddersfield down to 13 players due to injuries, they looked like taking it to golden point after Oliver Russell’s try levelled matters with five minutes remaining before Austin stepped up.

Before that, Gareth Widdop and Tom Lineham had crossed in the second half following Ben Currie’s first try of the season before the break.

Austin and Ben Murdoch-Masila spent time in the bin before the break – Austin for tripping Adam O’Brien and Murdoch-Masila for a shoulder charge that left Matty English needing to be stretchered off.

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Blake Austin is congratulated on the winning drop goal by Gareth Widdop. Picture by SWPix.com

In terms of discipline as a whole, Price was critical of his side but was proud of how they responded to going down on numbers.

“There were some aspects of our game that were unacceptable for our standards,” he said.

“I want to give credit to Huddersfield as they had a red-hot crack.

“The most pleasing thing for us was the 20 minutes we played with 12 men.

“Defensively, we were really sound in defending our tryline.

“To get in at half time with that score (8-8) was a reflection of the hard work they put in.

“We had an opportunity to close out the game but we didn’t play much football in their half of the field. That’s something we need to work on.

“They did really well around the ruck tonight – our ruck control wasn’t what it needed to be.

“It was a very strange game to be a part of. It was very stop-start and ugly to be honest, but we got the win.

“We need to improve our discipline – I wasn’t happy with that – but we can take positives out of scoring 19 points while playing with 12 men for 20 minutes.

“It’s an area we need to look at. I’ll address that with the playing group but I was really pleased with how we responded to it.

“They were coming after us – I think they had 35 play-the-balls inside our 30 and we kept turning them away. Systematically, we were really good there but we need to be better.”

Plenty were calling for Murdoch-Masila to be sent off for the accidental but probably reckless tackle that knocked English out cold.

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The tackle that saw Ben Murdoch-Masila sin-binned. Picture by SWPix.com

Price, though, thought referee Ben Thaler took the right course of action.

“I thought the 10 minutes was fair,” he said.

“Matty English isn’t one of the tallest front rowers around, he fell into the point of contact.

“It’s really unfortunate that he got injured but I thought the sin bin was fair.”

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