WARRINGTON Wolves head coach Daryl Powell felt the scoreline flattered Wigan Warriors and that their effort deserved more than the scoreboard suggested.

The Wire fell 32-6 at the DW Stadium Stadium after they conceded 28 points without reply in the second half.

Wolves have now conceded over 30 points in 11 of their Super League matches this season and remain third from bottom four points clear of their next opponents Toulouse Olympique but Powell believes their effort was not in question last night.

Powell said: “If you look at the first half we could have been 18-4 up. We dropped the ball on a kick, George Williams could have scored himself but he throws it forward, Matty Ashton tries to pick that ball up instead of putting it on his foot.

“We are not taking our chances. We had another two chances in the second half. The pivotal moments are going against us.

“There is nothing in that game. You look at the scoreline, it’s not that kind of game.

“That was not a lack of effort game. I’ll fight anyone who says that’s a lack of effort. It isn’t.”

He said on Sky Sports in his post-match interview that he felt some criticism of his team of late has been unfair.

"First and foremost I thought we were pretty good," he said.

"If you look at some of the tries we conceded, they were disappointing - quite a few from kicks.

"If we'd taken a couple of opportunities in the first half we'd potentially have been 18-4 up.

"The fact remains that they took their chances and we didn't. And that's the difference in the game.

"We have some areas that we clearly need to be better at but we've got to get ourselves playing at the level we were at for large parts of that game and be consistent with it.

"We had Matty Ashton intercepts at 14-6, plays the ball, a pivotal moment because they pick it up and end up scoring.

"I think the scoreline just chipped away at us. We had another line break where the final pass just doesn't happen.

"The difference is just taking opportunities in this game. That's a harsh scoreline, everyone can see that. There's a lot of rubbish being spoken at the minute and I thought the boys worked really hard and battled through everything.

"This Wigan team at the moment are taking their chances and doing it well. And they can build a scoreline pretty easily. For me, I was really happy with the effort and commitment and I thought the fans really got behind the boys.

"And they need to keep doing that because you can see they're really working hard.

"We just need to win next week. I thought we played really well in large parts tonight so I think there is some unfair criticism.

"We are in a tough spot. There is some criticism that is fair, but we're looking at the future and building something special and whilst it looks tough at the moment we need to win a game next week. That's where we're at at the moment, there's no point in looking at anything else and putting your head in the sand. It's about putting your chest out, being tough and cracking on to next week."

Wigan coach Matt Peet admitted his team’s performance gave him the most pride out of any game this season.

Warriors hit back from 6-0 down to score six unanswered tries, with Liam Marshall running in a hat-trick for the second game in succession.

Although Peet was pleased with the tries and the 32-6 scoreline, he admitted he gets more pleasure from the defensive side of things.

He said: “In my gut, I feel really proud and probably the proudest I have been all year. We beat a determined team with a load of good players.

“Our effort and desire when things were not going our way – I can’t wait to see the images of us chasing back and scrambling, diving on loose balls.

“It’s that togetherness and commitment that the lads have got towards each other which makes me feel good. The lads should be extremely proud of ourselves.”