Assistant coach Danny Orr admitted a lack of consistency is holding Castleford Tigers back so far in the 2018 Betfred Super League.
The Tigers went from their best show in attack and defence against Catalans to an error-ridden performance against an admittedly strong Wigan side and have struggled to put back to back displays together this season.
“We are inconsistent. One week we were great and the next we were very poor,” Orr told the Express.
“We know we are a lot better than we showed against Wigan and we will be looking to put that right this week.
“It was a tough game. They played very well, Wigan.
“Speaking to Ian Lenagan after the game, the Wigan owner, he said that’s the best they’ve played all season.
“They defended well and attacked with a lot of control. They thoroughly deserved the win.
“We were poor. We were pretty poor with the ball and we made a lot of crucial errors, penalties and we let Wigan get out of their half too easy.
“We didn’t seem to apply any pressure at all, things we did the week before against Catalans really well.
“We are a little bit inconsistent with that. Tough game, but if we learn from it - which I am sure we will - we will be a better side for it as well.”
The Tigers were nilled after the break by Wigan and on the disappointment of failing to score in a second half again, Orr said: “You don’t score if you drop the ball.
“We dropped the ball on the first tackle, we dropped it twice on the second tackle, three times on the third tackle.
“Against a very good defensive team like Wigan you could be there all week and you won’t score if you do that.
“We need to be a bit more patient with the ball, look after the ball and get to some kicks, apply some pressure of our own and put teams under pressure.
“If you do that consistently over a period of time, some cracks should start to appear.
“We are usually a good enough team to take advantage of those cracks.
“We are a pretty good attacking team if we look after the ball.”