Super League: Shaun Wane thrilled as Wigan rally to beat Bradford Bulls
Shaun Wane paid tribute to Wigan's "gritty determination" as his side fought back to beat Bradford.
Last Updated: 06/07/13 7:07am
The Warriors trailed 18-4 at one stage in the second half and with four minutes left on the clock they were still behind on the scoreboard at 20-14.
But Iain Thornley's converted try levelled things up and then Chris Tuson evaded the Bradford defence to wrap up an unlikley 26-20 win.
"It was exciting," Wane said. "Fair play to Bradford, they turned up and played really well. They threatened our line and they are busted like us with injuries. It was two equally matched teams and thought they played very well.
"Just to win that game was a great effort from us. We showed gritty determination to stay in it right until the end.
"I knew we had tries in us. We just needed to keep hold of the ball and complete our sets. In the last 25 minutes we did that and we put some tries away.
"I feel like the way we stuck at it until the end, that determination is going to win you big games and today was a big game in a different sort of way.
"In the past, from 2010, we have not found ways to win and that has been the pleasing thing about this season is that we have found ways to win and not played that well."
Wane revealed he hopes to have Sam Tomkins, Lee Mossop and Darrell Goulding back for the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Widnes, but admitted the game may come too soon for Sean O'Loughlin.
Bradford coach Francis Cummins was a deflated man after seeing his side lead for such long periods.
He said: "Sometimes you feel you don't get what you deserve and that is what we are feeling now.
"You know when you come to Wigan that you are not going to get all the possession and maybe not get all the calls you should get that is my opinion. But we gave them a bit back and we played really well.
"We have got eight men out of a 26 man squad really and I thought we worked really hard and tried to pass the ball a lot. I'm pleased with that but I just get a bit frustrated with some decisions, they didn't need any help."