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Ian Watson makes big claim about Huddersfield Giants’ defeat to Wigan Warriors

There are those who claim Ian Watson is under pressure and Huddersfield Giants’ defeat to Wigan Warriors a week removed from a 54-0 defeat at Headingley to Leeds Rhinos didn’t silence those.

But it was a much better showing from the Giants last night up against the Challenge Cup holders even if they did concede early in the game.

A simple move from the Warriors but with some real class from Bevan French whose cut out ball put Abbas Miski in.

Crucially the Warriors scored again just before the break. It was again Miski as Harry Smith and Toby King linked together to create the chance for Miski.

Then at the start of the second half Wigan pulled further ahead with Jai Field dancing his way through to score.

The Warriors nearly had another try but had it disallowed. It would have been a hat-trick for Miski. The try was disallowed for a forward pass from French.

Wigan were soon down to 12 men when Ethan Havard was sin binned but they showed their resolve to deny a try for Chris McQueen.

Eventually Wigan got their fourth with Smith and Field linking together before the latter kicked ahead for Liam Marshall to score.

Former Warrior Jake Bibby claimed a late consolation.

Despite the fact it took Huddersfield 75 minutes to get a try, Ian Watson was pleased with the performance and made the big claim that the score line didn’t reflect the game.

“I thought the scoreboard did not reflect the game to be honest. I thought Wigan had four moments and took those opportunities,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“We had some opportunities and we did not take them.

“I would say it was a big step forward. We looked more like a team. We wanted them to be a team and to play together.

“Not like when it got hard against Leeds last week. We probably just let it roll away from us. I don’t like using the words ‘give up’ because players do not naturally give up but today we stuck at it.

“There is a lot more to be positive about there. They probably had better game management.

“If we had been better with game management especially the first half, I think we are better there and are in a tighter contest than it was then.”

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