Warrington Wolves are back top of the league but it was more hard work than many expected against winless Wakefield Trinity last night.
12-all at halftime, the Wolves only began to pull away when Kevin Proctor was sent off for a high tackle.
The Wolves went on to win 32-18 with Matty Ashton scoring twice having signed a new deal this week.
However, it seems Warrington fans are beginning to worry. One fan claimed it was a “poor performance” and a top team would have “humiliated” them last night.
Got there eventually, if that was a better side we'd have got humiliated. Poor performance.
— Josh McCluskey (@JoshMcCluskey8) May 5, 2023
Another fan echoed the “poor performance” remark but hoped the Wolves were just saving energy after all, top teams often have games like that.
Poor performance! No desire. Hopefully just conserving energy for what’s to come. Need to keep standards up
— Cedric B (@darren_shire) May 5, 2023
One fan did give deserved credit to Wakefield as they pushed the league leaders all the way. Hope yet for Mark Applegarth’s side?
We made hard work of that . Well played Wakefield . But good to be back on top
— Deadman (@Deadman04032758) May 5, 2023
One fan warned that the Wolves would have to be a lot better against Hull KR with the Robins in red hot form.
Made hard work of that until Wakey down to 12. Will need a big improvement in intensity to beat HKR. Some good tries though. Top of the league!
— Ian Y 💙 (@cheshian) May 5, 2023
That said, another supporter claimed that Daryl Powell’s honeymoon period is now well and truly over.
Unconvincing to say the least.Honeymoon for Powell is def over.
— Runningman 🏴🇺🇦 (@frankieJnr66) May 5, 2023
The Wolves’ defence was highlighted with the fact Wakefield scored more points against them than five clubs combined.
Wakey scored more away tries at Warrington tonight than they did at Wigan, Leeds, St Helens, Castleford & Wigan (again) *combined* https://t.co/TSfiQP5OT2
— GTT (@Ad_Iudicium_) May 5, 2023
However one fan summed it up well acknowledging the disappointment in the performance but the fact the result is the main thing:
Only just and playing a side with a man down
But hey, who cares
WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE, WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE
— Matt (@Blackgold250876) May 5, 2023