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Wigan coach Shaun Wane is not stressed out by his side's 62-0 defeat.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane shrugs off record 62-0 loss at Wakefield

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane insists he is not stressed "one little bit" by his side's 62-0 defeat by Wakefield.

Wane was forced to field a patched-up side after being denied the services of 10 front-line players through injury and suspension and watched on as they conceded 11 tries in their heaviest ever Super League defeat by the resurgent Wildcats.

"I'm not stressed one little bit," said Wane, who gave debuts to Jack Wells and Joe Bretherton. "I know what we have and where we're at.

"I don't want to take anything away from Wakefield, let them enjoy their day and if they want to book their coaches to London, let them book them.

"Wakefield were very good today. But I know what we've got in the club and how we can play so that result doesn't stress me in the slightest. Don't confuse that with the games at Catalans and Castleford, where we went with strong teams (and lost heavily).

"I loved the fact that so many Wigan fans stayed behind to clap the players because I'm sure they know the situation we're in.

"We just made it hard for ourselves by giving them too many sets and a combination of us being really lethargic, tired and lacking energy, gave them good field position."

Wigan will have England second rower Liam Farrell back for next Friday's game against Castleford while Wane hopes to have John Bateman, Dom Crosby and Sean O'Loughlin returning from injury.

It was Wigan's heaviest league defeat since a 70-0 rout by Leeds in 2005 while Wakefield's fourth straight win comes just 12 months on from the humiliation of an 80-0 defeat by Warrington.

Stand-off Jacob Miller scored a hat-trick of tries, skipper Danny Kirmond and prop Nick Scruton both got two and scrum-half Liam Finn contributed 22 points with a try and nine conversions but it was the defence that most pleased Wakefield coach Chris Chester, whose side were bottom of the table when he took over last month.

"I thought it was going to be hell of a lot closer," Chester admitted. "I know they've been struggling with injuries and they've had a bug go through the camp but I certainly wasn't expecting that scoreline.

"It just shows what a little bit of belief does to a group of players. From one to 17 today they were outstanding and what pleased me was what they did without the ball. We scored some really fancy tries but to keep a Wigan side to zero points takes a special effort.

"There were lots of special efforts out there today. I think that's probably the best team performance there's been in a long time in Super League. I thought what we did was exceptional and I'm proud of everybody involved.

"They are starting to believe in themselves a bit more. It's been a good few weeks. We need to make sure we're grounded but we're a confident side at the moment and we need to enjoy the journey."

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