Castleford coach Daryl Powell knows his side will have to improve if they can procure a Super League play-off spot.
The Tigers face a nervous wait to determine whether they have made the best five.
They began with Hull before the fittings and, in case the Black and Whites beat St Helens on Friday, as a result of this loss, their season will be over.
“We turned up tonight wanting to keep it within our own hands but we were not great enough,” Powell told Sky Sports.
“It is disappointing but we’ll find out what happens if Hull see off St Helens then fair play to them.
“For us, well we will have to enhance a reasonable bit on this anyway – particularly the second half. Our attacking game was poor during the night, it was dull but Wigan defended. We’re not good enough at the minute when groups are protecting against us”
Castleford’d Jesse Sene-Lefao to going in with the knees Oliver Partington, delivered .
Powell stated:”We dropped our subject a bit and I just explained to them that we can’t do this – Jesse would never have meant to do this. I don’t believe there was any motive from him he is a man that is pretty and doesn’t head out to do anything.
“I really don’t think there was lots of touch, I thought his knee hit the floor.”
Wigan trainer Adrian Lam paid tribute to his own side in the table as the Warriors secured second place.
As they set up a house play-off tie next Friday against Warrington or Salford, Oliver Gildart, Zak Hardaker, Joe Greenwood, george Williams and Morgan Smithies crossed for tries.
“We weren’t perfect with the ball tonight but I thought we were incredibly amazing,” said Lam.
“The defence happy me , that and using two senior players in Ben Flower and Sean O’Loughlin backagain. I’m very happy they got through the match.”
Lam confessed that the battle with Castleford had been the perfect preparation for those play-offs.
“I said to them at the start of the week that this is the kind of game which we want and need,” the Warriors trainer said.
“I believed it would be down to 2 things, we prepped it would be a two-point game plus it really was half-time.
“Our try-line defence continues to be outstanding. We had been after which we went the other end and scored. That’s brilliant so I was really proud of them”
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