Shaun Wane has dismissed concerns about the form of his Wigan Warriors side ahead of the Super League play-offs.
The Challenge Cup winners lost 20-6 to Leeds Rhinos
on Thursday, a seventh defeat in nine league games, that saw them slip to fourth in the table.
"I'm not concerned at all. We've played well this year," said head coach Wane.
"The players can do it and have done it. We did some good things against Leeds, so all that talk about being concerned is pure rubbish to me."
Wigan led Super League by five points in June and, despite their
run to Wembley in the Challenge Cup,
they slumped alarmingly in the league to finish behind Huddersfield, Warrington and the Rhinos.
In seven league fixtures against those three teams, Wigan have won just once, drawing another and losing the other five.
The Warriors face Huddersfield on 12 September for a place in the play-off semi-finals, although the defeated side in that fixture will get a second chance to plot a path to the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 5 October.
recently had his contract extended
at the DW Stadium, told
BBC Radio Manchester:
"We've got some huge games in front of us and we need to improve our performance.
"We are aware of that but I've got the players to do that."