NATHAN Brown said that the performance was “for the fans” after Saints beat Wigan 22-16 on Monday.
His side recorded a dramatic late try – and a great win – to send Langtree Park into raptures.
“I thought it was a good result!” Brown said. “Our defence was as good as it has been at any stage of the year. We hung in there and it was great.
“In the last 20 minutes we were down to one sub and poor old Paul Wellens ended up playing in four spots. The boys showed good character.
“We dropped the ball, they scored and then we defended our line for a long period. That was the difference in the game really. I’m really happy for the players, they have been working hard all year, and the fans too. It was pleasing to produce something for them.”
He continued: “I thought Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook stood up and played well. He’s found his right position and that helps. Joe Greenwood went back out there and rewarded his teammates’ faith with that try. He has a long way to go and some decisions to make. He has a lot of talent and I’m confident he will be a good long term player for the club.
“Adam Swift was terrific too I thought; he had been pushing permanent spot before London and then got injured. He’s come back and done well at Whitehaven. He will develop and has a lot of good years ahead of him.
“You don’t coach for yourself, I just love doing it. Today was great for the staff, the medical team, coaches, strength and conditioning staff, the players and fans.
“It has been a tough time and the players and fans care and are emotional. The players want to compete for them. We’ve had five or six decent weeks and now we have to maintain that and keep on improving.”