ADRIAN Lam won’t accept second best in his bid to restore Leigh’s place in Super League as his players have now discovered.

Unimpressed by his squad’s opening 40 minutes display against Bradford Bulls, Centurions’ unimpressed coach turned on the hairdryer at half-time.

His choice words didn’t fall on deaf ears as Leigh scored 30 unanswered second half points after scraping an 8-4 interval advantage.

“I used to be but not anymore,” he smiled when asked if any tea cups were in danger of being scattered.

“I do lose my temper at times, and I thought this was one of those times when it needed to happen.

“There had to be a bit of honesty at half-time to get the point across.

“I pointed the finger at nearly all of them and told them they had to be smarter and tougher in some areas.

“I was frustrated in the first half and even in the second when we scored a lot of points, we still weren’t who we want to be in some areas.

“It’s a journey we are on and we have got to keep improving and learning what those lessons are.

“They are a smart bunch of men so hopefully they will pick that up quickly. I just thought we should have been better than what we were.”

Substitutes Dan Norman, Ata Hingano and in particular man of the match Mark Ioane escaped some of the criticism.

Ex London Bronco Ioane scored one of Leigh’s eight tries, four days after he and partner Serah Tuialii-Ioane became parents to twins, Maverick and Wendyl.

The babies weighed 6lbs 3ozs and 6lbs 1 oz respectively. Posting on social media, Ioane said: “Parenthood is truly a gift from above. Can’t explain the strength she (Serah) showed through it all to bring our kids safely into this world.”

Next-up for Leigh are York City Knights at the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.

Both teams have won two of their three opening Championship games. Courtesy of points difference, Centurions sit fourth in the table behind three sides with a 100 percent winning records: Widnes, Featherstone and Barrow.

Lam guided Wigan to a 26-0 Challenge Cup last 16 win at York last season. “That was a tough night,” he recalled.

“They are quality side, and they will be fired up. So, we have got to better than what we were (against Bradford).”

Kieran Dixon and James McDonnell are unavailable due to suspension.

Hooker Aaron Smith could be a doubt after requiring a concussion assessment at the end of Monday’s game.

*Leigh’s home Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Widnes Vikings has been selected for coverage by Premier Sports on Monday, February 28 (kick-off 7.4pm).

Lam has confirmed an interest in returning former Wigan, Warrington and Widnes centre Anthony Gelling to the club.

“Obviously he is a player who at this club was very highly respected by his team-mates and staff and administration,” said Lam.

“There is ongoing talk with him coming back to the UK because he is back in New Zealand. That hasn’t progressed too far but we are in the market continuously looking and asking questions.” Gelling played six times for Leigh last season.”