Wolves too strong for Wildcats
Joel Monaghan scored two tries in Warrington's 26-14 win over Wakefield as the Wolves leapfrogged Wigan in the Super League table to move within a point of leaders Huddersfield.
Warrington scored six tries to Wakefield's three but the winning margin would have been greater had Stefan Ratchford not missed four conversions and had Chris Bridge not spurned another attempt.
The Wildcats only trailed 14-8 at half-time but their fourth defeat in a row virtually wrecks their play-off ambitions.
Warrington were not at their best but went into the clash without skipper Adrian Morley, Ryan Atkins, Richie Myler, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell and Mike Cooper.
Brett Hodgson and Michael Monaghan, however, were back after missing the 40-30 win at Castleford.
The Wildcats were missing Dean Collis, Danny Cowling, Peter Fox and Justin Poore, with Bobbie Goulding making his debut off the bench early in the second half.
Goulding was on Warrington's books as a junior, while Liam Kay marked his first appearance of the season on the wing with a long-range try.
Warrington made a bright start with Joel Monaghan taking only nine minutes to bag his 25th try of the season after a pass from Bridge.
But Wakefield, who had lost their last seven matches against Warrington, drew level when Frankie Mariano did well to collect Tim Smith's high kick under pressure and touch down in the corner.
Tim Smith intercepted a Mickey Higham pass to put the Wildcats on the offensive in the build-up to Mariano's try.
Higham was at the heart of most of Warrington's attacks and the Wolves regained the lead midway through the first half when Hodgson linked up from full-back to dummy his way over.
Wakefield were back on terms after 28 minutes when Tim Smith and Lee Smith combined for skipper Danny Kirmond to power through two tackles.
But Lee Smith was off target with a straightforward conversion attempt to deny the Wildcats the lead.
Warrington frustrated their fans with handling errors but grabbed a fortuitous try when Michael Monaghan's speculative pass took a deflection and Higham pounced to score under the posts, with Ratchford landing his first conversion at the third attempt.
Joel Monaghan just failed to add to Warrington's tally when Hodgson's kick rolled dead to leave the Wolves 14-8 ahead at half-time.
Taulima Tautai pepped Wakefield after his introduction from the bench with Simon Grix forced to make a try-saving tackle on Mariano.
Tautai then went close from Paul Aiton's kick but Warrington gave themselves breathing space with smart handling from Michael Monaghan, Ben Westwood and Bridge putting Joel Monaghan over for his second try to make it 18-8.
Hodgson then put Westwood in the clear for Bridge to stroll over and, although the latter took over the goalkicking, he had no more success than Ratchford with the conversion.
A loose Trent Waterhouse pass was then intercepted by Kay, who raced 70 metres for a try, with Lee Smith's conversion giving the Wildcats renewed hope.
But Chris Riley's touchdown after 66 minutes dashed any lingering hopes.