SALFORD Devils managed to leave local rivals Warrington Wolves stranded at the bottom of the Super League table after a 24-14 win at the AJ Bell stadium.
Head coach Ian Watson was full of praise for the commitment shown by his team, and given that they were behind at half time by a slim two-point margin, Declan Patton and Jack Hughes cancelling out efforts from Junior Sa’u and George Griffin for the visitors.
The match officials had to be escorted from the field at the break following several dubious decisions that were made for both sides.
It was to be the Devils’ day though, with Watson full of praise for the way his side managed the game, singling out captain Michael Dobson:
“Dobbo was first class again today. He was just running the game.”
“Lee Mossop has also been immense for us. I know you throw the England players around, but he’s got to be right up there at the moment. He’s one of the best front rowers.”
With players likely to start becoming available after injury and suspension, like Ben Murdoch-Masila, Justin Carney and new signing Todd Carney, Watson is happy to have such a dilemma with his squad.
“It’s a great problem to have. We wanted competition for places, and that’s what we’ve got here now.
“Our non-playing 13 have stepped up this week in training. They have been working on the little things that perhaps cost us at Leeds, and they’ve done that.”
Salfords next home game is against the free scoring league leaders, Castleford Tigers on the 19th of March, after this week’s trip over the Pennines to Wakefield.
Salford (8) 24
Tries: Sa’u 2, Griffin, Brining Goals: O’Brien 4
Warrington (10) 14
Tries: Patton, Hughes, Johnson Goals: Patton
Salford: O’Brien, Johnson, Welham, Sa’u, Bibby, Lui, Dobson, Tasi, Tomkins, Mossop, Jones, Griffin, Flanagan.
Replacements: Brinning, Krasniqi, Kopczak, Lannon.