Salford out for revenge against Catalan

Martin Gleeson admits Salford will be gunning for revenge when they host Catalan this weekend.

The Red Devils have lost just once in their last 11 games, a 38-6 defeat against the Dragons during April, and Gleeson believes the players will be desperate for payback on Friday.

“That last time was the second of our two Easter fixtures, and involved that particularly arduous journey – we also picked up a few injuries, and ended up with players helping out in all sorts of unaccustomed positions,” he told the club’s official website.

“As a result we were well off the pace that day, and owe them one now in return.”

With Catalan parting company with head coach Laurent Frayssinous earlier this week, Gleeson acknowledged that Salford’s job will have gor much tougher.

“It sends a shock wave through their whole squad, and it makes them believe that they have let the coach down, so they all try to buckle down to get everything right in their next game,” he added.

“We will be find them at their best, but we are looking to continue our winning run, and are after those two points to help pull us further up the ladder while pushing them down.

Salford’s excellent run of form has catapulted them to second in the table and boosted the club’s hopes of a strong showing in the Super 8s later in the season. Gleeson says the players must maintain their focus.

“We need to be a bit dogged now in our determination, show fortitude and assertiveness, and have an unshakable confidence in ourselves and what we want to achieve,” said Gleeson.

“This will require us to show real steel in certain situations, and to be completely ruthless, throughout.

“There is still a long way to go, but we are accruing valuable points, and if we go into our next games believing they are winnable, we will win them, which would show a significant shift in both our attitude and confidence.”

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