Watson: Everyone played their part after Leeds


The whole Salford squad played their part in helping to provide a positive response after the previous game against Leeds, according to club head Ian Watson.

The Red Devils claimed all two points for the second time this season with a 24-14 victory against Warrington at the AJ Bell Stadium yesterday.

“I just paid tribute to our non-players today,” Watson said.

“We felt the Leeds game we had a rough call but there were still things we could’ve done better and we asked the non 13 to step up in training to help us counteract them.

“Warrington tried a few little things what would’ve got us against Leeds which didn’t happen because of how well the team and squad had prepared.”

Watson was pleased with the steel his side showed and the way they reacted to a few controversial calls.

“There were a few rough calls but we carried on working and came out the other side,” he said.

Watson reserved special praise for halfback Michael Dobson and the way he dictated the tempo of the match.

“Dobbo’s game management was first class,” he added.

“He was just controlling the game.”

“It was pleasing as a group and as team really.”

Lee Mossop was another individual that stood out for Watson.

“Lee Mossop’s firing for us at the moment,” he said.

“I know you talk about England players but he’s got to be right up there at the moment.

“He’s been one of the best front rowers.”

With Four games gone Watson is largely happy with the progress his team have made.

“I’m really pleased with where we’re at right now,” he said.

“Everyone kind of wrote us off in the first month and said we wouldn’t really get a win.

“To get two with the potential to have secured three is great.”

To come out on top against last year’s grand ginal runners-up Warrington will serve as a massive confidence booster, according to Watson.

“I think it will give some belief to the players and the belief in how good we actually are as a team,” he said.

“Sometimes little bits are turning points which affect us in the game so like the little 50/50s kind of gone against us and that’s affected our confidence whereas today it didn’t.

“To do that against a very good team like Warrington will give us a boost.”