After the events of Monday at Salford, is it a case of tomorrow against Castleford Tigers can’t come soon enough?

There is a fair bit of that.

The performance at The Willows couldn’t have been more disappointing, and it was in complete contrast to the way we played at Catalans Dragons just a couple of days before.

As a result, I think it’s fair to say there are a number of players who are looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and put a few things right.

And with several players coming back, we’re confident we can get straight back on track.

There are some who felt you paid the price for leaving out so many senior players, what’s your response to that?

If we’d had our time again and replayed this match we would still have fielded the same team, but we would have expected a little better from some people.

It was our mental attitude to the game that proved a major problem.

We’re not disappointed in not playing the players who didn’t feature, because hopefully we’ll get some benefit from that as the weeks go on.

And it wasn’t a case of all those players who didn’t play being ‘rested’.

At a push, some of them could have been involved, but we weren’t prepared to go down that track, especially as we’re having to back up again tomorrow.

Hopefully, Brett Hodgson, Eorl Crabtree, David Fa’alogo, Lee Gilmour and Keith Mason will, however, all be available to face Castleford.

We didn’t play Brett and Eorl because they were carrying slight knocks, and there is still a slight doubt over Brett’s fitness as we speak.

In the case of Keith, he was still feeling the effects over the weekend of his first full game of the season at Catalans Dragons on the Friday night, like it does for any player.

It would be tough for any player to play their first game of the year and then have to back up a few days later, although his impact against Catalans was very evident.

David was very close to playing, but when you’re dealing with hamstring injuries it’s always wise to err on the side of caution.

We didn’t want to risk bringing him back a fraction too early and then see him go down with the injury again straight away. That can happen.

And in the case of Lee, he’s 32 now and, despite having made a great start to the season for us, that obviously takes its toll on his body.

Such a short turn-around for someone like that can have negative implications further down the line.

Was Adam Walker’s debut one of the few highlights?

He did pretty well, didn’t he?

But, obviously, the circumstances for when he came on could have been far kinder.

The fact the debut was so tough for him was because the opposition were on top throughout the game, which was always going to make it really difficult for him.

Overall, however, he was good and should take some encouragement from the way he played.

I would say he was one of our better players, with fellow prop Darrell Griffin the pick of the side.

I thought he was outstanding.

It was clearly a very tough afternoon for Danny Brough. You must have felt sorry for him?

Danny is new and, although things weren’t good for him, they weren’t for a few other people either.

But he showed against Catalans Dragons a couple of days earlier what a valuable player he will be for us.

On that day he showed that it’s not just his kicking game that makes him such a good player.

At the same time, is it only right to credit Salford for the way they played?


I said before the game they were a tricky team to play against, and that view, unfortunately, hasn’t changed.

Even though they were beaten 32-2 at Warrington on Good Friday, the scoreline didn’t reflect how well they had played. They didn’t deserve to be eight points down at the break.

And they did, of course, beat Hull FC in their previous home game.

That’s because they are a genuine hard team to beat and, for some reason, they do make it difficult for you.

At the same time, however, I just don’t think some of our players showed Salford the credit they deserved.

But even though you knew Salford were a very capable side, did you really see this performance and result coming?

No, not at all.

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we were confident of going there and grinding out a win.

And there was nothing leading up to the game to suggest we were about to produce a performance like this.

Clearly, it’s never easy predicting how things are going to go on the back of such a short turn-around from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Like everyone else, including Salford, we had just the one light training session the day before the game, and the energy of the players looked good. Everything seemed to be going as we would have wished.

But looking at the bigger picture, the good thing for me is that a defeat like this can prove a great lesson and you can learn a lot about individuals at times like these.

It’s quite easy for players to play well when you’ve got all your best players on the field and you’re on top.

It’s obviously a lot harder when things aren’t going your way, and this is when you can learn so much about the individuals in your squad