Head coach Ian Watson is pleased with his side’s mentality ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leeds Rhinos, despite some members of the Salford squad being required to self-isolate for two weeks following their win against Hull FC in the team’s restart fixture.
Salford will hope to build on that 54-18 victory, but Watson has been sure to avoid over-analysis during the increased timeframe between fixtures.
Watson said: “I can sit here and I can watch Leeds for five days, but if I can’t give the specific focus to the players, then it’s pointless me doing that.
“We’ve tried to break it down and really try to sharpen that focus so that the players know exactly what’s coming, and what we want to do to counteract that.”
The Red Devils boss only had two full sessions with his team in preparation for this weekend’s match, but Watson believes that will have no impact on how his side perform.
Watson added: “We’ve had two days to prepare for this game really, but it’s been two really good sessions.
“The boys came in giddy like the first time we had a lockdown – everyone’s just looking forward to getting back out there and playing.
“This has been a bit of a disruption – but it’s not an excuse. I’m sure we’ll be in a good place on Saturday.”
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Watson has added a number of fresh face to his squad for the match against Leeds, with Ed Chamberlain, Kevin Brown, Greg Burke and Andy Ackers available for selection.
“That’s a decision you’ve always got to make, what’s best for the team and what’s best for the team you’re playing against as well,” said Watson.
“Certain players will suit playing against them (Leeds) better than some of the others.
“With us going back into lockdown, it’s given other people an opportunity to put their hand up as well.”
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