Ian Watson – "Happy to get that win under our belts"

Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson was delighted with his sides dominant victory over Huddersfield and feels ‘the boys did themselves proud’.
Watson said: “We’re a good team and this period has been real tough for us and we’re happy to get that win under our belts.
“We’ve not been as good at sticking to our game plan as we were today for a while.
“The intensity with which we started the game I thought won us the energy battle with the likes of Sebastine Ikahihifo and Ukuma Ta’ai.
“They were under the pump early doors and that came to show as they came off pretty early whereas they normally do big minutes – we won that energy battle.
“The big one for us was when we conceded the try and then we pushed them in touch after the next set. That’s the sort of resilience we’ve been talking about in defence and we’ve not had that for a few weeks.”
The Red Devils ran in nine tries in a magnificent attacking display and Watson hailed his right-hand edge as well as Gareth O’Brien who started at half-back.
“We spoke about it on our right edge and executing a few things I didn’t expect us to do it so quickly after half-time though.
“Some of the young lads out there Jake Bibby and Ryan Lannon were fantastic. Young Jake was on that right-hand side and was a last-minute replacement for Greg Johnson.
“Gareth O’Brien was a smart half when he played for Warrington and I love him playing out the back with his ability but Niall Evalds has been good as well so it was well worth the risk moving Gaz into the halves.”

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