Salford Red Devils Head Coach Ian Watson remained upbeat despite a 0-30 defeat at Wigan and was pleased with the resiliency shown following large periods of defence at the DW Stadium.

Watson said: “In the second half we defended 28 sets and we only had ball in hand for 11.

“Wigan were really good and showed a patient mentality by getting a lot of repeat sets which meant we had to defend a lot and that’s what winning teams do.

“That’s something we can learn from Wigan. We need to learn to be better with the ball, we turned over too much ball with our errors, but these came on the back of a lot of defending.

“I thought our defensive systems were a lot better which I know is a bit weird when you concede that many points, but they were a lot better tonight. Especially in the first 25 minutes where the game was a real arm-wrestle.


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