In some games, teams and players have to dig deep in some regard to win, and for Salford’s interim coach Alan Hunte, he believes his side did just that – praising his side’s resolve and resilience in a nail-biting 21-20 win over Huddersfield.
At one stage, the Giants seemed destined for victory and headed back to first on the table as they were leading 20-10, but it was a late Salford comeback led by Marc Sneyd who also kicked the winning field goal, that gave Salford the win.
“Huddersfield threw everything at us and I was worried when they scored two quick tries to make it 20-20,” said Hunte.
“That was a turning point because in the past we would have been dejected but we showed a lot of resilience and stayed in the game.
“We got in an arm wrestle and deserved the win.
“The players needed a confidence boost because they are not as bad as some people have been telling them.
“Some of the criticism may have been justified but the guys have done a lot of soul searching in the last month and our job is to prove the critics wrong.”
The loss now means that the Giants have lost their last two games having lost last week to Warrington, but coach Paul Anderson says he has no complaints about the loss.
“In life you get what you deserve and we came up against an enthusiastic and energetic team,” he said.
“We looked like we had never been on a field together at times but credit to Salford they did not give us anything.
“I am disappointed all round defensively and offensively although Eorl Crabtree was very good.
“It’s easy for an ambitious team like us to play the Wigans and Warringtons but we need a similar attitude against the Salfords and obviously our attitude was not right.”