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Ian Watson confirms 19-man squad for Wakefield game

Ian Watson has named his 19-man squad ahead of Friday night’s crucial Super 8s clash with Wakefield Trinity.
Kris Welham returns to the side after missing the Red Devils last two Super 8s outings. Fellow centre Junior Sa’u remains in the squad and will be looking for his first start since the Challenge Cup semi-final.
Full-back Niall Evalds is left out of the squad while forward Ben Murdoch-Masila and half-back Michael Dobson are both also absent.
Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan, Lama Tasi and Connor Williams are all out for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Tickets are still available for Friday’s game against Wakefield with fans able to purchase over the phone, at the club ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Niall Evalds – "Gear up for a big backend to the season"

Salford full-back Niall Evalds accepts it’s been a difficult few weeks for the Red Devils but feels some time off could benefit the side.
Evalds, sponsored by Dog and Partridge & Sounds of Salford, said: “It’s been a tough few weeks for us we’ve been patchy with our form and we’re struggling to put some performances together.
“We’re trying to concentrate on our own performances and not look at the sides around us but things haven’t gone to plan lately.
“We’ve played every week since the start of the season we’ve not had any east games in the Challenge Cup either meaning no chance to rest anyone.
“It’s been virtually whoever is fit has played every week so there’s a few tired boys out there and that can be seen in our performances.
“But, we’ve got a bit of time off now to train and recover and hopefully we’ll come back ready for the next game against Wakefield.
“We can spend some time with family and friends, relax, and gear up for a big backend to the season and try and get it back on track.”
Evalds has been a regular starter at full-back over the past few months however did spend the second half in the centres following the introduction of Gareth O’Brien.
Evalds said: “I’ve always thought I was a full-back but I’ll play wherever Ian Watson and the boys need me.
“I played a bit of centre in the second half and went okay but I feel full-back is my main position and there’s a bit of competition with Gareth O’Brien which keeps us both on our toes.
“I’m really happy to be playing regularly and hopefully the results will come back soon.”

Wigan Warriors 42-6 Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils fell to defeat at the DW Stadium against a Wigan side who now climb above Salford in the Super League Super 8s table.
Salford had some sustained pressure on the Wigan line in the opening five minutes but, in fact, it was the Warriors who opened the scoring. George Williams’ low kick was met by Sean O’Loughlin who finished well under the posts.
Wigan then took the upper hand scoring four more before the break. Joe Burgess rounded the Red Devils defence from a scrum before Liam Farrell powered over from close-range.
Burgess would grab his second of the evening midway through the half after a looping pass from Williams put the winger clear down the flank. Sam Powell finished the scoring for the first half as he latched onto a low kick. Williams converted three from four meaning Salford went into the interval with a 26-point deficit.
Ian Watson’s side again started the half strongly but conceded first. Farrell broke from deep before finding Burgess who raced into the Salford half but it was Williams who finished the move for the Warriors. Frank-Paul Nuuausala forces his way over a few moments later to continue the hosts dominance.
The Red Devils did get on the scoresheet with just under fifteen minutes remaining as Niall Evalds, who moved to centre in the second half, climbed highest to claim a kick to the posts and plant the ball down much to the delight of the travelling Salford fans.
But, Wigan had the last laugh as Liam Marshall scored out wide on the back of some quick hands from Sam Tomkins and Anthony Gelling.
Wigan: Tomkins, Marshall, Gelling, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Nuuausala, McIlorum, Clubb, Bateman, Farrell, O’Loughlin. Interchanges: Isa, Sutton, Powell, Tautai.
Red Devils: Evalds, Vatuvei, Bibby, Jones, Johnson; Carney, Dobson; A.Walne, Tomkins, Krasniqi, Lannon, McCarthy, Hauraki. Interchanges: O’Brien, Kopczak, Griffin, Brining.
Referee: Chris Kendall. Touch Judges: Warren Turley & Stewart Kirkpatrick. Attendance: 11,229.

Factfile: Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils

The Red Devils last visit to the DW Stadium yielded Salford’s first victory at Wigan in 20 years as Ian Watson’s men came away with a memorable 16-31 victory.
But, Salford have had a torrid time of it at Wigan in previous seasons. The Red Devils last victory, before this season’s triumph, came back in 1997 with a 14-21 victory with four Steve Blakeley goals and a Mark Lee drop-goal being the difference.
It isn’t just on the road against the Warriors where the Red Devils have struggled but with just 2 victories in their last 22 meetings with Wigan it’s fair to say Wigan are Salford’s bogey side. Unfortunately, Salford endured a 17-game losing streak against Wigan between 2006 and 2014.
Narrow defeats to the Warriors in 2016 and 2015 were an improvement on the Red Devils visits to the DW Stadium in earlier seasons. Salford conceded 38 points or more in five consecutive visits to the DW.
The Red Devils do have several former Warriors in the side with Lee Mossop, Mark Flanagan and Logan Tomkins all having donned the Cherry and White of Wigan at some point.
Flanagan featured for the Warriors in 2009 before moving to NRL side Wests Tigers while Mossop and Tomkins had longer spells with Wigan. Tomkins spent four years with the Warriors with one being spent on loan with the Red Devils before the move was made permanent in 2016 while his brothers Sam and Joel still represent Wigan however only Sam is in this weekend’s matchday squad.
Mossop also joined Salford from Wigan however his move came at the start of this season. The former England international won both the Challenge Cup and Super League with the Warriors throughout two spells with the club spanning seven seasons which were split by a year in Australia with the Parramatta Eels.
Wigan and Salford have met on three occasion this season with Wigan winning twice and the Red Devils earning one victory. Both sides picked up wins on the oppositions patch before Wigan knocked off the Red Devils at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in last month’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final.
Greg Johnson has scored in two of the three meetings this season for Ian Watson’s side while Niall Evalds grabbed a brace in the visit to the DW earlier in the season. However, it is Oliver Gildart who has dominated this fixture in 2017 scoring four tries against the Red Devils this season.
Fans can still purchase tickets for Friday night’s game against Wigan at the DW Stadium. Supporters are also reminded that they can now buy tickets for all of the Red Devils home Super 8s games against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Flashback: Wigan Warriors 16-31 Salford Red Devils

Ahead of Friday’s Super 8s trip to Challenge Cup finalists Wigan Warriors we look at the Red Devils previous visit to the DW Stadium this season.
Ian Watson’s side headed into the game having lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions but knowing they hadn’t picked up a win in Wigan since a 21-14 victory over the Warriors back in 1997.
Wigan came into the fixture on the back of three wins from their last four games however their most recent was a 54-4 hammering at the hands of early runaway league leaders Castleford.
The Red Devils managed to put an end to their retched 20-year winless run in Wigan by sealing a 16-31 win, which was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. Watson’s men warded off a late fightback from the Warriors to continue to climb the Super League table.
Kris Welham broke in the opening stages to get the Red Devils off to the perfect start. Niall Evalds crossed for his first of the evening as his decision to run the ball on the last tackle proved dividend and Ben Murdoch-Masila continued his trend of powering over from close-range moments later to send the visitors into the break with a 16-point lead.
Salford began the second half in identical fashion to the way they ended the first – in control. Full-back Evalds grabbed his second of the game as the full-back latched onto a low Michael Dobson kick before Greg Johnson rounded off a flowing Red Devils move.
However, Wigan wouldn’t lie down and back-to-back tries in quick succession courtesy of Liam Marshall and Ryan Sutton gave the hosts hope. Lewis Tierney found his way over shortly after to cut the arrears to just 12 points.
But, a late drop-goal and penalty goal from Gareth O’Brien confirmed a memorable victory for the Red Devils.
Salford team that day: Evalds, Johnson, Welham, Jones, Bibby; Dobson, Lui; A. Walne, Tomkins, Tasi, Murdoch-Masila, Lannon, Krasniqi. Interchanges: Kopczak, Murray, Brining, O’Brien.

Todd Carney – "You have these periods"

Despite losing to Castleford on their return to the AJ Bell Stadium half-back Todd Carney feels there are positives from the Red Devils performance.
Carney, sponsored by Prowood, said: “Yeah, it’s disappointing but that’s footy I guess you have these periods and it’s tough to get out of them.
“We were a lot better than last week so that’s a positive.
“We’ll take a few negatives and positives from the game but credit to Castleford they’re a good team who play some positive football.
“We’ve just got to turn up Monday and train hard and work ourselves out of it but it’s just Rugby League.”
The Red Devils caused Castleford issues and Carney knows that Salford were unlucky to not have scored more points on Friday evening.
Carney said: “We were held up twice and we had two tries disallowed earlier in the game.
“Manu Vatuvei scored 15 metres from the first contact so I think that’s a try.
“Early in the game Niall Evalds goes through I think that’s 12 points there that we probably should gave had but the referee has seen a different picture.
“But, if you get those tires early in the day it’s a different ball game. We could have had four tries so there’s some more points which make it a different game completely.
“It was mine and Robert Lui’s fourth or fifth game together and it’s working it’s coming along.
“But, you’ve got to take note of Castleford’s defence it’s been good all season.”
Fans are reminded that tickets are now on sale for Red Devils remaining home games in the Super 8s against Wakefield, Huddersfield and St Helens. Tickets can be bought over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club website. Supporters are also reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Fact file: Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers

The Red Devils Super 8s home opener against league leaders Castleford Tigers will see the two most free-scoring teams in the Super League this season go head-to-head.
Daryl Powell’s side currently top the try-scoring charts with a huge 134 tries while Salford have crossed for 104 tries – level 2nd with Wigan Warriors.
Castleford wingers Greg Eden and Greg Minikin have scored 50 of the sides 134 tries in the league this season with half-back Luke Gale also being in double figures.
The Red Devils tries have been distributed a little more evenly with second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila, who grabbed two the last time Salford hosted Castleford, the club’s top try-scorer this season with 13.
Full-back Niall Evalds took his tally up to 12 for the season with his spectacular effort at Hull FC last Friday while Greg Johnson, Junior Sa’u and Kris Welham are all one try away from hitting double figures for the season.
Welham, who has also enjoyed spells with Hull KR and Bradford, is still in search of his 100th career try. The 30-year-old centre notched a try on the Red Devils visit to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this season and will be looking to cross again to climb into treble figures.
While Gale is central to everything Castleford produce going forward he trails teammate Michael Shenton in terms of try assists. The England half-back has racked up 18 try assists however Shenton has set-up 19 tries in the Super League this season.
However, both men are surpassed by Salford half-back Robert Lui who has notched up an impressive 21 Super League try assists and trails only George Williams, who has 25, overall.
The Red Devils have won three of the last five meetings between the sides in all competitions however Castleford do have the edge in Super League winning 25 of the 36 meetings since 1996.
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s game against Castleford over the phone, at the club’s ticket office or online via the club’s website. Supporters are reminded that season tickets are valid for all Super 8s home games.

Ian Watson reaction – "Two different halves"

Ian Watson described his sides 32-14 defeat in their Super 8s opener against Hull FC as a game of two halves and feels early stages of the second half changed the game.
Watson said: “I thought we started the game pretty but the first half and second half were two different games all together for us.
“First half we were pretty good to be fair and the second half we just turned over too much ball.
“We were defending too much and we turned into the team we saw at the start of last season and we didn’t understand what to do when you find yourself under the pump.
“We’ll need to look at that because we don’t want to fall back into the team that we were last season.”
The Red Devils went into the break level with Hull following tries from Manu Vatuvei, Niall Evalds and Robert Lui but a slow start to the second half cost Salford.
Watson said: “We’d kind of turned the game a little bit obviously they got the penalty on half-time which made it level pegging.
“We felt like the first 15 minutes of the second half was going to be key and we said Hull FC would come strong in the first 15 minutes and it was about how we controlled that period.
“I think it was Niall Evalds who almost scored in the first few minutes of the half but we didn’t take our chance.
“Hull had some relentless pressure on our goal line and we didn’t handle our goal line defence as well as we should have done.”
Next up for Ian Watson’s men are league leaders Castleford Tigers on Friday 11th August at the AJ Bell Stadium. Fans can still purchase tickets through the club ticket office, over the phone or online via the club website.

Match Report: Hull FC 32-18 Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils suffered defeat in their Super 8s opener against Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
Three unanswered tries in the opening twenty minutes of the second half put the game out of Salford’s reach after the Red Devils had gone into half-time level with Lee Radford’s men.
Ian Watson’s side outscored FC in the first half three tries to two, but in the second half the Black and Whites were just too strong for the Red Devils.
Robert Lui returned to the Salford side in place of Michael Dobson while Jake Bibby took Junior Sa’u’s place in the centres. Marc Sneyd and Mark Minichello missed out for the hosts.
The Red Devils got off to the perfect start forcing a goal-line dropout from the kick-off and it wasn’t long before they opened the scoring through one of their newest acquisitions – Manu Vatuvei.
‘The Beast’ made the original break skittling three Hull defenders before earning a penalty. Some good work from Jake Bibby gave Vatuvei an opening out wide and the former New Zealand international crossed for his first Salford try.
However, Hull hit back almost immediately as half-back Albert Kelly slid through the Salford defence. Just two minutes later the hosts added another as the ball went through hands before Carlos Tuimavave finished well. Jake Connor converted both.
Watson’s men didn’t lie down and a moment of brilliance from full-back Niall Evalds brought them back into touching distance. Evalds sliced through the Hull line before racing sixty metres jinking in and out and crossing for a sensational solo effort.
A returning Lui was settling into the game well and made his presence felt when he forced a knock-on from Mahe Fonua before burrowing his way over from close-range to regain the lead for Salford. Lui converted, after taking over the kicking duties from Carney, but a Connor penalty on the half-time hooter meant the sides went into the break level.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, Hull came out of the blocks quickly in the second half scoring two tries in the opening seven minutes. Fetuli Talanoa rose highest to latch onto a Connor chip to put FC in the lead before Connor himself powered over from close-range. Connor maintained his 100% record with the boot.
Tuimavave hit the ball at pace and went through a gap in the Salford defence midway through the second half to put the game out of reach for the Red Devils. But, Vatuvei did manage to score his second of the afternoon in the final fifteen minutes. Some quick hands out wide allowed the Kiwi to bulldoze his way over. Lui’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Kelly, Connor; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Washbrook, Ellis.
Interchanges: Green, Michaels, Thompson, Fash.
Red Devils: Evalds, Vatuvei, Bibby, Welham, Johnson; Lui, Carney; Walne, Tomkins, Hauraki, McCarthy, Jones, Krasniqi.
Interchanges: O’Brien, Kopczak, Griffin, Murdoch-Masila.
Referee: Mr. J. Smith. Touch Judges: Mr. P. Brooke & Mr. A. Tolley. Attendance: 10,239.