19 Apr 2019

Salford shock Warrington

Warrington Wolves failed to keep the pressure on Betfred Super League leaders St Helens after losing 36-12 to Salford Red Devils.

The Wolves were 14-0 down after 19 minutes as Kris Welham and Joey Lussick scored before Krisnan Inu kicked a penalty.

Blake Austin threw a dummy, shrugged off a defender and touched down for the hosts, but Daniel Murray and Rob Lui went over and Inu booted another penalty to make it 28-6 at half-time.

Salford continued to dominate in the second half as Jake Bibby scored, either side of two Inu penalties, with Bryson Goodwin crossing for a consolation for Warrington.

Salford head coach Ian Watson said: “The boys did an outstanding job and we were really clinical.

“We know we can go to a certain level and today has shown our processes work. We have just got to believe in ourselves a little more.

“I know I have a really resilient group of players who are committed to the cause and that’s all you can ask from them.

“Our resilience to defend our goalline in the early stages set us up and gave us the platform to get the win.

“We’ve been good for quite a while and I know when you are losing it’s not great but we have been improving on things and have got tidier at certain things.

“We’ve got to use today’s result and believe in what we’re doing going into another big game on Monday (against Wigan).

“We are heading in the right direction and Monday will now be a different challenge after today’s game and we need to back it up with a win to set us up for the rest of the season.”

Warrington counterpart Steve Price said: “Our intent at the start of the game was disappointing and to concede 38 points was disappointing.

“The boys trained pretty good and I was confident going into the game but we just weren’t at the races.

“We’ve been really good as a club to responding to losses over the last 18 months so we’ve got a bit of work to do.”