Ian Watson, the Salford Red Devils’ coach, admitted to being angered by his team’s 43 – 18 Super 8s defeat to Wakefield.
Wakefield had no problems claiming victory to secure their place in the top four of the Super League table with two tries each from Jacob Miller and Tyler Randell.
Now the Red Devils’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals are fading fast and they sit four points behind fourth placed Wakefield after winning just one of their last eleven matches.
Speaking after the game Watson said, “It was an embarrassment, that was not what the club has been about this season. For whatever reason we have lost that bit of desire within the group. We made stupid errors, poor errors and we didn’t have the resilience on the back of that to defend those errors. We should be good enough as a group to step up. We conceded some really scrappy tries from kicks and we needed a good, solid start in the second half which we didn’t get.”
He said that the team’s performance was “not good enough” and that they have to grasp the opportunity to be a top-four team.
Joe Arundel and Bill Tupou also impressed for Wakefield and scrumhalf Liam Finn was particularly impressive with nine goals from as many attempts for the team.
Wakefield coach, Chris Chester, said, “I thought we were comfortable when we got a foothold in the game. We controlled the ball pretty well and were dominant for about 65 minutes. I was disappointed with our last tackle options but that’s probably me being a bit picky. We completed sets and worked hard for each other. Collectively we were very good and the starting pack was pretty aggressive. We have got to continue working hard.”