Marshall admits there is an “added edge” to Salford clash

Wigan winger Liam Marshall wants revenge over tonight’s opponents Salford after suffering semi-final heartbreak at the hands of the Red Devils last season.

Ian Watson’s side won 28-4 at the DW Stadium to deny Marshall and his teammates a place in the Super League Grand Final against arch-rivals St Helens.

Asked if there is an added edge to the game at the AJ Bell Stadium, the Warriors’ speedster said: “Yes I would say so. They came to us and we probably underestimated them in that semi-final.

“They came to our home pitch, that we hold sacred, and they knocked us off and we missed out on a Grand Final, which was disappointing.

“It obviously ended our chase for silverware and I think that we had a lot of battles with them last year. If I can think back we probably played them the most out of anyone last year.

“So yeah, there is that added edge and we want to make sure we knock another win off and keep at the top of that table.”

Salford beat Wigan to make it to last season’s Super League Grand Final. Credit: Simon Whitehead/News Images

Both sides have different personnel from that game last October, with a number of players swapping clubs and therefore coming up against their former teammates.

“Yeah there has obviously been a lot of changes in the off-season for both teams,” said Marshall. “They recruited well with Dan Sarginson, Kev Brown and Pauli Pauli.

“They have obviously lost Jackson [Hastings] and Jake [Bibby]but they look strong in other areas so they are not to be underestimated, otherwise we will get turned over.

“Sarge was a great lad, a great laugh and a great person to have around the place. He would be one of the lads you would look to in tough times.

Dan Sarginson joined Salford from Wigan in the off-season. Credit: News Images

“We missed him in pre-season with his upbeat spirit and it will be good to play against him, although I’m not looking forward to tackling him.”

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