“Sin-bin changed the game,” claims Salford Red Devils boss Richard Marshall.
Chris Atkin was sin-binned for a professional foul when pulling off a try saving tackle on Matt Parcell, and later stripped the ball one-on-one. Atkin was penalised for the supposed infringement and was marched off the field for ten minutes by referee Chris Kendall.
Salford led 4-0 before the yellow card and what followed was a series of calamities as the Robins ran in 40 unanswered points to claim a big win.
When questioned on the incident, Marshall said, “The sin-bin changed the game. I thought we had a lot of momentum going forward.
“We looked like we were playing but we just weren’t clinical, even in that period when they lost a man with Adam Quinlan.
“We just were not clinical enough tonight unfortunately.”
Both Atkin and Quinlan may have seen yellow but forward Pauli Pauli was sent off on the full-time whistle for a challenge on Jordan Abdull.
It does not get any easier for Salford as Tui Lolohea also suffered an injury, but Pauli could very well join him on the sidelines through suspension.
Weighing up his options, Marshall said “It possibly was a costly night. I think on average we lose two or three players a game through injury or suspension and that is nowhere near good enough.
“We are certainly not good enough with 13 men on the field, never mind 12 and that cannot continue to happen.”
The result leaves the Red Devils just one place above the relegation slot, with only one win to their name this year.
Next up is a possible outing against the Huddersfield Giants, who are currently in isolation due to the current pandemic.
Looking ahead to next week against his predecessor Ian Watson, Marshall said, “There is no extra pressure for our game next week, we just need to start winning and fast.
“The manner of our performances are way below standard and we need to fix things as soon as possible.”