Brown Looking For More

NATHAN Brown says the mood in the camp is buoyant after the win over Huddersfield but with Salford on the horizon there is still much to do.

Saints Head Coach was pleased with 41-22 decision last week, but now turns his attentions to the Red Devils.

“The mood in the camp is good after a good result and a good effort,” he said. “Last week was different of course but we had a good positive week in the lead up to the game, won, and now we are looking to move forward.

“It isn’t always about the result; the performance matters and we got the physical part of the game right last Friday. When you play the sides that are winning trophies then they tend to win the advantage line and it was important we did that part of the game right.

“To get that part right sometimes you have to sit down and review what you are doing. This team has developed a fair bit and our position on the ladder shows that. Jon Wilkin is back where he should be and has been one of our top performers this year – one of our most influential players – if not in the whole comp too.

“Luke Walsh has had the desired effect with his game management, control and kicking game. Jonny Lomax’ form at fullback has been good and James Roby is doing what we expected him to.”

Saints don’t expect to welcome back any players this week – with Luke Thompson rated as ‘possible’ after a foot injury in the win over Huddersfield – whilst Mark Percival as an outside chance.

“Thommo had an operation in the off-season and his foot got put in an awkward position. Thankfully it isn’t a break – just the plate in there pressing on a nerve.

“There will be an influx of players coming in the next weeks. Willie Manu, Adam Swift, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley and Percy should come back.”

Salford visit Langtree Park on Friday (8pm) and Brown reckons they have too much talent not to pick up victories sooner rather than later.

“Building a team from scratch is hard but I’m sure if Marwan stays in the game for a fair period of time he will get his reward.

“They had a coach who coached them to play one play and then a new one has come in and wants them to play differently. That takes time but they have talented players and will win one soon enough.

“We will need to do what we did last week and do better in some areas to get a result.”

Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or you can buy here.

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