Parish 'shattered' for fans

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Parish 'shattered' for fans

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Salford coach Matt Parish admitted the home fans who turned out to see the final game at the Willows "deserved much better" after seeing their side crushed 44-18 by Catalan Dragons.

A record Super League crowd of 10,146 packed into the famous old ground to witness the end of 110 years of rugby league at the venue.

The City Reds, who move to a new community stadium at Barton in 2012, held a parade of legends before kick-off.

However the current crop of players did not manage to end the club's time at the Willows with a strong performance, much to Parish's disgust.

Extremely disappointed

"I'm extremely disappointed with the performance on such a big occasion," said the Australian, who has won just one of his six games in charge.

"I'm shattered for the fans that turned up today. They turned deserved a lot better, particularly in the second half.

"It shows we're a long way off the pace at the moment. We struggle to put back-to-back performances together.

"I'm not going to hide my disappoinment and I'm not going to gloss over it.

"Today was a fantastic occasion and it was a honour and an privilege to be part of it. I'm not sure some of those players appreciated it."

Parish said the performance highlighted the need for a major overhaul of his squad. They have already recruited Shannan McPherson, Ben Gledhill, Joel Moon and Jordan James for 2012.

"We need to get our recruitment right," continued the Salford coach. "In my opinion we are still four players short.

"Players need to be accountable. Unfortunately that performance and some of the individual perfomances are way off the pace."

Moon suffered a major ankle injury in the Warriors' play-off defeat by Brisbane yesterday but it will not affect his arrival at Salford.

"I've already spoken to him," added Parish. "He's had a screw put in his ankle but he'll be ready to go next year."


Catalan coach Trent Robinson was a much happier man after seeing his side end a three-match losing run ahead of the Super League play-offs.

"I thought we got better as the game went on," he said. "We struggled early on to find some rhythm but we played some nice footie at times and got some combinations going."

French international Thomas Bosc marked his first appearance for almost four months with a try and two goals, despite feeling the effects of cramp late on in his first game since May.

Fellow half-back Scott Dureau was, however, taken off as a precaution after complaining of a hip injury.

"I thought Thomas' performance reflected us, he got better as the game went on," added the Australian.

"He showed some nice things and it obviously helps Scott, having two genuine halves out there and I thought Steve Menzies looked better in the second row than at six."

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