Smith happy with win

Wolves boss pleased to grind out result against Bradford

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Smith happy with win

Tony Smith: Delighted to come away with two points

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Warrington coach Tony Smith was delighted with the way his side managed to grind out a 23-10 victory over Bradford at Odsal.

The Bulls dominated the contest for long periods and had two tries ruled out by the video referee, but it was the Stobart Super League leaders who ultimately came out on top.

After being made to work surprisingly hard for their fourth win of the season, the Wolves are now three points clear of defending champions Leeds, their next opponents at Headingley on Friday.

"Bradford were terrific. I thought they played their best game this season," Smith said.

"I thought we were excellent, I'm really, really happy with them. This team has been known for being able to score points but the character we showed there tonight was unbelievable.

"With what was thrown at us by our opponents and couple of injuries, I thought the spirit and character of the boys was enormous.

"With a lot of weight of possession, they made us work and it was really good for our development. My players are in there very proud of themselves."

Crucial

Centre Ryan Atkins grabbed the crucial score, going 80 metres early in the second half to bring up a century of career tries and maintain an impressive record against Bradford with his 11th score in six meetings.

Smith added: "He was terrific. He's getting better. He produced a great performance last week and backed it up with some big moments tonight."

The Bulls are still looking for their first home win of the 2012 season but Potter was delighted with his team's performance in the losing effort.

"I'm just disappointed for the home fans that we haven't won yet. It was probably our best home performance and an improvement on last week," Potter said.

"They had the biggest dig they could have had and, although we didn't come away with the points, the crowd probably appreciated what they saw.

"It's a game of inches. They're a quality team. We weren't quite good enough but we weren't not too far away."

Potter was encouraged by the debut of Tongan prop Manase Manuokafoa, who missed the first month of the season with a knee injury.

"He got a bit tired towards the end but he carried the ball good and came up with some nice offloads. He will get better," he said.

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