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  • Patten (2), Anderson (2), Smith, Williams (2), Broughton (2),
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    Goals: O'Brien (4),
  • Super League
  • 29th Jun 2012
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  • Att: 6,179

Smith - No excuses

Veivers happy with result but frustrated by conceding late tries

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Smith - No excuses

Tony Smith: rested some players and paid the price

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Warrington boss Tony Smith refused to use the absence of eight key players as an excuse for his side's shock 48-24 defeat at Salford.

Smith admitted several of the absentees were "fit and healthy" but insisted: "No excuses, we were outplayed by a very good team."

Reds boss Phil Veivers said: "The last time we played Warrington Tony also rested a few players but we came up short that day and were disappointed.

"He rested a few again today but we threw a lot at them and our game plan worked wonders.

"We have been beating the drum about the entertaining football we play for some time and have beaten Huddersfield and Catalan recently.

"Our problem has been the other side, defensively. I am very happy with this result and Tony resting a few should not detract from our performance.

Frustrating

"All their players had Super League experience. It was just a bit frustrating to let in 18 points near the end."

Smith admitted: "Some of our missing players were injured and some rested.

"I didn't want to take any risks with a cup semi final in a fortnight and a few players in Wednesday's Exiles match.

"We have rested and rotated all season and it was important to give some of our players who had been out some game time.

"Salford deserved their win and we still had a talented team out there. If anyone wants to blame me they can. I have no drama with that.

"It's how we bounce back from bad days that shows character and we have to learn from this."

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