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Smith - No excuses
Veivers happy with result but frustrated by conceding late tries
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.
"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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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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