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Super League: Salford coach Brian Noble takes encouragement from defeat
I do think the scoreline flattered St Helens a little bit and I don't think, in the main, our fans will be too dismayed this time because the players have had a dig.
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Salford coach Brian Noble saw signs of encouragement despite his side losing 52-10 at home to St Helens on Friday.
The rock-bottom City Reds conceded nine tries in the hammering but had trailed their opponents by just 14-10 early in the second half.
Former Great Britain boss Noble had demanded improvement after recent heavy losses to Warrington and Wakefield and he took encouragement from the latest defeat.
He said: "There looks to be a pulse this week, and quite a strong one, because of the way we played in the first half and the way we tried to play.
"We shaded possession in the first half and that gave us an opportunity - but then it went massively against us.
"I do think the scoreline flattered St Helens a little bit and I don't think, in the main, our fans will be too dismayed this time because the players have had a dig.
"I thought we looked like a really good team for 50 minutes.
"I am less disappointed than I was last time. If I can knock a few nails into heads tomorrow, and show pictures as to why it happened, we can improve next week and get ready for a really big game down in London."
Saints ran in seven second-half tries in the rout and coach Nathan Brown was pleased with how his side upped their game.
He said: "First half I thought we were just doing enough. They responded to a few (poor) performances and there was an improved showing.
"They did some decent stuff but in the second half we really lifted the intensity, as we should do with some of the players we had and against a side in the position Salford are at the moment."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|11||Salford Red Devils||23||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||22||4|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||St Helens vs Wakefield|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Thursday 31st July|
|Wigan 45 - 4 Salford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
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