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Brian Noble calls on Salford to build on fine victory over Widnes

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Brian Noble calls on Salford to build on fine victory over Widnes

Brian Noble: Let's build on victory

We've improved massively on last week and hopefully we can keep that going. It's a thrill to climb off the bottom but that's only a by-product of our hard work.

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Salford coach Brian Noble says his players must build on their 28-22 Magic Weekend win over Widnes.

The victory, secured after a gripping finale at the Etihad Stadium, lifted the Reds off the foot of the Super League table.

The Vikings were never in front but they twice drew level in the last 15 minutes with tries from half-backs Joe Mellor - who scored a sizzling hat-trick - and Kevin Brown, before Jordan James grabbed the decider with three minutes left.

Noble said: "We've improved massively on last week and hopefully we can keep that going. It's a thrill to climb off the bottom but that's only a by-product of our hard work.

"If we focus on the ladder, we're in big trouble. The challenge is staying off the bottom of the ladder. This place has been rocking for a while and it's important we bring in some stability.

"It was really good to get on the end of a result like that, now we know how to close games out.

"The way we did it was pleasing. I've always said we've got some points in us, the challenge is to keep the other team out when they get near our line."

Backlash

The Vikings' performance left coach Denis Betts scratching his head.

He had warned his players to expect a backlash following Salford's 58-24 defeat at the Stobart Stadium last month.

Mellor's heroics were the only positive Betts could take from the game.

"They came in with a real point to prove," he said. "They came to our place and we put them to the sword and that was something we talked about.

"We didn't really have a lot to throw at them. I'm sat here a bit bewildered. We were a bit devoid of ideas at times. We looked a bit flat.

"We controlled a large part of that game and I felt we had enough opportunites but we lacked a cutting edge.

"Joe Mellor was one of few with lots of energy and enthusiasm. When we got ourselves level, I thought we were going to kick on but you've got to give lot of credit to Salford. They worked really hard for each other and stuck to their task."

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