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Hull head coach Lee Radford hailed his side's "phenomenal" defence after they responded to back-to-back defeats with a 30-8 victory over Salford Red Devils, while Brian Noble was left disappointed.
Radford was forced to hold a meeting following last weekend's 7-0 home loss to Widnes Vikings, which came on the back of a narrow defeat at Castleford Tigers.
The talks had the desired effect as Hull delivered an excellent defensive performance from the first whistle to the last at the KC Stadium.
The hosts had to defend repeat sets without touching the ball at the start of the match and were penned in for a sustained period in the second half, only to keep Salford out on both occasions.
"I questioned our intensity and commitment last week, and one of the reasons for questioning that was the standards we had set ourselves in pre-season and we fell short of that last week," said Radford.
"There were 21 tackles front up to start the game and then 23 consecutive tackles in the second half - it was nothing short of phenomenal."
Hull were also clinical at the other end, with Jacob Miller and Jamie Shaul crossing to give the home side a 12-4 half-time lead before they pulled away in the second period courtesy of tries from Ben Crooks, Richard Horne and Liam Watts.
Radford admitted the win was just what the Airlie Birds needed ahead of the Challenge Cup tie against the same opposition on Thursday.
He added: "I've just said in there (to the players), 'appreciate why we just got that result'. It was because of the effort we put in there and it's important we replicate that next week.
"We only get one shot at it and it's really important for the club that, at home in a cup fixture, we turn up with the same performance as we have done today."
Opposite number Brian Noble paid tribute to Hull's energy, but conceded Salford failed to deal with the backlash from their recent defeats.
"Hull were really energised, vigorous and ran hard," said Noble, who revealed Andrew Dixon suffered a serious knee injury during the game.
"We knew there was going to be a backlash and we didn't handle it, so that's the disappointing element for me."
The one positive Noble could draw from the evening was that his team had an immediate opportunity to make amends.
"The good thing is we get to come back here in six days," the former Great Britain coach said. "If we do things properly, we'll probably give ourselves more of a chance.
"I can never guarantee the result at a place like this, but I certainly expect a whole lot better than that."
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|5||Hull K R||0||0|
|7||Salford Red Devils||0||0|
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|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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