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Super League: Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson is looking forward with renewed hope after win
Our attention wavered at times but to score 40-odd points against a team with their personnel is very pleasing.
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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is hoping his side's 42-22 win at Salford can kick-start their First Utility Super League campaign.
The 2013 league leaders went into their Good Friday fixture on the back of three successive defeats, as well as a Challenge Cup exit, but bounced back in emphatic fashion, with winger Aaron Murphy scoring a hat-trick of tries.
"The real pleasing thing for me is that we won," Anderson said. "I had to have a deep think about what our song was at the end because it's been a while.
"I'm hoping it's only three days before our next one.
"There were some big improvements from our last outing. That wasn't hard to do but we did some real good things, especially defensively.
"That was the key for us because Salford are very dangerous and we coped very well.
"Our attention wavered at times but to score 40-odd points against a team with their personnel is very pleasing.
"We looked real calm and composed in a lot of things we did."
Salford never fully recovered from the shock of conceding three tries in the first 12 minutes and, although skipper Adrian Morley provided a highlight with a storming first try for the club, they were never seriously in contention in coach Iestyn Harris' first home game.
"If you concede 18 points very early, you are always chasing your tail but across the board we did some good things and some bad things," Harris said.
"It's about us learning to be a little more consistent. We're working hard to do that and it's going to take a little time."
The Reds also lost winger Greg Johnson after 24 minutes with a suspected broken jaw, while prop Shannon McPherson was carried from the stretcher with severe concussion early in the second half.
"They've both been taken to hospital," said Harris. "We'll get an assessment of them later."
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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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