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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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First Utility Super League Table
|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
|First Utility Super League|
|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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