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Salford suffered their third defeat in four matches since Brian Noble took over, missing the chance to move off the bottom of the Super League table in the process, after a 28-7 defeat at the hands of Bradford.
Victory proved to be a huge relief for the Bulls who recorded their first win in four games to move within striking distance of the top four in the table.
Noble's old club were too good for the Reds as on-loan second rower Matty Blythe scored two of the Bulls' five tries with Luke Gale, Matt Diskin and Adrian Purtell also going over for the visitors.
Salford, beaten 36-24 at Odsal on April 1, went into the clash having conceded 98 points in their previous two matches.
The signs weren't good for them when Bradford went in front early on, Jarrod Sammut taking Michael Platt's pass at speed to send Gale sprinting 60 metres to score, Sammut also booting the conversion.
A Platt mistake from Mark Sneyd's kick allowed Ryan McGoldrick to scoot over on the half hour with Sneyd converting to make it 6-6. McGoldrick then edged the Reds ahead with a drop-goal after Wayne Godwin had almost nipped over.
Salford's joy was short-lived, though, with Blythe bagging two quic-kfire tries.
The Warrington player was on hand to capitalise on Sneyd's mistake from a Danny Addy kick and then took Sammut's inside pass to power through a weak defence.
Sammut, who was in top form at full-back, landed both conversions to fire the Bulls ahead 18-7 at the break.
Play was held up eight minutes before Salford sub Chris Nero was carried off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace.
The Bulls wrapped up victory when Diskin burrowed over on the hour to make it 24-7, before Purtell crossed two minutes from time to round out the scoring.Super League. Click here to bet.
First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats 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|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|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|
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