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Ian Watson backs Salford to keep proving the critics wrong

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Salford coach Ian Watson backed his side to continue to defy doubters after they claimed another impressive win by beating Super League leaders Widnes 28-20.

The Red Devils following up their thumping victory over St Helens with a hard-fought success to end the Vikings' perfect start to the season.

The hosts came flying out of the blocks and led 22-0 after half-an-hour before holding off a Widnes fightback to seal the win.

Watson, whose side next face a Wigan side looking to bounce back from a heavy loss to Brisbane Broncos, said: "It was a very good win for us. We showed some real resilience in defence, but some of our goal-line defence was good and that got us our win.

"We are trying to learn and build on what we have done and we are now looking forward to Wigan.

"It was important that we backed up from our win at Saints. We need to be a bit smarter on a few things, but overall we have to be happy as we have beaten a very good Widnes side today.

"It's a short turnaround to our game with Wigan next week. Wigan will be smarting a little, but we have to focus on ourselves. They will be looking forward to getting back out there, but so are we. We are looking forward to accepting the challenge.

"We are a bit more of a danger than some people thought we were going to be this year."

Widnes boss Denis Betts admitted his side were blown away by Salford's fast start.

He said: "They came out the blocks pretty quickly and we knew it would be a physical challenge and we didn't match it.

"They have backed up a great performance last week with another one today. It's very difficult for us when we make the start we did.

"There were a few decisions that went our way and a few that didn't, but we didn't do ourselves any justice or give ourselves a good enough chance.

"They showed excellent composure - they had a great 30 minutes. There was one stage in the second half where we could have made a difference, but we couldn't get what we we needed to be. We ran out of steam in the end."

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