I'm glad I didn't try and post my thoughts last night. I was really disappointed. I had genuinely thought we would give Bradford a stern test and even, perhaps, get the win. This morning, I'm more relaxed about the game and willing to look for the positives rather than dwell on the negatives.
We started well and, when we took the lead, it was no more than we deserved. It was probably the best thirty minutes I've seen from Salford this season. Our defence looked fairly good and I disagree with Pottsy, Bradford didn't look like scoring every time they got near our line. They looked dangerous, but our defence was matching them. Then we pulled off our usual self-destruction - a needless penalty for lying-on on the last tackle near halfway and the momentum was decided for the rest of the match. Bradford still needed a bit of luck to secure the try - I think it was Sneyd who failed to put the ball dead in our in-goal and Blythe(?) was able to touch down.
After that, the Salford of old would have lain down and died. We didn't last night. Bradford had to work very hard for their scores, so my first positive is our defence is beginning to show some steel. My second positive that we now seem to have enough forwards who are reasonably fit to rotate properly (that might be the reason for the better defence). My third positive was the crowd. I know there were a lot of 'freebies', but there was a good-sized crowd in (loads of children and parents in both the West and East stands) and they seemed to enjoy themselves. There was a definite buzz around the place. Well done, Dr. Koukash! (Little word of praise for Bullman, too - he really did engage the Salford children and got them booing him with gusto).
So there are positives if you're willing to look for them, but it was disappointing to have such a promising start (great crowd, strong opening 30 minutes) and come away with nothing. Negatives? If I must, then. Pottsy is right about our attack, it is toothless. We spent long periods in Bradford's half (good pressure) but, apart from McGoldrick's dummy and dash for the try, we never really looked like scoring.
Finally, to set the record straight. After the game at Odsal, I suggested that the Bradford fans were "one-eyed". Last night, I was surrounded by Salford fans screaming "Forward!" and going on about Roby being "bent" all through the second half, from our perfect vantage point behind the sticks . So, I take it back. Mr Roby had a decent game, for my money.
Edited by tonyXIII, 18 May 2013 - 10:47 AM.