Carney was desperate to play, says Watson

Salford Red Devils head coach Ian Watson revelled in his side’s first away win of the season after they defeated Castleford 16-32.

Two tries from former Cas winger Justin Carney helped the Red Devils to a memorable victory over the Tigers, who have now lost consecutive games.

The return of Carney was always going to grab the headlines, although his early fight with Nathan Massey and two second-half tries only further escalating the drama.

Despite the furore surrounding his return following his ugly departure, Watson revealed that the winger was determined to feature.

“There was never any doubt that Carney would play. He was adamant about it. What happened here was an experience of his own making but he wanted to turn out.

“Coming here is tough but after the defeat last week, when Warrington came back from the dead, I’m delighted to have seen the game out.”

One negative for Salford was an injury to halfback Robert Lui, who is set for a spell on the sidelines.

“It’s too early to say what the damage is,” said Watson, “but it looks as though he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.”

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