Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts admits their heavy defeat at Salford on Thursday was a “tough night at the office”, and admitted his side were second best all over the pitch.
The Vikings, who clawed their way back into the game at 16-8 at half-time, were blown away by the Red Devils in the second half, eventually going down 36-8 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
And Betts was left to reflect on a slow start from his side, as well as losing two more players to injury, including Chris Clarkson, who left the field with a suspected broken bone in his hand.
“It was a tough night at the office,” admitted Betts. “We got got beaten across the board.
“We gave them a good start and you could see their confidence grow.
“We lost Clarkson and made a couple of changes and it just drained our energy, especially with the short turnaround. The lads looked flat in the second half.”.