Koukash issues Salford warning

Marwan Koukash has told his misfiring Red Devils to buck up their ideas up.

Koukash is smarting from three successive Super League defeats and has made it plain he expects far better performances.

Unbeaten Castleford are next up for Salford, who will be boosted by the return from injury of marquee signing Rangi Chase for the clash with his former club.

Koukash told MEN Sport: “I was angry watching us losing to Warrington because I felt not everyone rolled up their sleeves and played.

“We only really started throwing the ball about and playing when the game had gone from us.

“This is not acceptable. There is no hidden agenda with me and I am the most open of people. We are not far away but things could still have been far better.

“There is no shame in defeat as long as you go down fighting. I did not see much of that from us in the first half against Warrington and our coach Brian Noble knows that. I have made my feelings known to the players. We have a quality side, we will come good and it’s no use having a dig at individuals. We have to start performing as a team and playing to our full potential. Having Chase back will be a big boost.”

Noble’s tactics came under fire from some fans against Warrington in the 28-12 home defeat.

Reds’ Aussie playmaker Tim Smith has copped much of the flak but former Reds skipper Bobbie Goulding has been quick to defend Smith and insists he needs Chase alongside him. Goulding told MEN Sport: “Tim Smith is quality but must be allowed to have good early ball and then roam on the right and left.

“I don’t think there’s a better ball-playing half back than Smith when he is on his game.

“For little men to shine, though, they need their pack going forward and dominating.

“Maybe the Salford forwards need to man up. I feel they still lack a top hooker, another centre and a big powerful prop.”

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