Veteran frontrower Adrian Morley says Salford are hurting after their embarrassing 41-point thrashing at the hands of Wigan last week.
The Red Devils were beaten 45-4 at the DW Stadium on Thursday, virtually ending their faint hopes of making the play-offs. Morley described the display from his Salford side as embarrassing.
“I felt we’d turned a bit of a corner the five games previous, we’d won three and the two we’d lost we were in with a great chance,” he said.
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“So we’d been competing really well. But on Thursday night it was just as though we threw away everything we’ve been doing well. We got schooled really.
“They were more enthusiastic than us, more aggressive and it really was embarrassing at the end of the game. Hopefully we won’t get a repeat of that. We need to put a good performance in and hopefully get four wins and build some confidence for next year.”
Morley admitted he didn’t see the poor performance from the Red Devils coming.
“I didn’t, we trained well all week,” he said.
“The talk before the game was great. We were all looking forward to the challenge. Their last game was on the Sunday and they had four days to prepare. But it looked like we’d played on the Sunday. It was disappointing to say the least. Everyone at the club is hurting pretty bad and it’s important we don’t have a repeat of this.”
The loss means Salford have just 17 points and need to win their remaining four games and rely on other results going their way to have any chance of making the top eight.
“We’re not concerned about the semis now, these last four games, whatever happens will happen,” Morley said.
“I think it is mission impossible. If we’d got the win against Leeds last week it would have been different, but we’re not going to get too concerned about it now. It’s important that we stick together, that we put four good performances together and finish the season strong.”