Watson: Salford ‘owe one’ to Warrington

Ian Watson is determined to exact revenge on Warrington Wolves when his Salford side travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday.

Warrington produced a stunning comeback to defeat Salford 31-30 earlier in the season, with a Chris Sandow drop goal extending their fantastic start to the season.

After returning to winning ways last week, the Red Devils are currently ninth in Super League ahead of their salary cap appeal, which if successful would see the Red Devils regain the six points they were docked and move into the top eight.

Salford still have an outside chance of climbing out of the bottom four if they win their final three games, and Watson admits the club are desperate to get one over the Wolves after their heartbreak earlier in the year.

“We feel like we owe them one,” he told the club’s official website.

“They kind of pinched it off us with the drop goal in the last second. We’re going there pretty confident in our own ability that we’ll go there and get two points.

“All the boys are confident. We had a big week the week before and they put a lot of effort into the game on Friday.

“But we’ve been talking about the confidence from that game and taking it forward, and seeing what we did well and taking it into the Warrington game, hopefully that will get us the victory on Friday night.”

Watson was able to welcome back Josh Griffin, Greg Johnson and Mason Caton-Brown for their victory over Cas last week, and the Salford chief admits that it is a timely boost.

“To have Josh Griffin back out there, Greg Johnson and Mason as well was brilliant. 

“We have young Bibby struggling with his shoulder so he was 50/50 for the game anyway and a few dropped out of the game anyway. To have them three in contention was brilliant.”

Watson also praised Sean Kenny, the young hooker who made his debut after signing from Warrington.

“He went really well.

“There’s a couple of things he’ll start to learn more of the plays as he gets in, but he did really well in his first appearance. He defended well, hit through people and was really sharp out of dummy half and that looks good for the future.”