Watson wanting swift response from Salford on Thursday

Salford Red Devils coach Ian Watson says he wants his side to respond to their opening weekend loss to Hull with the “right mentality defensively” in their next game.

The Devils face St Helens in front of the Sky cameras on Thursday night, and after they were beaten comprehensively against the Black and Whites on Friday night, he was left to rue a poor defensive performance.

“We gave Hull too much ball and made silly errors,” he said.

“Defensively, they were just running over us and it became a snowball effect. They were just playing too quick for us and we weren’t adapting to that. They played really well, Hull.

“We’re confident in the ability we’ve got in there but we need to work hard on doing the little things really well for each other and working hard as a team.

“We need to come out against St Helens (on Thursday) with the right mentality defensively. If you don’t defend, you’re not going to win anything.”