Salford City Reds produced a much-improved performance to draw with Wakefield Wildcats, but interim head coach Alan Hunte said it still feels like a defeat.
With ten minutes of his first game in charge remaining, the Reds almost won it with Marc Sneyd’s drop-goal before Wildcats’ Paul Sykes levelled with one of his own.
Salford recovered well from last week’s home thrashing by London Broncos, but Hunte admitted the result still left a bitter taste in the mouth.
“We improved on a lot of the things we have lacked in the past,” he told Sky Sports.
“For effort and professionalism it’s a big yes, and we are in there feeling like we have lost.”
Jodie Broughton, Lee Jewitt, Theo Fages and the boot of Sneyd gave the Reds a four point half-time lead before Jack Murphy crossed early in the second-half.
But the Wildcats scored five tries through Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Frankie Mariano, Danny Washbrook and Ben Cockayne however Sykes only managed one conversion to share the spoils.
The teams then exchanged one-pointers in the dying minutes, leaving caretaker head coach Hunte hoping he had done enough to stay in his job.
“At the start of the week I said to myself I didn’t want to be out of a job at the end of the week,” he said.
“Hopefully that’s not the case.”
Hunte, who said he had been the butt of some Rafa Benitez-inspired jokes, revealed he loved doing the job, but success was needed to stay employed.
“When I got the job on an interim basis I know jokes were made comparing me to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea,” he added.
“But every coach in sport, Sir Alex Ferguson apart, is interim. If you don’t get success, you’re out of a job.
“This is just another coaching role for me. I’ve coached at youth level, at Doncaster. It’s all I’ve done, I love doing it.”
The result takes the Reds off the bottom of the Super League table ahead of several tough fixtures, firstly against Warrington Wolves, then St Helens and Huddersfield Giants.
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