Salford City Reds battle to buck the trend against Bradford Bulls

By Ben Burrows

Salford City Reds face-off against Bradford Bulls tonight will hopefully end their losing run which now stretches to five Super League games.

In fact the Reds’ last victory was the 38-18 win over tonight’s visitors way back in March.

The Bulls have been on a good recent run particularly away from home where they have won five of their six matches away from Odsal this season.

Reds’ assistant coach Sean Long has spoken this week of how much he is enjoying his Salford role and that he is prepared to wait for the top job.

“You’d be stupid to take one straight away because, once you get to that level, there’s only one way you can go.” he said.

“I’m going to earn my stripes and hopefully then I’ll become a head coach, but I’ve been told not to rush,” he added.

“I need to work hard and do the hard graft, like Phil’s done for the last 10 or 12 years,” he said.

Head coach Phil Veivers has brought youngster Gareth Owen into the squad to replace the injured Wayne Godwin.

Ex-Bradford man Godwin broke his wrist last time out against Warrington Wolves and is likely to miss the rest of the 2012 campaign.

Utility man Owen impressed in his previous stint in the first team earlier in the season but will have to step up once more as the campaign reaches the business end with playoff places on the line.

Veivers had hoped that forwards Ben Gledhill and Shannan McPherson would be available but it seems tonight’s clash has come just too soon for both men.

In more positive news, centres Sean Gleeson and Chris Nero have both been named in Veivers’ 19-man squad.

Opponents Bulls still have halfback Brett Kearney, centre Adrian Purtell and second row John Bateman on the sidelines.

The Yorkshiremen have been on a good run since the reverse fixture and coach Mick Potter points to the previous result as motivation for his side.

“That’s been spoken about this week,” he said.

“It’s not so much revenge but about performing at our best and I don’t think we made the best account of ourselves the last time.

“They’re a team looking to climb the ladder. They’re a bit better than where they sit on the table.”

Tickets are still available for tonight’s clash from the Stadium booking office.

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