A frustrated Ian Watson refrained from passing comment about the tackle that saw Hull centre Josh Griffin sent off late in Salford’s narrow 35-32 defeat to Hull FC, but made his thoughts known about the intimidation factor the home crowd had on the game.
Salford staged a late fight back with three tries in the last ten minutes to almost snatch the game at the KCOM Stadium, but just fell short.
Hull ended the game with eleven men after Griffin was given the red card for a dangerous throw on Krisnan Inu barely a minute after his team mate Chris Green and Adam Walker of Salford had been sin binned for fighting in a fiery end to the game, and Watson alluded to issues throughout the game he felt had been missed due to the intense pressure from the vocal home crowd.
“We’ll see what the officials come back with on that (the sending off) but I think the Hull crowd have played a massive part today and intimidated people today,” he said to reporters.
“There should have been other things picked up today that weren’t.”
Speaking more generally on the game, Watson’s overriding frustration was with his team, who produced a terrific second half fight back but ultimately paid for a poor first 40.
“In the second half we showed some commitment and desire which is what you want to see, but we just wish we’d seen that in the first half,” he admitted.