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Sheens: We didn’t get much right

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens admitted his team were a long way short in terms of their performance as Rovers went down 36-12 to a spirited Salford Red Devils side on a freezing night in Manchester.

The Robins opened the scoring through Thomas Minns and Adam Quinlan added another try in the second half, however scores from Niall Evalds (2), Junior Sa’u, Robert Lui, Gareth O’Brien and Jake Bibby saw Salford take the spoils at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Speaking to www.hullkr.tv, Sheens said: “It is very disappointing. We started well but we had no ball and a heavy penalty count against. We struggled to make ground and really shot ourselves in the foot with some poor decisions. We started most of our sets in the second half ten metres off our own try line.

“Possession was against us and we really struggled to get a leg up in the game. There was an 11-7 penalty count against us and we kicked poorly in the attacking sets we did end; we really threw the game away.

“I don’t think we did much right tonight. We didn’t have much field position, it is as simple as that. They completed their sets higher all game, and their kicks were placed well into the corner which put us under pressure at the start of every set.

“Having Danny McGuire would have taken the pressure off Chris a bit as he took responsibility to take most of our attacking play down our left edge but that wasn’t the reason we lost. We didn’t have many attacking opportunities to make more of, it was our defence which cost us.

“Salford rolled us down the middle too often and were making 10 metres per carry on a lot of occasions. We’ve got to tighten that up and we’ll have a look at that this week but the difference in yardage between the two teams was too much.

“We struggled to make metres coming off our own line, which was a real problem for us tonight. It wasn’t against Catalans last week but it was tonight so again that’s something else we need to look at.

“We gave Matty Marsh until the last minute but he didn’t recover from the injury he picked up playing for York last week. At this stage, I’d be surprised if Danny is available to face Castleford but you never know.

“The attitude was there tonight but we were poor. We can’t take anything from Salford as they played better than us for the majority of the game tonight. We will regroup and we have got a couple of options coming back, such as Chris Clarkson, so we will take a look for next week but it is what it is in terms of players being available.”

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