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Last Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007, 20:52 GMT 21:52 UK
Salford 14-12 Huddersfield
Salford's Kevin McGuinness (c) celebrates victory
Salford's Kevin McGuinness (c) celebrates his try
Salford: (4) 14
Tries: McGuinness, Hodgson, Viane
Goals: Wilshere 2

Huddersfield: (0) 12
Tries: Wild, Reilly
Goals: Thorman 2

Basement side Salford put in a gritty display in front of their own fans to end Huddersfield's seven-match winning run in Super League XII.

The Reds, who parted company with coach Karl Harrison earlier in the week, took the lead through Kevin McGuinness.

Stephen Wild responded only for two quick efforts from David Hodgson and Gray Viane to put the Reds in control.

Paul Reilly's try cut the gap to two points with six minutes left but the home side hung on for victory.

Both sides came close to taking the lead early on but the pressure from the Reds finally paid off six minutes before half-time.

Stand-off Luke Dorn pulled the Huddersfield defence out of position with a run for McGuinness to slot through for the only score of the half.

Wild levelled matters when took a pass from Brad Drew two minutes after the break for his eighth try in his last seven matches.

Chris Thorman missed the conversion attempt but made amends 10 minutes later with a penalty after a high tackle by Stuart Littler on Kevin Brown.

That put the Giants in front for the first time but an offload from John Wilshere which allowed Hodgson sprint 70 metres to the line.

Wilshere's goal made it 10-6 and things got even better for the home side when they carved out another try from deep inside their own half with Viane finishing in the corner.

Reilly's try ensured a nervous finish but the home side were able to cling on for the points.

  • Salford full-back John Wilshere (on the sacking of coach Karl Harrison)

    "A lot of people felt responsible. We owed it to ourselves to make things right.

    "It was a good team win and hopefully it will be the start of something special."

  • Salford caretaker coach Steve Simms

    "The players put their hands up and showed how they can play if they put the effort in for 80 minutes.

    "It's unfortunate what has happened this week but we've got to start a new era. We had a meeting before the game and I was confident, if all the players played to their best ability, we would win the game.

    "Defence wins you games and we got into Huddersfield's faces and forced them to move away from their gameplan a little bit."

  • Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp

    "I thought we contributed to our own downfall.

    "We dropped off a little and weren't as ruthless as we have been. Our kick-chase was particularly poor and that has been good this year.

    "We weren't bad but there are some things we are disappointed with and we need to get back on track pretty quickly."

    Salford: Hodgson, Wilshere, Littler, McGuinness, Viane, Dorn, Robinson, Jewitt, Berthezene, Korkidas, Coley, Brocklehurst, Finnigan.
    Replacements: Nash, Gower, Turner, Adamson.

    Huddersfield: Thorman, Reilly, Nero, Wild, Aspinwall, Brown, Drew, Mason, Hudson, Skandalis, Jones, Raleigh, Snitch.
    Replacements: Paul, Crabtree, Jackson, Griffin.

    Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

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