Rugby League - Hunte happy as Salford win

Interim Salford coach Alan Hunte paid tribute to new boy Lee Gaskell after a 21-20 win which stopped Huddersfield going back to the top of Super League.

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Rugby League - Hunte happy as Salford win

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Alan Hunte, pictured, was delighted with the performance of Lee Gaskell

Gaskell, 22, marked his debut with a sparkling 40-metre try after only four minutes before Huddersfield staged a recovery from 20-10 down to level 20-20. Then Mark Sneyd secured only Salford's second win of the season with a drop goal eight minutes from time.

Hunte, who has thrown his hat into the ring for the permanent job, said: "I hope Lee starts every game like that. He is a quality player but a young man who still has a lot to learn."

He added: "Mark Sneyd and Lee used to oppose each other at youth level and they showed today they are both talented Super League players.

"Mark took a smart one pointer which took them by surprise.

"It was a deserved result because we were the better team. Huddersfield threw everything at us and I was worried when they scored two quick tries to make it 20-20."

Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson had no complaints with the result wich followed on from last week's defeat at Warrington.

"In life you get what you deserve and we came up against an enthusiastic and energetic team," he said. "We looked like we had never been on a field together at times but credit to Salford they did not give us anything.

"I am disappointed all round defensively and offensively although Eorl Crabtree was very good.

"It's easy for an ambitious team like us to play the Wigans and Warringtons but we need a similar attitude against the Salfords and obviously our attitude was not right."

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