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Bradford boss Francis Cummins said his side would be better for beating Salford

Last Updated: 02/04/13 7:11am

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Bradford boss Francis Cummins expects his side to learn from their 36-24 victory over Salford on Monday.

The Bulls charged into a big lead at the break but allowed the visitors back into the match before asserting again late on.

Cummins paid tribute to Salford while adding that his own side were impressive in spells.

"You have to earn the right to play and we were perhaps a little bit naive during that spell."
Francis Cummins

"We went a long time without the ball but that was all credit to Salford who picked themselves up well at half time," he said.

"We defended really well against them but you can't come out of a bog after defending three sets and try to come up with big plays - you have to play a bit more conservatively, think about field position and get yourselves back in the game.

"You have to earn the right to play and we were perhaps a little bit naive during that spell.

"Eventually we went back to what we were doing in the first half and turned them around, trading set for set, and when we did that we looked really good.

"If we find ourselves in that position again, next time I hope we can handle it a little bit better. They have worked really hard and I can't be disappointed."

Salford interim-coach Alan Hunte praised his side but admitted Bradford's key players made the difference.

"They handled the game smarter than we did in the first half - their kicking game through (Jarrod) Sammut and (Danny) Addy was outstanding whereas we had a couple of kicks that went close but dead and that relieved the pressure valve.

"Sammut and Addy were probably their most dangerous weapon. But I've got to commend my guys for their effort, especially in the second half.

"In reality I think it was a bit closer than the final score suggest."

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