Castleford boss delighted with players’ response

Ben Roberts in action in his best game in a Castleford shirt, according to his head coach.

Ben Roberts in action in his best game in a Castleford shirt, according to his head coach.

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Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has praised his players for the way they got back on track against Salford and turned round their poor display against Huddersfield the previous week.

Led by fit-again Michael Shenton, the Tigers were in control for much of their latest game and went on to complete a deserved second win of the season in the Super League.

“The performance and result was much, much better and it was just what we needed in terms of first of all getting the two points, but also in the way we played as well,” Powell told the Express.

“It wouldn’t been hard to improve on the week before, but there were a lot of things to like about our performance - the control and accuracy in a lot of what we did, our kicking game was good and we defended pretty well for the most part.

“The whole attitude and feel about the performance was a complete flip really.”

Powell said he thought it had been a real team effort, but singled out several players who he believed had their best game of the season.

He said: “The half-backs played really well. Liam Finn had a lot to do with the control and he had a hand in most of the tries. Luke Gale’s kicking game was outstanding and I thought Ben Roberts had his best game for us so far with his running game, probing and causing trouble.

“Grant Millington had his best game of the season, which was good to see because we needed him to step up.

“Overall it was just a great pack performance. Nathan Massey was really good as well.

“Most of the players were excellent. Justin Carney and Michael Shenton were great on the left and it was just a really strong team effort.

“You can talk about James Clare and his effort on the other wing and you can talk about everybody really.”

Powell was delighted with the way Roberts was able to adapt to a strange position when he went to full-back after Luke Dorn had to go off with a nasty facial injury.

He added: “It was a tough one when Luke Dorn had to come off, but Ben Roberts slotted in there and did well.

“I think he was a little bit nervous at first, but I thought he coped with it admirably and he looked pretty good coming out of back field.

“He hadn’t done any work previously playing at full-back so I thought it was good from him.

“I thought he was good at nine as well, he really caused them some trouble out of dummy-half.”