Salford Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall says there remains a positive mood within the camp despite a difficult start to the Betfred Super League season.

Marshall admitted his side’s victory on Friday against Leigh Centurions has lifted spirits at the club after what had been a poor start.

Salford suffered three straight Betfred Super League defeats to St Helens, Hull FC and Catalans Dragons before finally getting a win on the board when they saw off Leigh 34-8 on Friday.

Next up for the Red Devils is a tough test against Castleford Tigers (8/1 – Grand Final winner), who lost for the first time this season last time out against Wigan after starting with three wins.

Marshall says Salford will approach Friday’s home clash with confidence but admits he wants to see more improvement from his players.

“We feel good,” he said. “We know we have to play better over the next couple of weeks.

“It will be a tough game (against Castleford), they’re a good team. We’ll have to be at our best, our defence will have to improve, our ball control will have to improve.

“But I think there’s a lot more improvement with this squad, we’ve given ourselves a chance and we’ll be going to compete.”

Marshall has also revealed Kallum Watkins is set to miss Friday’s clash against the Tigers with a hand injury, while Pauli Pauli is still struggling with his ankle injury and Elijah Taylor’s shoulder injury remains an ongoing issue.

Following the win over Leigh, Salford (80/1 – Grand Final winner) have moved up to ninth in the Betfred Super League standings, while Castleford sit fourth, two points behind early pacesetters Wigan (9/4) and St Helens (2/1), who have both recorded four wins from four outings in 2021.

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