Salford head coach Ian Watson praised Justin Carney after the winger scored two tries against parent club Castleford in a 32-16 win for the Red Devils.
Carney was sin-binned in the opening five minutes of a feisty encounter at the Jungle, following an altercation with the Tigers’ Nathan Massey.
Carney was suspended by Castleford at the end of last season following an ‘internal investigation’ by the club and subsequently joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal for 2016.
“Justin has been great this week and we spent a lot of time speaking about situations exactly like what happened,” Watson said via Sky Sports.
“He’s a big player for us. I spoke to him all week about him playing here and he was adamant that he wanted to play.
“It’s an experience this game for him. It’s probably something he’s never faced in his life before, obviously on the back of his actions.”
Watson also defended the loanee over the incident that saw him spend 10 minutes in the sin bin:
“To be fair to him, all week he’s been really good and said the right things, but the emotion kind of got to him. Jake Webster has slapped him across the face first on and then he’s lashed out again.
“He’s a guy who’s made a mistake but he’s a genuinely good guy.”
Carney’s brace of tries helped the Red Devils to their first win at the Jungle in over a decade – a win that takes Salford above Castleford in the table.
“You know you’re in for a tough game coming to Castleford so to come here and get the two points is a massive result for us,” Watson added.
“Cas are a good team and they’re what we spoke about as a group at the beginning of the season – you build a squad with no idiots in the group and who all work hard for each other.”