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Bradford Bulls boss Mick Potter frustrated after Salford try levels scores just before end
Mick Potter could not hide his frustration last night after the Bulls conceded a late try to draw 20-20 at Salford.
Tom Burgess’ 71st-minute score, following an earlier hat-trick from Karl Pryce, was converted by Luke Gale to put Bradford 20-16 up and on course for a sixth away win of the season.
Yet Salford refused to lie down and Jodie Broughton struck four minutes from time to level the scores, with Daniel Holdsworth missing the conversion that could have sealed victory for the hosts.
Potter felt his men had generally underperformed and said afterwards: “I don’t know whether it was a fair result but we’ll take one point, given that both teams probably underperformed.
“There was probably a bit of ill-discipline from both teams and we need to sort our situation out.
“We came up with some pretty poor decision-making. We let the game slip but Salford are probably thinking the same in their dressing room.
I don’t know whether it was a fair result but we’ll take one point, given that both teams probably underperformedMick Potter
“I’m not satisfied with our performance. The players worked very hard but we just didn’t do the right thing enough. We weren’t smart enough at the right time.”
Potter felt Pryce was culpable defensively after former Leeds winger Danny Williams scored two tries down his flank.
“He might have done okay to score his tries but there are some things that we need to look at other than just the tries he scored,” said the Bulls boss.
“There is a defensive part of the game that needs to be addressed as well and that wasn’t good enough for us.”
Olivier Elima was sinbinned for a professional foul late on and Salford drew level moments later through Broughton’s try.
Yet Potter said: “Salford probably did three professional fouls and no action was taken, but that wasn’t why they scored.”
The Bulls’ under-20s lost 52-16 to Salford last night, with Matt Bailey, Sam Wood and Kyle Williamson on the scoresheet for Bradford.
Meanwhile, Bulls fans have the chance to meet Potter’s squad tomorrow in celebrations to mark the 45th anniversary of Blue Hills Farm Shop in Birkenshaw.
The ‘Festival on the Farm’ runs from 1-6pm and includes events for the whole family.