Veivers impressed by Holdsworth display

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Daniel Holdsworth (pictured) has been earmarked as a replacement for Matty Smith at Salford City Reds
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Daniel Holdsworth (pictured) has been earmarked as a replacement for Matty Smith at Salford City Red …

Salford coach Phil Veivers praised stand-off Daniel Holdsworth for stepping up in their 24-22 Super League win at Hull KR just two days after Matty Smith's departure to Wigan.

Smith left the club with immediate effect on Friday leaving Veivers and his players the job of pulling together to make the departure easier to cope with. Holdsworth pulled the strings for the Reds and Veivers wants more of the same in the coming weeks.

"Daniel went good after being exceptional in the Exiles game and backing it up," said Veivers. "He had to take on a lot more responsibility with Matty leaving."

He added: "That's a credit to Daniel and I thought Mark Sneyd handled it pretty good too, especially his kicking game.

"It's important for the senior group to help Daniel out. He has plenty of skill and he has the ability and we need to nurture him along and mould him into the type of player we want him to be.

"It's been a tough week all round for the players and it hit them pretty hard. We only found out at the back end of the week as I did on Friday. We showed a lot of character and did not let it affect us."

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock hinted that the lethargy shown by his side was a result of some very intense games in recent weeks against St Helens, Catalan and Warrington.

"We were very lethargic and flat which is very disappointing," he said.

"The only thing I can think of for my boys is that the last month has been very intense with massive matches.

"There were some very basic errors that you'd criticise an Under-10s side for doing. We need to make sure those errors don't happen again."

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