Despite the lowly position of Saints’ opponents at Langtree Park on Friday night, Keiron Cunningham has warned a number of factors will favour Salford.
The Red Devils lost their Magic Weekend bout with Widnes 38-16, and sit next to bottom having lost six games on the bounce since beating Wigan on Easter Monday.
But they will be lifted by the return of half-back Rangi Chase (pictured) from a seven match ban, and Cunningham is aware of the 2011 Man of Steel’s threat.
“They are going to be tough team to play against this week and Rangi’s back,” he said.
“Rangi gives them a lot more than they’ve had at the minute. But we’re not a bad team ourselves, we’re in a bit of form and we defend pretty well and we attack pretty well.”
To compound Salford’s woes last weekend, Darrell Griffin was shown a red card against Widnes while brothers George (report) and Josh (sin bin) also fell foul of the referee after opting to play despite the death of their father last week.
And Cunningham thinks the adversity surrounding the club could play into their hands as far as results are concerned if the champions fall off their guard.
“There’s nothing worse than a wounded animal and there’s a lot of adversity at the place at the moment but I never took any of that for granted as a player and I don’t as a coach,” he said.
“They will come out fighting and everyone who plays against the champions comes out fighting at Langtree Park so we’re going to have to be good this week.
“As a player and as a coach I enjoy coaching and playing in adversity.
“I always have done. When you’re not expected to win or people go out and tell you that you can’t win you want to go out and prove people wrong.”