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Betts - We've got character

Widnes boss Denis Betts praised the character of his side after they maintained their perfect start to the season with a 32-18 victory over Salford.

Widnes boss Denis Betts praised the resilience and character in his side after they maintained their perfect start to the season with a 32-18 victory over Salford.

The Vikings trailed 18-14 at one stage in the second half at the Select Security Stadium but hit the Red Devils with 18 unanswered points in the final quarter, including a brace of tries for the returning Kevin Brown.

The result means Betts' squad have now won six in a row stretching back to the end of the previous campaign, though he refused to get too carried away.

"It's a great start. We are only three games in but I'm happy with our performances and the resilience we are showing to get results after going behind on the scoreboard," he told Sky Sports.

"We've got lots of character. We understand what we are about and keep working towards those goals. We know that effort is something we can't afford to lack.

"I thought tonight we were a little bit scrappy in the first (half). We got a bit edgy when a couple of tries didn't go our way when we thought we'd scored, then it became a fight.

"Salford showed a lot of resilience tonight too. On the back of last week when everybody was talking about how they didn't play that well I thought they came here tonight and really got stuck into us."

Chris Dean, Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury also touched down for the Vikings, while winter recruit Danny Tickle showed his value by kicking all six of his conversion attempts as well as a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Stern test

Widnes will get a stern test of their credentials next time out when they travel to Headingley to face a Leeds side that are also unbeaten so far, though they first face a tricky trip to Huddersfield in front of the Sky cameras on Friday night.

"Their form and our form is pretty good," Betts said on the trip to the Rhinos. "We want these challenges.

"We set ourselves up through the pre-season and we looked at how we got close a couple of times last year. The idea now is to stay in the fight and stay close, then hopefully snag a couple of wins."

Salford, who had led 12-8 at the break after a quick-fire brace of tries, have now lost two in a row, but head coach Brian Noble felt they had showed improvement from their heavy home defeat at the hands of St Helens a week ago.

"It was alright up until about the 50-minute mark," he said of his side's performance.

"We didn't handle the kick at the start of the second half and we kind of lost a bit of confidence from there, I think.

"But I thought we made some massive strides in a lot of areas. We were a bit more fluent but then tried to fix it on our own again towards the back-end of the game.

"The bounce of the ball on this field didn't quite go for us. Those are the things that can happen when you're a little bit down - we are two from two and have a big game (against Warrington) next week to put it right."