The Ammies fell to a third straight league defeat away from The Peninsula Stadium, at the hands of Bolton Wanderers.
Eoin Doyle opened the scoring in the first half after a moment’s hesitation at the back, before Jordan Turnbull put through his own net in the second half.
Brandon Thomas-Asante had a good chance to level in the first half but was denied by Matt Gilks, one of four changes made by Ian Evatt. The 38-year-old stopper then also denied Ash Hunter in the second period after the winger found a rare patch of space in the Bolton penalty area after good work by Bruno Andrade.
It’s not the way Richie Wellens hoped his first league game in charge would go and there were a few aspects of the performance that stood out for the manager as areas for improvement:
“The result was poor but the performance was poor as well. In the first half [we were] miles off it in terms of our energy levels, second balls, competing, and our passing was non-existent, I’ve never seen so many turnovers in a game for quite a while.
“When we did get it right we did get into their final third and there was opportunities to score.
“I thought second half we played well at times, the second goal came at a bad time for us because we looked like the team that was going to get the next goal, but the lack of desire and body language was very poor tonight, especially first half.”
A double change at half time saw Bruno Andrade and Luke Burgess come on and for a while Salford looked more creative and hungry, but ultimately there was no way back into the contest.
“I thought Bruno and Burgess come on and they found pockets, they was good in possession, you could trust them with the ball so they made a difference.
“In the first half there were too many people stood still, not making any movement or trying to get on the ball. If you want to be a passing team and people don’t move then that’s going to become very difficult.”
It’s been a busy start for the new man in charge, but there are eight days until Bradford City visit in our next Sky Bet League Two game and an opportunity for plenty of work.