Salford City continued their unbeaten start at home in Sky Bet League Two with a 3-0 win against Bradford City.
All the goals came in the first half, two from Luke Burgess either side of an Ian Henderson effort, while Bradford created very little.
Burgess was one of four changes made by Richie Wellens in response to last week’s defeat at Bolton, and after recording his first League Two win in charge of Salford he was happy with the reaction of the players.
“If you look at the first 45 minutes compared to Bolton, like night and day, but I’m just really pleased with the reaction.
“We didn’t make any bones about it, we weren’t happy with Friday but sometimes it can happen for the better the fact that you get one of your worst performances in your first game.
“I have to say the players on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday trained really well, they took on a lot of what we give them. I think we could have scored more, we could have had eight or nine today.”
The 21-year-old was a nuisance all afternoon on his first start in the EFL. After being re-called early from a successful loan spell at Fylde that yielded three goals in four appearances, he has impressed Wellens and earned his first start.
“I’ve watched him for probably 10 days and he finds little pockets, a very clever little footballer.
“He has a lot of talent, if he applies himself in the right way, works on his physique because he’s still a boy even though he’s 21, he can definitely improve physically.
“I think he’s quick, as you’ve seen in the second half, he’s a good ball carrier so he can go beyond this level if he really wants to push himself and develop his body, he’s a good footballer he’s really good when he’s got the ball at his feet.”
It marks an important landmark in the former Wigan Athletic trainee’s career, and he was delighted to start in the right manner.
His first came from being in the right place to convert a parried effort from Bruno Andrade, while the second was a brisk counter down the right that ended with a shot from a narrow angle that beat Richard O’Donnell.
“It was a good start, once I heard I was in the team I knew I wanted to come in and make a positive impact and luckily enough I got two goals.
“I seen Bruno cut in and shoot and I thought gamble, luckily the keeper punched it out to me and I didn’t know much about it to be honest, it came off my right foot and it was in.
“It was a big moment, it’s been a long time coming.”