Richie Wellens suffered a first defeat as Salford manager as his former striker Eoin Doyle set Bolton on the way to a 2-0 League Two win.
Doyle netted 23 goals in 23 games for Wellens when the pair helped Swindon into League One last season.
The Irish marksman, back after a four-match hamstring injury, showed those finishing skills again in Friday’s Greater Manchester derby as he netted Wanderers’ 24th-minute opener from captain Antoni Sarcevic’s astute pass.
Bolton’s victory, which lifted Ian Evatt’s team five places up to 15th, was guaranteed when Jordan Turnbull volleyed Gethin Jones’ hopeful punt upfield into his own goal midway through the second half.
Sarcevic might have made it 3-0 from Doyle’s assist but Wanderers finished comfortable winners of the first meeting between the clubs.
Bolton’s other hero was 38-year-old debut goalkeeper Matt Gilks, making his first appearance since playing for Fleetwood against Liverpool Under-21s in September 2019.
The former Scotland international, preferred to on-loan youngster Billy Crellin, tipped away Brandon Thomas-Asante’s 20-yard drive when his team led 1-0 and later kept out Ash Hunter’s low drive.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 5Almeida Santos
- 11CrawfordSubstituted forWhiteat 83′minutes
- 9DoyleSubstituted forMillerat 73′minutes
- 7DelfounesoSubstituted forIsgroveat 79′minutes
- 14BoydSubstituted forBurgessat 45′minutes
- 10HunterSubstituted forDieseruvweat 79′minutes
- 37Thomas-AsanteSubstituted forCarvalho Andradeat 45′minutes
- 11Carvalho Andrade
Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Salford City 0.
Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Salford City 0.
Attempt saved. Shaun Miller (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom White.
Foul by Di’Shon Bernard (Salford City).
Gethin Jones (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Bruno Andrade (Salford City).
Andrew Tutte (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Tom White replaces Alister Crawford.
Attempt missed. Alister Crawford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Nathan Delfouneso.
Substitution, Salford City. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Ashley Hunter.
Foul by Ibou Touray (Salford City).
Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Ibou Touray (Salford City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.
Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Shaun Miller replaces Eoin Doyle.
Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.
Oscar Threlkeld (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Kioso (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Salford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno Andrade.