RICHIE Wellens admits his Salford side did not to enough to beat “struggling” Wanderers.

Managing his first league game at the Ammies, Wellens was unhappy with the lack of attacking intent shown in the first half, when they fell behind to a goal from his former Swindon charge, Eoin Doyle.

Jordan Turnbull’s freak own goal killed off the momentum Salford had built in the second half, after which Wanderers could have extended their lead with a few good chances towards the end of the game.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” Wellens admitted. “I knew that last week when we played Hartlepool (in the cup), he said.

“The biggest disappointment for me was the start of the game; the body language, the energy and the appetite to go and play against a team who, let’s be honest, have been struggling.

“We were OK in the second half but we can’t concede a goal like that. You need to take the chances when they come your way.

“In the first half we were so poor in possession of the ball. Every pass was behind or to the wrong side.”

On Turnbull’s rush of blood, Wellens added: “Jordan has apologised for it but all he has to do is let it run through to the keeper. It is a harmless ball forward.

“It was a turning point in the game because we looked like we were causing trouble.

“In that good spell we need to score. Even when it went to 2-0, there was no desire or belief to get back in the game.”

On Bolton’s first goalscorer, he added: “Eoin Doyle is a good striker. He makes runs and pulls off the shoulder and scored a goal. It is what it is.”