Elias Kachunga hopes last night’s five-star display against Salford City will give manager Ian Evatt some extra food for thought over the next few days.

Wanderers made eight changes for the Carabao Cup first round tie and made short work of their League Two opponents, registering their biggest margin of victory in the competition for 26 years.

Kachunga was among the scorers in what was his first start since April 18. The German-born striker had a positive pre-season and now hopes to have inched closer to a starting spot in the League One line-up.

“The boys who were not playing at the weekend wanted to show a good performance and we did it,” he said after the Salford victory. “Good win, goals, perfect evening.

“Obviously I have been waiting to play. I have only had a couple of minutes since the start of the season, so in the cup game I wanted to show the gaffer that I am ready to play, and I can give a good performance. One assist, one goal, I am contented.

“I think we scored a few good goals, good combinations. I think we wanted to show we could do that. At the weekend we got three goals, then five here, I am really pleased for that.

“This was a chance to make it as hard for the gaffer as possible to select a team for the weekend. He knows now that he has good options on the bench if you don’t play well.

“It was important for the guys who had not been in the team to give a performance to push the players who have been in the starting 11 for the first games. It is good to push each other.”

Wanderers had taken four points from their opening two league games and built on that momentum to progress into the second round for only the third time in the last eight seasons.

Port Vale are next up for Evatt’s men and Kachunga believes it is important for the squad not to get caught up in the excitement of such a comprehensive result.

“It has been a good start but nothing else. This was a strong performance and we are in the next round but we are only at the start. We have to keep pushing each other and keep winning,” he said.

“I will be looking forward to the next video meeting to watch that game again.

“I think there were things that we can improve and we are already thinking now about Saturday and how we have to prepare for what will be a totally different game than this one.”