Salford 38-8 Wakefield

Ryan Lannon

Ryan Lannon has scored three tries for Salford Red Devils this season

Salford Red Devils ran in seven tries to earn a comfortable Super League victory over Wakefield Wildcats at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Niall Evalds put Salford ahead before Anthony Tupou levelled, but Ryan Lannon gave the hosts a 10-4 half-time lead.

Mark Flanagan extended Salford’s advantage and Lannon went over for his second try soon after.

Rob Lui and George Griffin gave Salford a 34-point lead before Ben Jones-Bishop ran in a late Wakefield consolation.

Evalds was a replacement for winger Justin Carney, who was banned for a dangerous tackle in Saturday’s 18-12 win against Widnes.

Defeat was the Wildcats’ eighth defeat of the season and ended a four-game winning run, which included a 25-24 victory over Catalans Dragons on Sunday.

Their night was summed up towards the end of the first half when they had Danny Kirmond and Jones-Bishop sin-binned within five minutes.

Salford Red Devils coach Ian Watson:

“Our aim is a top-eight place with or without the six points that have been deducted. This was a good result and it’s great to back up from last week.

“We are a good and confident group and the boys are believing in their defence. We made too many errors with the ball in the first half but our middles had a point to prove after losing at Wakefield and did their job well.

“Gareth O’Brien and Michael Dobson were very good for us in the halves and Ryan Lannon gets into spaces you would not expect. He scares the big lads with his quick feet and we want him to back his ability with performances like that.”

Wakefield Wildcats coach Chris Chester:

“I could sense after five or 10 minutes we seemed really flat. The sin-bins killed us but I have no issues with the referee, it was a trip by Kirmo.

“Most of the penalties were justified and I did not have a problem at all with the referee’s performance.

“We are a long way off where we have been recently and Salford deserved their victory.

“They out enthused us and we came up short. We took too many shortcuts. Now we have to dust ourselves down and go again on Thursday against Hull KR.”

Salford Red Devils: O’Brien, Evalds, Jones, Sau, Vidot, Lui, Dobson, Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Hauraki, Flanagan.

Replacements: Lannon, Walne, Bibby, Joseph.

Wakefield Wildcats: Jowitt, Hall, B Tupou, Arundel, Jones-Bishop, Miller, Finn, Scruton, Sio, England, Kirmond, A Topou, Arona.

Replacements: Simon, Ashurst, Annakin, Anderson.

Referee: J Cobb.

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