Result from the Salford City Stadium -
Salford City Reds 20
T - Holdsworth, Williams, Pattern, James
G - Holdsworth 2
Wigan Warriors 40
T - Goulding 2, Charnley, S Tomkins 2, Carmont, Farrell, Russell
G - Charnley 4
Wigan Warriors ran out comfortable 20-40 winners away to the Salford City Reds on Friday night.
The visitors dominated the game and led 30-8 at the break, a superb team effort and ideal preparation for the big derby at St Helens in a week's time.
Wigan ran in eight tries in a workmanlike performance with a superb following of Warriors fans in full voice behind the goal.
Sam Tomkins and Darrell Goulding grabbed a brace, the other Wigan try scorers were Josh Charnley, George Carmont, Liam Farrell and Matty Russell. Josh kicked 4 from 8 conversions.
Wigan made a couple of forced changes to the side that lost narrowly at home to Warrington last time out, both Pat Richards and Skipper Sean O'Loughlin missed out through injury, Matthew Russell moved onto the left wing with Josh Charnley taking over kicking duties once more, Liam Farrell moved to loose forward with Joe Mellor on the bench. Lee Mossop returned after injury replacing Epalahame Lauaki who served the first of his two game suspension. Brett Finch captained the Warriors side.
The Reds included former Warriors Josh Veivers, Sean Gleeson, Stuart Howarth, Lee Jewitt, Stephen Wild, Jordan James and Iafeta Paleaaesina.
It took the visitors less than 3 minutes to open their account, the ball was moved quickly to the right and centre Darrell Goulding was in for the try out wide, Josh Charnley added a difficult conversion and the Warriors were 0-6 to the good.
Salford responded on 7 minutes at the other end, a break by winger Danny Williams and he sent a pass inside to the supporting Daniel Holdsworth who crashed over for the try, the stand off missed the extras,4-6.
Wigan were denied their second try, Sam Tomkins pulled back after a break due to interference and at the other end a Gleeson pass found Danny Williams who did well to squeeze in at the corner for the Reds second try of the game, again Holdsworth missed the conversion but the home side led 8-6.
Within four minutes and Wigan were in for their second try, Thomas Leuluai creating the gap for Darrell Goulding to score his second try of the game, this time Charnley missed the goal, 8-10.
Josh Charnley became Wigan's second try scorer on the night with the Warriors third try on 21 minutes; the winger added the goal, 8-16.
Two minutes later, Wigan with the momentum and a Hock offload sent Sam Tomkins through a gap for the touchdown; Charnley struck the extras, 8-22 and the Warriors with a healthy lead.
On 30 minutes, it was try number five for the visitors, Hock's pass found its way into the hands of George Carmont who was on hand to touchdown; Charnley missed the extras, 8-26.
Williams was denied a try by James Child on 33 minutes, off side from a kick on the last tackle.
Wigan scored the try of the half on 36 minutes, McIlorum this time with the break, the Warriors keeping the ball alive through Sam Tomkins and Carmont, Liam Farrell with the excellently worked move. Charnley again missed the conversion and the visitors led 8-30 at the break.
Within four minutes of the restart, Sam Tomkins was in for his second try of the evening which Charnley converted, 8-36.
There was at last something for the home fans to cheer on 55 minutes, Pattern with the Reds third try of the evening which Holdsworth converted, 14-36.
Quick hands and a swift move to the left just before the hour mark resulted in Wigan's eighth try of the night, Russell in at the corner; Charnley missed the goal, 14-40.
The Reds scored late on through Jordan James which Holdsworth converted and it ended 20-40.
A complete all round performance and Wigan back to winning ways following the loss against the Wolves, the Warriors can now prepare for Saints on Good Friday at Langtree Park.
Salford City Reds - Luke Pattern, Josh Veivers, Joel Moon, Sean Gleeson, Danny Williams, Daniel Holdsworth, Matty Smith, Ryan Boyle, Stuart Howarth, Lee Jewitt, Matty Ashurst, Vinnie Anderson, Stephen Wild
Replacements - Gareth Owen, Luke Adamson, Jordan James, Iafeta Paleaaesina
Wigan Warriors - Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Matty Russell, Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, Lee Mossop, Michael McIloum, Paul Prescott, Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen, Liam Farrell
Replacements - Joe Mellor, Ben Flower, Jeff Lima, Chris Tuson
Referee - James Child