Derby County grabbed three vital points by beating newcomers Bolton Wanders at the Macron Stadium.
David Nugent got both the Rams goals in the first-half, in a dominant display which should have seen Derby win by more.
Gary Madine scored for Bolton in a game where the Trotters failed to impress. The Lancashire club struggling already with the rigors of Championship football, it seems boss Phil Parkinson still has a lot of work to do.
Nugent got his first goal on the eighth minute mark when Matej Vydra played a low pass into the area and the experienced Nugent slotted home from six yards.
The 32 year-old striker who started his career with Bury, scored his second on the 21st minute when he headed in from four yards out, from a Johnny Russell cross.
The Rams could have scored at least four or five on the day, but didn’t have to rue missed opportunities as Bolton were not only shambolic at the back but upfront as well.
Derby keeper Scott Carson didn’t have a single shot to save in the whole of the 90 minutes. He couldn’t do anything to stop Gary Madine’s late consolation goal.
On the poor performance Bolton boss Parkinson said: “Two weeks ago we played Leeds and conceded a couple of soft goals and we did the same thing today. Against a good team like Derby it becomes a difficult afternoon. You can talk about Derby’s movement but the goals were soft from our point of view.
“Both we should have avoided and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb against a good side. The first one came from a throw-in and if you look at the footage and think in five seconds it was going to end up in the back of our net you wouldn’t believe it. Simple things like that have got to be done better.”
Gary Rowett was delighted with Nugent’s display, saying: “Nugent is a brilliant all-round player for us in the Championship. Not only can he score goals but his work-rate is tireless. His finishes were great, the first one Matej Vydra crosses and Nugent gets across the first defender with a deft touch.
“The second one was slightly different, Johnny Russell produced some good wing play and Nugent drifted away from the defenders and sensed where the space was. The first 45 minutes were probably the best 45 minutes of football we have had since we came back to the club. Another goal would have put the gloss on it.”