Hull City 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 08, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since April as they beat Premier League newcomers Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium.

Matt Taylor scored the only goal of the game five minutes after the break but the real hero was Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a string of superb saves as Wanderers took all three points.

It was the perfect way for Bolton boss Gary Megson to celebrate his 50th game in charge of the club, despite pressure in recent weeks surrounding his future.

Before the game, a minutes silence was held in honour of the victims of World War 1, but it was cut short by referee Alan Wiley after a small minority of Bolton fans started to chant.

The chants were met by a chorus of boos from both sets of supporters, prompting Wiley to blow the whistle, with the lack of respect obvious to all inside the ground.

The hosts started the game brightly and were unlucky not to have taken the lead inside the opening 20 minutes.

Geovanni was first to try his luck, before an optimistic flick from Marlon King came back off the crossbar with Jaaskelainen routed to the spot.

Another summer signing then went close for the Tigers, but Daniel Cousin headed just wide following good work from George Boateng.

Despite seeing much of the ball, Bolton were short in goalscoring opportunities, with Johan Elmander seeing a half-chance sail wide of goal just after the half hour.

Ricardo Gardner almost capitalised on a defensive lapse just before the break, but despite beating goalkeeper Boaz Myhill to the ball, his flick back across goal was cleared to safety.

Then, five minutes after the break, the visitors went in front courtesy of Taylor's second goal of the season.

Gavin McCann's corner was only half cleared, but after hitting Gretar Steinsson, the ball fell kindly to Taylor who fired through a crowd of players to beat Myhill at his near post.

McCann went close to doubling the lead soon after, but his shot was well saved by Myhill as the hosts looked to stay in the game.

Had it not been for some superb goalkeeping from Jaaskelainen, Phil Brown's side would have taken at least a point from the game.

Former Manchester City player Geovanni looked to have equalised for the Tigers, but the Wanderers goalkeeper flung himself to his right to keep out his free-kick.

The Brazilian thought he'd scored just moments later, finding himself with a free header inside the six-yard box, Jaaskelainen somehow saved with his feet, before reacting quickest to scramble the ball away from the follow up.

Taylor and substitute Ebi Smolarek both went close for Bolton at the other end, but once again they had to rely on some superb goalkeeping to keep hold of their lead.

Jaaskelainen had to be on song to, first deny Geovanni, before making a superb block from King. Captain Ian Ashbee tried his luck near the end, but Bolton held on to claim victory on their first competitive trip to the KC Stadium.

Hull City: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Dawson (Ricketts 64), Boateng (Folan 73), Ashbee, Marney, Geovanni, King, Cousin (Mendy 54)
Subs Not Used: Duke, Barmby, Garcia, Halmosi
Booked: Dawson

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Muamba, Gardner, McCann, Taylor, Elmander (Smolarek 77), Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Helguson, Shittu, Basham, Sissons, Obadeyi
Booked: Gardner, Muamba
Goals: Taylor 50

Attendance: 24,903
Referee: Alan Wiley

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