Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Hull City

  • May 16, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton confirmed their Premier League status for next season after a 1-1 draw with Hull City.

Gretar Steinsson gave Wanderers the lead midway through the first half, but Craig Fagan pulled the visitors level two minutes after the break following a mistake from Danny Shittu.

Typical of a side in a relegation scrap, Hull pushed forward for the winner, but found Jussi Jaaskelainen in superb form as the game ended all square.

Wanderers began the game on the front foot and Matt Taylor was first to try his luck, but shot over from the edge of the area.

Hull forward Manucho could easily have gone into the referee's notebook following a clash with Shittu, which left the Bolton defender needing lengthly treatment, but he was the main threat for the visitors.

First, he shot straight at Jaaskelainen from 30 yards, before heading straight at the Finn a few minutes later from a Nicky Barmby cross.

With 26 minutes on the clock, the hosts took the lead, against the run of play, through Steinsson's second goal of the season.

A burst of pace from Johan Elmander took him from his own half to the edge of the Tigers area. He then pulled the ball back to Fabrice Muamba, who in turn found Taylor, but after his shot was blocked, the ball fell to the feet of Steinsson who struck into bottom corner of Boaz Myhill's goal.

Hull responded immediately and should have equalised just a minute later, but Manucho somehow missed the target from six yards after a good run from Sam Ricketts.

Referee Peter Walton gave a corner and Barmby almost stole in unattended at the back post to head home, but his effort was the wrong side of the post.

Chances at both ends were soon to come, with Elmander forcing Myhill into a smart stop, before Geovanni headed straight at Jaaskelainen at the other end.

Gary Cahill saw a header cleared off the line by Fagan in first half stoppage time, as Wanderers took their one goal advantage into the break.

Muamba had a chance to double Bolton's lead within 60 seconds of the restart, but he completely missed the ball when in goalscoring territory.

That miss was the start of a counter attack which sent the near on 5,000 travelling supporters into frenzy.

Myhill rolled the ball out to Richard Garcia and his long ball caused trouble in the Wanderers backline, resulting in Fagan taking advantage of poor defending from Shittu and firing past Jaaskelainen to pull Hull level.

Just after the hour, the hosts were denied by a goal line clearance for the second time, as Gavin McCann's deflected header was cleared by Fagan.

McCann would soon try his luck again, forcing Myhill into a stop with a volley from the edge of the area.

Just a couple of minutes later, Phil Brown's side went close to taking the lead, with Barmby's half-volley coming back off the post with Jaaskelainen beaten.

Daniel Cousin replaced Geovanni for the final 13 minutes and he almost made an instant impact. Rising highest, he met an Andy Dawson free-kick, but Jaaskelainen pulled off one of the saves of the season to push the ball onto the crossbar before Fagan shot wide from the rebound.

Jaaskelainen was soon called upon again, saving a Fagan header, but neither side created any clear cut chances in the final 10 minutes, as the game ended in a draw.

The point means Bolton are now mathematically safe from relegation, while Hull are left one point above the bottom three, with a game against champions Manchester United on Sunday week.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Shittu, Samuel, K Davies, Muamba (Basham 82), McCann, M Davies, Taylor (Riga 82), Elmander (Makukula 89)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Puygrenier, Cohen
Booked: Samuel
Goals: Steinsson 26

Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Dawson, Kilbane, Fagan, Boateng, Garcia, Barmby (Marney 72), Geovanni (Cousin 77), Manucho (Halmosi 83)
Subs Not Used: Duke, Doyle, Hughes, Cooper
Booked: Boateng, Dawson
Goals: Fagan 47

Attendance: 25,085
Referee: Peter Walton

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