Hull City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 22, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's long wait for an away win continues as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Hull City.

Kamel Ghilas scored the only goal of the game as Phil Brown's side recorded their first Premier League home win of 2009.

Bolton had a great opportunity to take an early lead, but Johan Elmander dragged his shot wide after being played through by Fabrice Muamba.

Jussi Jaaskelainen was forced into action for the first time on 11 minutes, making a routine stop from Ghilas.

Summer signing Stephen Hunt then went close for the home side, shooting just over from distance after a good build up from Kamil Zayatte.

Jaaskelainen was soon called upon once again, pushing a low Geovanni strike behind for a corner before Bolton began to create some chances of their own.

First, Boaz Myhill had to make a simple stop from Elmander, before Kevin Davies shot wide and Matt Taylor went close with a free-kick.

Moments before the break, Kevin Davies had a great chance to put the visitors ahead, but he volleyed over from Sean Davis' free-kick.

After the restart, Geovanni came close the for the hosts, sending a volley of his own over Jaaskelainen's goal, before Kevin Davies headed over at the other end.

Taylor brought Myhill into another stop soon after, before the tide of the game turned with the introduction of Jozy Altidore.

The USA international was immediately involved, flicking the ball into the path of Ghilas, who capitalised on some sleepy defending from Zat Knight, and fired past Jaaskelainen to give the hosts the lead.

A couple of minutes later, Phil Brown's side could have doubled their advantage, but Zayatte headed over from Hunt's free-kick.

Altidore then had a chance to add to his assist with a goal of his own. However, after clipping the ball over the onrushing Jaaskelainen, the ball fell the wrong side of the post.

Ghilas then had a great chance to finish the game, shrugging off the challenge of Paul Robinson and shooting past Jaaskelainen, only to see his effort crash back off the crossbar.

Jaaskelainen them saved a close range shot from Altidore, before Ghilas somehow put the rebound over.

It then looked as though Hull would pay for their missed chances, as Muamba and Taylor went close for Bolton, before Sam Ricketts and substitute Lee Chung-Yong were denied late on by Myhill.

The final whistle was met by jeers from the travelling Bolton fans, who will be hoping for an upturn in results, startting with Tuesday night's Carling Cup trip to Tranmere Rovers.

Hull City: Myhill, Zayatte, Turner, Gardner, Dawson, Ghilas (Fagan 86), Olofinjana, Geovanni (Boateng 81), Kilbane, Hunt, Folan (Altidore 60)
Subs Not Used: Warner, Barmby, Halmosi, Mouyokolo
Booked: Hunt, Olofinjana, Geovanni
Goals: Ghilas 61

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson (Samuel 78), Davis, M Davies (Ward 81), Muamba, K Davies, Taylor, Elmander (Chung-Yong 71)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Steinsson, McCann, Shittu
Booked: Davis, Elmander

Attendance: 22,999
Referee: Mike Jones

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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