Bolton Wanderers 4-1 Hull City

  • February 23, 2013 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL:

Bolton scored three goals inside the opening eight minutes on Saturday, as they beat Hull City 4-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

Wanderers - who have been labelled as slow starters in recent weeks - burst out of the starting blocks and found themselves a goal to the good inside 90 seconds, as Darren Pratley powered a diving header into the net.

Bolton added a second just three minutes later as Mark Davies' fierce low strike found a way into the bottom corner of David Stockdale's goal, before Craig Dawson made it three by heading home a corner with less than ten minutes played.

Hull found a way back into the game midway through the second half, as Robbie Brady's deflected free-kick found a way past Adam Bogdan, but Bolton restored their three-goal advantage just two minutes later as Dawson flicked home his second of the game to seal the victory.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that drew at Derby County on Tuesday night, with Marcos Alonso, Mark Davies and Marvin Sordell taking the places of Tyrone Mears, Chris Eagles and Craig Davies.

With both sides coming into the game on the back of three-game unbeaten runs, a tight affair was expected and nobody would have predicted what was about to unfold inside the opening eight minutes.

Just 90 seconds into the game, Mark Davies released Lee Chung-Yong down the left flank. The South Korea international cut inside and spotted the run of Pratley, before firing a cross into the box for the former Swansea City midfielder to score his first goal of the season with a diving header.

Three minutes later, Wanderers doubled their advantage after taking advantage of poor defending from the visitors. Although penalty appeals were turned down after David Ngog had tumbled over inside the box, the Hull defenders appeared to stop. The loose ball fell to Mark Davies on the edge of the area and he struck a low effort beyond Stockdale, who should really have kept out the shot.

It looked as though Hull were going to be in for a long afternoon and things got even worse for them with eight minutes played - as Jay Spearing's corner was headed goalwards by Dawson, before the ball was slammed into the net by Sordell. Television replays later confirmed Dawson's header had crossed the line and he was credited with his first goal for the club.

Facing an uphill task, Hull's first chance of the game arrived shortly after the quarter-hour mark - with a free-kick from Brady bringing a good save out of Bogdan.

Wanderers continued with their attacking impetus and almost made if four on 20 minutes, but Sordell's first-time strike hit the outside of the post and went behind for a goal-kick.

As the snow began to fall inside the stadium, Bolton began to calm down and take control of the game - while the visitors were enjoying more time on the ball than they had done inside the frantic opening exchanges.

The closest either side came to altering the scores before the break was through Corry Evans, but the only people in danger were the Wanderers fans high-up behind the goal - as Bolton took their 3-0 lead into the interval.

Both sides came out exactly as they were for the start of the second half and it was the visitors who had the first chance, four minutes after the restart. After Spearing had clattered into Robert Koren just outside the Wanderers penalty area, Brady blazed a free-kick high and wide of the target from a dangerous position.

Alex Bruce headed another Brady free-kick over the top shortly afterwards, before Bolton made their first change of the afternoon - as an unhappy Sordell was replaced by Craig Davies. Sordell initially snubbed the attention of Freedman, before shaking the manager's hand and taking his place on the bench.

Hull boss Steve Bruce also made changes, as he looked to get his side back into the game - with George Boyd and Jay Simpson taking the places of Koren and Gedo on the hour.

Those changes had the desired impact as, eight minutes later, the Tigers were back in it courtesy of a deflected free-kick from Brady - making the score 3-1.

Any dreams of a comeback were almost instantly wiped away, as Bolton added a fourth goal just two minutes later. After Dawson had hit the post and Ngog had seen a shot blocked, Alonso's mishit strike found its way towards Dawson - who diverted a neat flick into the bottom corner to seal the points for the hosts.

Comfortable with the three-goal lead, Freedman opted to hand a debut to January signing Medo Kamara - with Ngog the man to make way.

As the game drew to a close and Bolton heading for victory, David Wheater replaced Mark Davies for the final five minutes in what was his first senior game since rupturing ligaments in his knee last May.

Wheater formed a three-man partnership with Dawson and Zat Knight for the closing stages, but wasn't troubled as Bolton claimed their biggest victory of the season so far and move up two places to 14th in the Championship table.

Having gone unbeaten in four league games for only the second time this season, Bolton will look to extend that record when they play host to Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, M Davies (Wheater 87), Spearing, Pratley, Chung-Yong, Sordell (C Davies 57), Ngog (Medo 74)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Eagles, De Ridder, K Davies
Booked: Dawson, Alonso
Goals: Pratley 2, M Davies 5, Dawson 8,70

Hull City: Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Elmohamady, Evans, Gedo (Simpson 61), Quinn, Brady, Meyler (Cairney 83), Koren (Boyd 60)
Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Fathy, Proschwitz
Booked: Meyler
Goals: Brady 68

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 17,655

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
View Full Standings >>


Who is Bolton's 2020/21 Player of the Year?
56.86% Ricardo Santos
17.79% Matt Gilks
10.64% Alex Baptiste
9.94% Eoin Doyle
2.52% Antoni Sarcevic
1.54% Gethin Jones
0.42% Nathan Delfouneso
0.28% Ryan Delaney