Hull City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • December 12, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Chuba Akpom scored the only goal of the game, as Hull City cruised to victory over a lacklustre Bolton at the KC Stadium.

Akpom sealed all three points for Steve Bruce's side with just 19 minutes on the clock, as he reacted quickest to slot home after Ben Amos had initially got down well to keep out a shot from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neil Danns struck a post early in the second half, with one of just two clear shooting opportunities Wanderers created in the entire game, as they ended the afternoon with a record that now reads just one win in 26 games.

Neil Lennon made three changes to the side that started the defeat to Cardiff City last time out, as Prince-Desir Gouano, Rob Holding and Mark Davies took the places of Dorian Dervite, Gary Madine and the suspended Jose Manuel Casado.

Wanderers started brightly, with Neil Danns shooting wide inside three minutes, but it was Hull who broke the deadlock on 19 minutes, as Elmohamady's shot was stopped by Amos and Akpom reacted quickest to fire the loose ball past the helpless goalkeeper.

Liam Feeney volleyed wide midway through the half, after the ball fell kindly to him on the edge of the Tigers box, before Davies became the first player to enter the referee's book for hauling down Moses Odubajo at the home side mounted a counter attack.

Amos reacted well to prevent a wayward cross from Sam Clucas from sneaking in at the far post shortly before the break, before the same player fired over the top from close range as he stretched to meet the ball in the final moments of the half.

Akpom had one last effort as Hull looked to double their lead in stoppage time, but Amos was well placed to keep out his volley and keep the score at 1-0 as the players headed down the tunnel for their half-time discussions.

Bolton were forced into a change as the sides emerged for the start of the second period, with Jay Spearing coming on in place of Darren Pratley, who appeared to be feeling the effects of a blow to the head earlier in the game.

Just as they did inside the opening 45 minutes, the visitors started well and came close to equalising inside the first 90 seconds after the restart. Davies raced deep into opposition territory before laying the ball off to Danns, whose turned well before shooting against the foot of the post.

Shola Ameobi was next to try his luck, but his header from a Spearing free-kick was straight at Alan McGregor in the Tigers goal.

Amos was then called into action at the other end, keeping out a speculative long-range effort from Jake Livermore, while Emile Heskey, on as a substitute for the injured Ameobi, curled an effort wide as the match entered the final 20 minutes.

Elmohamady was inches away from making the required contact that would surely have resulted in a second goal for Hull shortly afterwards, before Spearing joined Wanderers teammate Davies in the book for a foul on Andrew Robertson.

Dobbie almost capitalised on a mistake from McGregor in the closing stages, after the Hull goalkeeper initially spilled a shot, but he got to his feet quickly to pounce on the loose ball and keep his clean sheet.

Livermore saw a shot deflect wide of the target inside three minutes of time added at the end of the game, but, in truth, the Tigers, without playing anywhere near their best, claimed a comfortable three points that sees them move up to 3rd in the Championship.

Bolton, meanwhile, remain at the foot of the table and without a win since September. They are now five points adrift of safety, ahead of a trip to relegation rivals Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

Hull City: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson (Maguire 85), Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Clucas, Diame (Snodgrass 66), Akpom (Diomande 77)
Subs Not Used: Huddlestone, Maloney, Jakupovic, Hayden
Booked: Snodgrass, Livermore
Goals: Akpom 19

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela (Dobbie 72), Gouano, Wheater, Holding, Moxey, Davies, Danns, Pratley (Spearing 46), Feeney, Ameobi (Heskey 69)
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Osede, Twardzik, Walker
Booked: Davies, Spearing

Referee: Michael Bull
Attendance: 15,739

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