Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Hull City

  • April 30, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Stephen Dobbie came off the bench to score the only goal, as Bolton ended their home campaign with victory over Hull City at Macron Stadium.

Dobbie, whose appearances have been largely restricted to substitute roles throughout the season, replaced Zach Clough on the hour and made an instant impact, as he latched on to a cross from Lawrie Wilson before firing into the net.

Hull struck the woodwork on two separate occasions, with Robert Snodgrass and Chuba Akpom the unfortunate players, but the Tigers failed to show why they have reached the lofty heights of 4th-place in the Championship, as Wanderers secured a rare three points.

Interim manager Jimmy Phillips initially made two changes to the Bolton side that lost at Cardiff City last time out, as Tyler Garratt and Mark Davies returned to the side at the expense of Niall Maher and Oscar Threlkeld, but he was forced into another when Josh Vela was injured in the warm-up and had to be replaced by Wilson.

Early chances for Chuba Akpom and Shaun Maloney failed to seriously test Ben Amos in the Wanderers goal and it wasn't until the 20-minute mark that either side looked like breaking the deadlock.

That opportunity fell the way of the hosts, as Davies burst into the Hull box before pulling the ball back for Darren Pratley. His goalbound shot was parried by Eldin Jakupovic, while Neil Danns fired wide after Zach Clough's rebound had been blocked.

The Tigers suddenly burst into life and should have gone ahead from the next attack, but Akpom headed wide from inside the box after diving between two defenders to get on the end of a cross.

Pratley headed wide as the half began to come to a close, before Robert Snodgrass clipped the top of the crossbar with a free-kick from distance as the two sides sent in scoreless at the break.

There were no changes to either team at the start of the second period, which began with Amos tipping the ball behind after Maloney looked to catch him out with a cheeky lofted attempt.

Neil Danns was denied a certain goal on what could be his final Macron Stadium appearance, as he latched on to a through ball from Clough before seeing a low shot on the turn parried away by Jakupovic.

Bolton came even closer from the resulting corner, with David Wheater seeing a header cleared off the line, but Hull provided a reminder that they were still in the game when Akpom thundered a strike off the underside of the bar at the other end as he got on the end of a cutback from Ahmed Almohamady.

The deadlock was finally broken on 65 minutes, much to the delight of the home fans, as Dobbie fired home to lift the mood inside the ground.

Neat combination play from Danns and Wilson down the right-hand side ended with the latter crossing into the Hull box. Hesitation from defenders, caused in part by pressure from Pratley, allowed the ball to roll across to an unmarked Dobbie, who fired low and hard past Jakupovic with a first-time volley.

Dobbie was involved again shortly afterwards, teeing up Davies for a shot that was well held by the Tigers goalkeeper, with that proved to be the final shooting opportunity of an otherwise quiet contest.

Victory for Bolton, only their fifth in the league all season, isn't enough to lift them off the foot of the table, a position they are destined to finish, while defeat for Hull could have implications on home advantage in the second leg of the play-offs.

Wanderers end their campaign with a trip to Fulham next Saturday, where they will look to avoid setting a new club record of 26 league defeats and also becoming only the third Trotters side to go through an entire season without a win on the road.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Wilson, Holding, Wheater, Garratt, Danns, Osede, Pratley, Davies, Heskey (Newell 64), Clough (Dobbie 59)
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Moxey, Woolery, Thomas, Walker
Booked: Pratley, Davies
Goals: Dobbie 65

Hull City: Jakupovic, Lenihan, Dawson, Maguire, Clucas, Elmohamady, Hayden, Huddlestone (Taylor 80), Snodgrass, Maloney (Aluko 70), Akpom (Diame 70)
Subs Not Used: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, Livermore
Booked: Clucas, Huddlestone

Referee: Graham Scott
Attendance: 14,366

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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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