Hull City 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 25, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's torrid start to life back in the Championship continues, after they crashed and burned to a 4-0 defeat at Hull City.

Despite their obvious struggles at Macron Stadium, Wanderers actually went into the game unbeaten on the road - having held both Millwall and Birmingham City to credible draws.

Victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night gave a renewed sense of optimism ahead of kick-off at the KCOM Stadium, but that was quickly dispersed as goals inside the opening half-hour from Adama Diomande, Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki fired Hull into a resounding 3-0 lead.

It was a case of damage limitation after the interval but the Tigers were to find the net once more, with Bowen adding his second - Hull's fourth - two minutes from time to inflict Phil Parkinson's heaviest defeat in charge of the Trotters - somewhat humiliatingly at the scene of one of his former clubs.

After making seven changes to the side for their midweek cup win at Macron Stadium, Parkinson reverted back to a team similar to the one that started against Derby County last Saturday - with Will Buckley being preferred to Darren Pratley being the only alteration.

Wanderers looked promising in the early exchanges, with Filipe Morais and Gary Madine combining well in the final third, while Hull had an early sighter of their own as a free-kick from Bowen was hurried clear by the visiting defence.

The hosts were ahead inside 13 minutes, though, as Grosicki showed a turn of pace to get away from Reece Burke down the right-hand side before squaring to Diomande, who had the simple task of slotting beyond Mark Howard from close range.

Jem Karacan, standing in as captain for the night, was clearly injured in the build-up to that goal and was forced off in the immediate aftermath, with Pratley coming on to replace him with just 15 minutes on the clock.

His introduction almost gave Bolton an instant response to falling behind, with Allan McGregor required to be at his absolute best to stick out a foot and prevent an equaliser.

That save proved to be a decisive moment as, just two minutes later, Hull doubled their advantage as they once again made a mockery of the Wanderers backline.

With Morais and Burke again struggling to cover the right-side of defence, Grosicki got in behind unopposed and crossed to an unmarked Bowen, who headed into the top corner to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Things would go from bad to worse for Parkinson's men, who trailed 3-0 before the half-hour as Grosicki, provider of the opening two goals, got himself on the scoresheet.

Latching on to a simple ball over the top, Burke was once again left for dead by the pace of the Poland international. After working his way to the edge of the box, Grosicki cut inside a challenge from Dorian Dervite before firing into the bottom corner.

Diomande fired over shortly before the break, although an offside flag had already beed raised, while Howard was alert to deny the hosts a fourth by getting down to keep out a strike from Bowen at the second attempt.

Derik Osede was introduced as Wanderers emerged for the start of the second-half, with Buckley sacrificed as Parkinson looked to shore up a defensive unit clearly struggling to cope with the threat of Grosicki.

With little in the way of attacking threat, combined with Hull being happy to soak up any limited pressure placed upon them, Bolton's final substitution came on the hour as Le Fondre came on for a seemingly injured Josh Cullen.

Le Fondre managed to get a shot on target within moments of entering the field of play, with McGregor making a comfortable stop.

McGregor was called into action again later on, but the game had entered the final 10 minutes by this stage, with Armstrong racing clear before seeing a powerful strike parried to safety.

The scoring was complete two minutes from time, though, as Bowen latched on to a pass from Diomande before turning and firing low into the bottom corner to give Hull a 4-0 victory that actually flattered the losing side.

With the international break giving Championship clubs a fortnight off, Bolton face the prospect of returning to action as the division's bottom club. They will start the weekend in 23rd position, although a point for Brentford in Saturday's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers will see Parkinson's men drop to the foot of the table.

They return to action on September 9, when big-spending Middlesbrough are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Hull City: McGregor, Hector, Dawson, Mazuch, Aina, Larsson, Meyler (Toral 80), Clark (Kingsley 77), Bowen, Diomande, Grosicki (Weir 86)
Subs Not Used: Mannion, Batty, Luer, Lenihan
Booked: Meyler
Goals: Diomande 13, Bowen 19,88, Grosicki 29

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, A Taylor, Beevers, Burke, Dervite, Morais, Karacan (Pratley 15), Cullen (Le Fondre 59), Buckley (Osede 46), Armstrong, Madine
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Little, Robinson, Wilbraham
Booked: Cullen, Osede

Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 16,207

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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15 Cambridge United 21 26
16 Bolton Wanderers 21 26
17 AFC Wimbledon 19 24
18 Lincoln City 20 21
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