Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Hull City

  • October 27, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Fraizer Campbell scored the only goal as Hull City registered their first win at Bolton in 83 years - increasing the pressure on Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson.

With just one previous victory from 27 visits to the town - and none in their last 21 attempts - Campbell's winning strike arrived with just seven minutes played, as he turned inside the box before slotting low beyond a helpless Ben Alnwick.

Bolton were much improved from their midweek defeat to Nottingham Forest and had their chances to level - with Erhun Oztumer posing their biggest threat - but they failed to find a way through once again and were booed off the field at the final whistle.

Facing the heat after Wednesday's heavy home defeat, Parkinson made six changes to his starting line-up as Lloyd Dyer, Mark Beevers, Marc Wilson, Pawel Olkowski, Clayton Donaldson and Oztumer were all handed recalls. Ben Alnwick captained the side in the absence of the rested David Wheater and suspended Jason Lowe.

The hosts began brightly but, as has become all too familiar in recent weeks, they fell behind early on.

Seven minutes was all it took on this occasion, with hesitation in the Wanderers defence allowing Campbell to steal in ahead of Olkowski and Joe Williams to fire past Alnwick from close range.

Wanderers hit back and were denied an equaliser when Christian Doidge's goalbound strike was blocked by Tommy Elphick, moments before Campbell dragged an effort wide at the other end after Oztumer had been dispossessed 30 yards from his own goal.

Bolton then had a series of opportunities to draw level but failed to take any, as early frustration began to grow.

Williams pulled a shot wide from the edge of the box on 12 minutes, moments before Oztumer played a one-two with Doidge and bending a shot inches wide of David Marshall's right-hand post.

Oztumer struck over the crossbar again midway through the half, while the final chance in a spell where Wanderers were on top saw the Turkish playmaker turn provider - sending Donaldson in the clear, only for his lobbed effort to clear the bar on its way behind.

For all their attacking intent, Bolton remained vulnerable on the counter and were fortunate to escape further punishment when Kamil Grosicki shot over just after the half-hour.

Sections of the home support were on their feet on 37 minutes as Donaldson latched on to a pass from Doidge before rippling the side netting - although, much to their chagrin, the ball had flown the wrong side of the post.

Wilson headed behind from an Oztumer free-kick as the half drew to a close, with Hull somehow managing to take their advantage into the interval.

There were no changes as the players came back out for the start of the second half, which took less than five minutes to burst into life - with Josh Vela shooting straight into the waiting arms of Marshall as he got on the end of a cutback from Donaldson.

Jarrod Bowen and Oztumer saw chances come and go at opposite ends of the field, before Grosicki wasted the chance to double Hull's lead on 56 minutes when his shot from 12 yards was straight at Alnwick.

Oztumer bent another effort wide as the clock ticked beyond the hour, and it wasn't until 12 minutes from time that the next chance arrived - with Marshall saving comfortably from Olkowski.

Substitute Josh Magennis forced Marshall into a fine save with a cross-cum-shot with five minutes to play, while the final chance saw Beevers head wide as he got on the end of a corner from Oztumer.

Defeat for Bolton sees them drop one place to 19th in the Championship table, having won just one of their last 11 games. They return to action at Aston Villa on Friday night, with serious question marks hanging over the future of manager Parkinson.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Dyer (Buckley 67), Beevers, Hobbs, Wilson, Olkowski (Magennis 81), Vela, J Williams, Oztumer, Donaldson, Doidge
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Little, Taylor, Murphy, Wheater
Booked: Vela

Hull City: Marshall, Lichaj, Elphick, McKenzie, Kingsley, Bowen (Mazuch 66), Batty (Stewart 80), Irvine, Henriksen, Grosicki (Dicko 72), Campbell
Subs Not Used: Long, Kane, Keane, Martin
Booked: Campbell, Henriksen
Goals: Campbell 7

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 13,108

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