Hull City 6-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 01, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton conceded three goals in five minutes as part of a second-half collapse which saw them fall to their heaviest defeat under Phil Parkinson.

Trailing to a 29th minute opener from Kamil Grosicki, the Tigers doubled their advantage through Evandro on 62 minutes before running riot - with Grosicki netting his second of the afternoon just 60 seconds later, before Chris Martin struck on 67 minutes to make it 4-0.

In-demand Jarrod Bowen made it 5-0 with 14 minutes to play, while substitute Nouha Dicko completed the scoring in the 83rd minute to condemn Wanderers to their worst defeat since March 2016 - when they were beaten by the same 6-0 scoreline at Bristol City.

Having picked up four points from the last six available, Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson made just one change from the weekend draw with Stoke City as Gary O'Neil returned at the expense of Joe Williams.

Once the action had got underway, it was the visitors who created the first shooting opportunity as Mark Beevers headed the ball across the face of goal and an acrobatic attempt from Clayton Donaldson sailed narrowly wide of the post.

Donaldson was involved again moments later, drawing a foul from Jordy de Wijs, from which the resulting free-kick was bundled away by a hesitant Tigers defence.

Hull's first chance arrived midway through the half as Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen combined, with the latter seeing a low drive from the edge of the box comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Ben Alnwick - who was playing on his 32nd birthday.

Evandro had a goalbound effort deflect behind on 26 minutes and City came close from the corner that followed, with former Wanderers loanee Reece Burke heading the ball down at the far post for Chris Martin, whose effort was blocked superbly by Beevers.

The hosts broke the deadlock just before the half-hour, though, as Bolton failed to clear their lines, allowing Grosicki to fire through a host of bodies and into the roof of Alnwick's net.

Beevers headed over from an O'Neil free-kick as the visitors looked to respond, shortly before a dangerous cross from Jonathan Grounds was somehow poked wide by Donaldson inside the Hull penalty area.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, there was a substitution on the Wanderers side as the players returned for the start of the second period - with Erhun Oztumer coming on in place of Marc Wilson.

Despite performing relatively well inside the opening 45 minutes, things were to take a huge downturn as Hull went on to net five times following the restart.

Grosicki fired a warning shot on 54 minutes with a free-kick that was tipped over by the outstretched hand of Alnwick, moments before O'Neil came within inches of an equaliser as he just failed to connect with a cross from Oztumer.

Then, shortly after the hour, the game would change within the space of just five minutes.

First, with 62 minutes on the clock, Evandro received the ball inside the box before curling superbly into the far corner of Alnwick's net to make it 2-0.

Then, just 60 seconds later, Grosicki netted his second of the afternoon as he took aim from distance and found the bottom corner for 3-0.

And on 67 minutes, Martin, who had failed to score in 15 appearances since joining on loan from Derby County, found the net for the first time in Hull colours as he tapped home from close range to give the Tigers a commanding 4-0 lead.

Frustration was clear to see when substitute Craig Noone fired a free-kick high and wide with 20 minutes remaining, and it wasn't long before the hosts were back on the attack as Martin struck the crossbar before seeing a follow-up attempt cleared off the line by Beevers.

The ball was in the Wanderers net again moments later, however, with Bowen getting away from David Wheater before getting himself on the scoresheet.

Bowen somehow failed to add to his tally when he headed over from a Grosicki cross with 10 minutes to play, but the scoring wasn't over yet as a header across goal from a free-kick was turned home by Dicko to complete the rout.

Defeat sees Bolton drop back into the relegation zone, with Rotherham United leapfrogging them in the Championship table.

League action takes a break for the Trotters, who return to action on Saturday when they host League One side Walsall in the third round of the FA Cup.

Hull City: Marshall, Lichaj, Burke, de Wijs, Kingsley, Bowen, Henriksen, Stewart (Batty 73), Grosicki, Evandro (Toral 66), Martin (Dicko 78)
Subs Not Used: Long, Kane, Keane, McKenzie
Booked: Kingsley, Henriksen
Goals: Grosicki 29,63, Evandro 62, Martin 67, Bowen 76, Dicko 83

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Grounds, Beevers, Wheater, Lowe, O'Neil, Wilson (Oztumer 45), Ameobi (Olkowski 82), Vela, Donaldson (Noone 65), Doidge
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Hobbs, Murphy, Magennis
Booked: Beevers, Grounds

Referee: Tony Harrington
Attendance: 12,418

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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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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