Bolton V Hull (I review the match)

25Aug09

Bolton feeling a bit Brown in the dumps

Megson stuck with the same back four as the Sunderland outing despite the ripples of frustration his selection caused last week. Again Steinsson and Samuel were left out in favor of new signings Robinson and Ricketts.  In midfield, Mark Davies came in for Gavin McCann who could be on his way out of the club. 

The first real chance of note fell to Elmander, after good work by the much improved Fabrice Muamba he found Elmander in space behind the defence, but Elmanders shot flew just wide of the far post from a tight angle.  Bolton managed to exert a lot more pressure on Hull through the first half but failed to create any clear cut goalscoring opportunities. 

Elmander looked sharper and Fabrice Muamba looked stronger and fitter than ever.  He continually broke down play and was much better in posession than in recent games.  He really could be a big player for the Wanderers.

Despite Wanderers dominating proceedings for long periods of the game Hull were first to hit the back of the net when on loan Villa Real teenager, ssssss, just on as a sub, flicked the ball to Ghilas (Camaroon International linked with a move to Bolton) who fired the ball powerfully beyond Jussi’s reach.  From then on Hull began to create chances and looked the more dangerous of the two sides.  Ghilas smashed a half volley against the bar and 5 minutes later ssssss turned smartly in the box and brought an exellent save at of the Bolton keeper from close range.  

Bolton went close in the closing stages when a Ricketts shot was only parried and substitute Lee’s follow up was pawed out for a corner.  Overall Hull may feel lucky to take all three points but Bolton still need to address their lack of fire power.  Hull are among the favourites to go down and hadn’t won at home since early December 2008, Bolton should have made it tougher.

Next up in the league are Liverpool, and but for a miracle, Bolton could easily be sitting on zero points and zero goals three games into the season.

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