What a fantastic evening for Hull City. The Tigers romped to victory against Bolton, with the fantastic Jarrod Bowen scoring a brace, man of the match Kamil Grosicki providing 2 assists and 1 goal, with the heavily criticised Adama Diomande scoring.
Leonid Slutsky changed the look of his side, with the inclusion of Ondrej Mazuch in a back 3 partnership with Michael Dawson and Michael Hector. Max Clark and Ola Aina pushed forward into the wing back roles, which they both handled very well. It was a clear 3-4-3 formation, with Grosicki and Bowen playing outside Diomande. The left hand side combination of Clark and Grosicki troubled Bolton all evening, with Aina continuously finding himself in behind the Bolton defence on the right hand side. New signings Jon Toral and Stephen Kingsley were both named on the bench.
The first half couldn’t have started much better for Leonid Slutsky’s side when, after 14 minutes, the combination of Clark and Grosicki sent the Pole in behind the Bolton defence, to cut back for the big Norwegian striker Diomande to finish well low to Mark Howard’s right hand side. From here, City did not look back at all. Just 6 minutes later, it was 2-0, and pretty much game over already. Again, Grosicki did brilliantly down the left hand side, crossing for Jarrod Bowen to head past Howard for his third goal of the season. Just 9 minutes after this, it was 3-0, when Grosicki himself got on the scoresheet. This was all about him. He picked up the ball about 25 yards out and dribbled his way past the Bolton defence before sending Howard the wrong way to score his second goal of the season. If the game wasn’t over after the second, the win was definitely in the bag after the third.
Half Time: Hull City 3-0 Bolton Wanderers
I’ll be honest, the second half was a bit dull, but city were oh so comfortable and ran rings round Bolton. The ball was being sprayed from left to right, with Hector and Aina showing their long ball ability. We saw the first sights of new signing Stephen Kingsley on 75 minutes when he replaced Max Clark, who had another good game at left wing back. We saw the introduction of Jon Toral just a few minutes later when he replaced David Meyler, who looked solid in the centre of the midfield. Allan McGregor then made a fantastic save to keep the clean sheet intact, tipping an Adam Armstrong shot over the bar. Bowen then scored his second and City’s fourth of the evening. After a brilliant solo run, he finished calmly past Howard to round off a fantastic evening for the Tigers.
Full Time: Hull City 4-0 Bolton Wanderers
So, City are back to winning ways, and with more new signing on the way according to Leonid Slutsky, things are finally starting to head in a positive direction for the club.