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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship
  • Adama Diomand√© (13')
  • Jarrod Bowen (19', 88')
  • Kamil Grosicki (29')

Kamil Grosicki snaps Hull City skid with win over Bolton

Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Kamil Grosicki produced a scintillating first-half display as Hull ended their three-match losing run with a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Bolton.

The Poland international set up the first two goals and scored the third as Bolton were blown away at the KCOM Stadium.

Grosicki, who has been linked with a move away from Hull in the transfer window, crossed for fellow forwards Adama Diomande and Jarrod Bowen to score before making it 3-0 after just 29 minutes.

Bowen added a fourth late on as Bolton remain winless on their return to the Championship.

After a dull opening 10 minutes, the game livened up with a crunching tackle from David Meyler on Jem Karacan that earned the Hull midfielder the game's first yellow card.

Karacan stayed down and came off five minutes later, but not before Hull had taken a 13th-minute lead.

Michael Hector's terrific tackle stopped a Bolton attack and sent the hosts on the break. Grosicki surged down the left before crossing low for Diomande to fire home on his first start of the season.

Bolton almost replied immediately as substitute Darren Pratley forced a good save from Allan McGregor down to his right.

Hull doubled the lead in the 19th minute and Grosicki was again the architect. This time he got to the byline and stood up a cross for Bowen to head in his third goal of the campaign.

Grosicki then got in on the act himself. Reece Burke lost possession near the halfway line and Sebastian Larsson released Grosicki down the left. He cut inside Dorian Dervite and slotted in low to Mark Howard's right.

Grosicki had the home fans on their feet again seven minutes before the break. He ran at a backpedalling Bolton backline and slipped in Diomande, but the flag went up against the Hull striker, who missed the target anyway.

Bolton looked vulnerable every time Hull broke.

A cross from Will Buckley was plucked out of the air by Tigers goalkeeper McGregor and seconds later wing-back Ola Aina was down the other end delivering a cross to the back post that Diomande could not direct on target.

Bolton switched to a four-man defence for the second half and managed to prevent the flow of attacks, but did not offer much of a threat going forward.

Hull were in cruise control and were able to bring on new signings Stephen Kingsley and Jon Toral for their debuts.

Grosicki left to a standing ovation with five minutes left but Bowen still had time to race clear and add a fourth.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 +16 38
2 Sheffield United 17 +12 36
3 Cardiff City 17 +11 34
4 Bristol City 17 +10 31
5 Aston Villa 17 +8 29
6 Middlesbrough 16 +8 26
7 Derby County 16 +4 26
8 Ipswich Town 16 +4 25
9 Sheffield Wednesday 17 +2 24
10 Nottingham Forest 17 -2 24
11 Leeds United 16 +5 23
12 Norwich City 17 -5 23
13 Brentford 17 +2 22
14 Preston North End 17 0 22
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 21
16 Barnsley 16 +1 20
17 Fulham 17 -1 20
18 Millwall 17 0 18
19 Reading 16 -3 18
20 Hull City 17 -2 17
21 Birmingham City 17 -16 15
22 Burton Albion 17 -23 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -16 12
24 Sunderland 17 -11 11

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