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Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Hull City

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Stephen Dobbie
Stephen Dobbie scored Bolton's winner against Hull, five minutes after coming on as a substitute

Stephen Dobbie's goal ensured relegated Bolton ended a 14-match winless run with victory over play-off-bound Hull.

Substitute Dobbie found the net with a neat finish from close range after the visitors failed to clear a cross.

Earlier, keeper Eldin Jakupovic denied Bolton captain Darren Pratley from six yards and debutant Brian Lenihan blocked Zach Clough's follow-up effort.

Hull hit the woodwork twice through Robert Snodgrass and Chuba Akpom, who also sent a first-half header wide.

Snodgrass clipped the bar with a free-kick before half-time, while Akpom thundered an effort against the frame of the goal from 12 yards shortly before Dobbie's winner on 65 minutes.

A Hull win would have given them a six-point advantage over fifth-placed Derby, but their defeat means even beating Rotherham on the final day of the regular season may not be enough to secure a home second leg in the play-offs.

Bolton, despite achieving only their fifth league victory of a disappointing campaign, are guaranteed to finish bottom of the table but they will not end the season with the lowest-ever points tally in the second tier.

That unwanted record is shared by Stockport (2001-02) and Blackpool (2014-15), who both accumulated only 26 points - four fewer than Bolton's total of 30.

Bolton interim manager Jimmy Phillips: "We all know it has been a wretched season, but what was most pleasing was the unity between the players on the pitch and the people in the stands.

"We were into the 92nd minute and Hull were throwing everything at us and the fans were willing us to see the game out and that bodes well for the future.

"It will send everyone home with hope for the future which is key. We came up against a good team and made it as difficult as we could for them to play against us."

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "Too often we throw in a performance like that. That's why we are in the position we are.

"We didn't do the basics well enough to win the game. We were so slow in possession and so slow without it.

"At times it was like a friendly and we played like it was a friendly. All of them played within themselves."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Amos
  • 25Wilson
  • 45Holding
  • 31Wheater
  • 44Garrett
  • 18Danns
  • 15Derik
  • 21PratleyBooked at 45mins
  • 16DaviesBooked at 30mins
  • 19HeskeySubstituted forNewellat 64'minutes
  • 10CloughSubstituted forDobbieat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moxey
  • 13Rachubka
  • 23Dobbie
  • 30Woolery
  • 40Thomas
  • 42Walker
  • 51Newell

Hull

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 31Lenihan
  • 21Dawson
  • 12Maguire
  • 11ClucasBooked at 67mins
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 20Hayden
  • 8HuddlestoneBooked at 77minsSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 15MaloneySubstituted forAlukoat 70'minutes
  • 19AkpomSubstituted forDiaméat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGregor
  • 4Bruce
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Davies
  • 14Livermore
  • 17Diamé
  • 24Aluko
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,366

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Hull City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Hull City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by David Wheater.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Rob Holding.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Derik.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

  8. Post update

    Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Ryan Taylor replaces Tom Huddlestone.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Brian Lenihan.

  13. Booking

    Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

  15. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

  17. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Brian Lenihan (Hull City).

  20. Post update

    Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough452610962303288
2Burnley442415568353387
3Brighton442415570403087
4Hull4523111164343080
5Derby442114965412477
6Sheff Wed451917965432274
7Cardiff451716125550567
8Ipswich451715135251166
9Birmingham451614155248462
10Brentford45188196766162
11Preston451516144444061
12Leeds451416154957-858
13QPR441318135353057
14Wolves451316165157-655
15Blackburn451216174345-252
16Reading451313195156-552
17Nottm Forest451216174146-552
18Bristol City451313195470-1652
19Huddersfield451312205865-751
20Rotherham451310225266-1449
21Fulham451115196579-1448
22Charlton45913234077-3740
23MK Dons45912243867-2939
24Bolton45515254180-3930
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