Bolton 2-2 Hull City

Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt scored twice as Bolton allowed the

Tigers to snatch a point in a 2-2 Premier League draw at the Reebok


Wanderers looked comfortable on Tuesday night after Ivan

Klasnic’s 20th-minute goal and Kevin Davies’ second-half header.

However, Hunt nodded in from close range to spread panic in a

defence without a clean sheet all season and the Republic of

Ireland international’s cross-shot produced the equaliser 12

minutes from time.

Although Bolton have now taken six points from their last

four matches for manager Gary Megson, who again fans called to be

sacked, this was a huge missed opportunity.

Having been out-played for three quarters of the game Hull –

who have not win at Bolton since March 1935 – will have been

satisfied with a point as they had lost three of their last four

league matches and are still to win away this season.

After 20 minutes of relatively nondescript action Bolton took

the lead out of nowhere with a typical piece of route one football.

Zat Knight’s high ball forward was knocked down by Lee

Chung-Yong, under pressure from Andy Dawson, on the edge of the

area and Klasnic took one touch before blasting a left-footed shot

past Boaz Myhill, who appeared slow to get across his goal.

The goal was the on-loan Croatian’s sixth in his last eight

league matches.

Five minutes later Jussi Jaaskelainen fisted away Dawson’s

25-yard free-kick and then had to be quick off his line to beat

Jozy Altidore to Craig Fagan’s through ball.

Hunt should have equalised in the 35th minute when

Jaaskelainen fumbled a cross under pressure and the ball bounced

off Gretar Steinsson to the Hull midfielder but his poorly directed

close-range header glanced the Bolton defender and went for a


Tamir Cohen’s foul on Altidore gave Hull a 30-yard free-kick

a minute before the interval but the USA international drove wide.

Seven minutes into the second half Kamil Zayatte reacted a

fraction of a second quicker than Cohen to flick away Paul

Robinson’s hanging free-kick as the Bolton midfielder prepared to

shoot from six yards.

But Wanderers’ defence has had cracks in it all season and no

more so was it evident on the hour when the unmarked Zayatte

planted a header wide from Hunt’s right-wing corner when he should

have hit the target.

It was to prove a costly miss as Bolton went straight down

the other end and added a second, for which Myhill was culpable.

The Hull goalkeeper came to collect Robinson’s free-kick from

the halfway line as it dropped gently into the penalty area but he

failed to reach it as Davies out-muscled Bernard Mendy to nod a

back-header past him.

Gary Cahill could have made the game safe but saw his low

drive deflect enough off Anthony Gardner for Myhill to turn it

around the post.

Bolton’s hopes of a first clean sheet of the season were

dashed in the 71st minute when their defensive frailty was exposed

as Fagan crossed and Hunt out-jumped Steinsson to head home.

Seven minutes later the Tigers midfielder scored a fortuitous

equaliser when Jaaskelainen could only get a fingertip to his

cross-shot from Zayatte’s punt to the far post and the ball crossed

the line despite the best efforts of Robinson to hook it out

In the last minute Steinsson almost bagged the winner but his

18-yard shot was deflected just wide.