To say that Bolton Wanderers had a dream start against Hull City would be a bit of an understatement. It was ridiculous, ludicrous, and took the whole of the fanbase by surprise. For those of you not at the Reebok Stadium or watching Clem on the Football League Show, here are the highlights.
Bolton opened the scoring on just two minutes thanks to a nice little cross from Chung-Yong Lee into the center of the box. The lofted ball would have been a little bit behind Darren Pratley but some smart running from the central midfielder saw him check his movement, get down low, and use his neck muscles to power the header home.
The second goal came just three minutes later after Hull City failed to clear following three men bringing David Ngog down in the box. The referee saw fit to not call anything but that didn't stop Mark Davies from gathering the ball 20 yards from goal and fired home. David Stockdale got a hand onto Davies' effort but it was too powerful and ended up in the back of the net.
The third goal came at the eight minute mark and this time, it was Craig Dawson with an excellent finish. Jay Spearing delivered from a corner kick on the right side and it was Dawson, the central defender, running onto it at full speed. His glancing header was stopped just after it crossed the line (the goal was awarded to Dawson) but that didn't stop Marvin Sordell from making sure and bulging the back of the net anyway.
Hull City would pull one back in the second half though from a free kick. Robbie Brady stood over the ball some 25 yards from goal and fired it into the wall. His effort was deflected and went past a rooted and unsighted Adam Bogdan.
Bolton would regain their lead though and it was Craig Dawson at the Double. Another corner kick saw Hull City fail to clear it three times. Dawson nearly scored after the first missed clearance when his clever backheel flick cannoned off the post and back into action. A few seconds later though, Marcos Alonso would attempt to fire home from the edge of the area and it was Dawson there to pounce again, this time with his flick beating Stockdale for Bolton's fourth.