Bolton Wanderers travelled to Hull on Friday night backed by over 1,000 vocal supporters.
That’s pretty much it for positives.
We lost. Heavily. Four nil didn’t flatter the opposition, recently relegated from the Premier League Hull City, and it certainly didn’t flatter us.
The defeat means our winless away run in the Championship is now at28 games dating back to April 2015, though of course our season won’t be defined by results against the likes of Hull, who fielded a team full of familiar names and whose bench contained a player who cost more than our entire team and probably our entire club.
Wanderers went with Mark Howard again in goal, which was odd considering his poor form even this early in the season - but most surprising was the absence of your man Derik Osede who was outstanding against Sheffield Wednesday in our 3-2 midweek Cup victory. Derik would make a second half appearance, but it was too late by then.
With Polish international winger Kamil Grosicki putting in the best performance of his Hull career, Wanderers were blown away by three quick first half goals, with Grosicki being the main threat down the flank, although it must be said that Wanderers struggled against their wide pace all night.
Adama Diomande opened the scoring, before goals from Jarrod Bowen and Mr Grosicki saw Hull home and hosed by half-time. Bowen would notch another in the closing stages to complete the rout.
Lots to think about for Phil Parkinson and Ken Anderson after this.