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Bolton Wanderers Reserves 1 Hull City Reserves 2

Bolton Wanderers Reserves v Hull City Reserves at Leyland

Standing behind a 'No Standing' sign watching the Tigers' stiffs

Amr Zaki scored the winner tonight as a vastly experienced Hull City reserves line-up edged out youthful Wanderers opponents in Leyland.

Zaki ghosted in at the back post to head home from a teasing right-wing cross with just a few minutes left on the clock. The Egyptian seemed to take a kick to the stomach as he dived in, as he took a minute to recover once the ball had gone in, but was soon fine.

Kamel Ghilas had opened the scoring from close range late in the first half after good work down the left flank. but within 30 seconds of the restart Zoltan Harsanyi equalised for the Trotters.

City, with missing man Dean Marney playing alongside presumably-back-from-Grimsby Nicky Featherstone in midfield, enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, without creating many gilt-edged chances.

However, in the first half we spurned a virtual open goal from a few yards (I think it was Featherstone who blasted it over), while Mark Cullen did well to go through for a one-on-one but his firm shot was saved.

At the other end, the Trotters conspired to miss a few easy chances, particularly in a spell after their goal, while Liam Cooper deflected one goalbound shot over and Matt Duke did well to get down and keep out a low drive among other good saves.

If you’re wondering why I’m sketchy on most of the details above, it’s mainly because I was stood at pitch level behind the goal so the view made the game hard to follow at times. It’s also that even some of the players find it hard to properly concentrate during a reserve match so forgive me for chatting and letting my mind wander.

The torrential rain abated in the second half long enough for me to whip my Flip video camera out and after about 30 deleted clips as attacking moves fizzled out, I finally managed to capture the Zaki goal.

Hull City line-up: Matt Duke, John Leonard, Ibrahima Sonko, Liam Cooper, Kevin Kilbane, Richard Garcia, Nicky Featherstone, Dean Marney, Kamel Ghilas, Amr Zaki, Mark Cullen. Subs: Mark Oxley, Darragh Satelle, Jamie Devitt, Ryan Kendall, Daniel Wilkinson.

Bolton Wanderers line-up: Rob Lainton, Joe Riley, Adam Blakeman, Chris Stokes, Rhys Bennett, Sam Sheridan, Javlon Campbell, Stuart McDonald, Zoltan Harsanyi, Aaron Mooy, Michael O’Halloran. Subs: Maison McGeechan, Jay Lynch, Tom Eckersley, Nathan Battersby, Liam Irwin.

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He comes from Rochdale with lots of knowledge

Hull City have today been pipped by relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers to the loan signing of Manchester City’s Vladimir Weiss, who is regarded as such a hot prospect by the Blues that Trotters boss Owen Coyle probably had to wear oven gloves to sign the deal.

This transfer isn’t particularly shocking as, due to our straitened finances, City were apparently haggling over what proportion of the Slovak winger’s wages we could afford to pay. Presumably Bolton jumped in offering to pay full whack and therefore now have someone till the end of the season who may play a big part in their, er, relegation.

Anyway, don’t despair. Perhaps we have an exciting – and cheaper – young wingman right under our noses. According to the Manchester Evening News today, Tiger cub Will Atkinson was so impressive on loan at Rochdale that Phil Brown recalled him this week. despite Dale’s attempts to extend the deal.

The Salfordian winger scored 3 times in 8 games for the League Two table-toppers, including two in his final appearance at home to Morecambe, and attracted praise from manager Keith Hill recently in the Rochdale Observer: ‘Will Atkinson’s form has been a bonus. We took a bit of a risk bringing him in and it has paid off. He’d been out on loan at other clubs and had not been so successful, but he is in fine form here and is enjoying his football.’

In recalling Atko while he’s playing well and presumably having at least some of his wages paid by someone else, Brown must think he may need him soon. So expect to see him on the bench soon alongside Tom Cairney and hopefully, one-match wonder Liam Cooper.

As a sharpshooting right-winger, Atkinson must be worth a punt if Brown can look beyond how far Craig Fagan and Richard Garcia run on Pro Zone stats and see how many goals they actually contribute.

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Bolton Wanderers 2 Hull City 2

Half our players were wearing gloves it was so cold, I fell over on the ice on the way back to the train station, Boaz Myhill made a howler to put us 2-0 down.

On the plus side, Stephen Hunt grabbed us a point with two goals in a late fightback, we sang ‘garlic bread’s not funny now’ to the Bolton fans, and it cost the anti-football drone Gary Megson his job.

Here are the highlights (non-English commentary and starts after Bolton’s first goal, unfortunately).

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