Bruce delighted with immediate impact Quinn makes for Tigers

Stephen Quinn enjoyed a dream debut for Hull City to crank up the pressure on Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle, who admitted his side’s fans were right to be upset with the performance.

Quinn, who signed from Sheffield United on transfer deadline day, capped off a fine display with Hull’s third goal four minutes after Abdoulaye Faye had edged the hosts in front just after the interval.

However, Bolton were abject after Hull forward Sone Aluko had cancelled out Chris Eagles’s opener, and the visiting fans vented their frustrations for long spells, with some calling for Coyle’s departure.

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Hull manager Steve Bruce hailed the impact of Quinn, who provided forward momentum to a side that had scored only one goal in their first three games of the season.

“It was a late deal to sign him, but we did fantastically to get him,” Bruce said. “I’ve been after him for a couple of years, even when I was at Sunderland, as I’ve always thought he was a very good player.

“We need more goals in the team and we were conscious of that when we signed him. We’ve come up with a new system and it suits him.

“But you can talk about systems as much as you want. You still have to get the ball down and play, and some of the stuff we produced for 25 minutes in the second half was great to watch.”

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Bruce refused to single out Quinn, though, with Ahmed Elmohamady, a new loan signing from Sunderland, also impressive on his debut.

“It was nice to get the new guys settled in and we have used the markets well,” Bruce added. “Jay Simpson also did very well and several guys deserve a pat on the back.

“We played very well, especially after going a goal down, and I think it should have been four or even five.

“I didn’t see a lot wrong with Jay Simpson’s ‘goal’ [which was ruled out for a push] and we also had a couple of other great chances.

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“There were lots of good performances and it’s very encouraging, but there’s a long way to go.”

Bolton boss Coyle said: “We all recognised the importance of hitting the ground running this season. We’re a better team than four points from four games.

“We can talk about individual mistakes, but I’ve never been evasive and ultimately I’m the man responsible.”

Hull City: Amos, Chester, Faye, Bruce, Elmohamady, Dudgeon, Olofinjana, Quinn, Koren (McShane 88), Aluko (Evans 69), Simpson (Mclean 90). Unused substitutes: Oxley, Rosenior, Dawson, Proschwitz.

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Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Knight, Ricketts, Lee, Spearing, Andrews (Afobe 53), Mark Davies, Eagles, Kevin Davies (Sordell 79). Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Alonso, Mills, Petrov, Pratley.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Man of the match: Stephen Quinn.