Wigan Athletic 0 Hull City 5 - Mallik Wilks hat-trick gains sweet revenge

FIVE-STAR Hull City got their revenge as they put Wigan to the sword.
Hull City's Mallik Wilks. Picture: PAHull City's Mallik Wilks. Picture: PA
Hull City's Mallik Wilks. Picture: PA

Last season’s 8-0 hammering all but confirmed the club’s Championship relegation.

Mallik Wilks marked his 50th appearance for the club with a fine hat-trick as the Tigers’ front three ran riot at the DW Stadium.

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Lewis Keane-Potter and Josh Magennis also got on the scoresheet as the rampant visitors propelled themselves back into the automatic promotion places, and a point off league leaders Lincoln, with their first win in four.

The Tigers roared out of the blocks and dominated the ball in the early exchanges.

And the first effort of the game fell to Greg Docherty as he forced Jamie Jones to tip his strike wide at the near post.

That was a sign of things to come as Wilks ended his six-game goal drought in the 27th minutes.

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And he doubled his tally just five minutes later as his effort went in off the post after driving at the hosts’ defence. Irish striker Josh Magennis saw his fierce free-kick well kept out by Jones just before the break.

And the Tigers continued the assault after the restart as Wilks turned provider for Lewis-Potter to head home amid some confusion with the offside flag up – but the goal was duly given.

Magennis hit the fourth as he slotted home after being slid in by Keane-Potter.

And Wilks completed a fine night for himself and the team with a superb curling effort.

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Wigan: Jones, Tilt, Johnston, Wootton (Whelan, 45), Darikwa, Ojo, Gardner (Dodoo, 56), Solomon-Otabor (Robinson, 56), Merrie, Keane, Proctor (Clough, 71). Unused substitutes: Evans, Lang, Massey.

Hull: Ingram, Coyle, Elder, Burke, Greaves, Honeyman (Emmanuel, 80), Jones (Slater, 63), Docherty (Crowley, 63), Wilks (Scott, 71), Lewis-Potter, Magennis (Flores, 63). Unused substitutes: Long, McLoughlin.

Referee: J Oldham (Derbyshire).

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