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Football: Slack City hit for six; BRISTOL CITY 1 WOLVES 6.

CITY christened their new electronic scoreboard with a nightmare display under new coach Benny Lennartsson.

Since John Ward's controversial departure as manager the Robins have conceded 11 goals in two games.

The hapless Lennartsson could only look on in disbelief as his side were ripped apart at will in the second half for one of the worst home defeats in City's history.

Yet the 55-year-old Swede had been celebrating after 12 minutes as Carl Hutchings coolly stroked the opening goal past Mike Stowell.

Soon, however, City's defensive frailty was all too apparent as Guy Whittingham converted a 19th-minute cross from Kevin Muscat.

Three minutes later David Connolly danced into the box and wrong-footed Mark Shail to send a low drive past Keith Welch.

A poor quality half had been pretty even with chances at both ends. But after City started the second period brightly they simply fell apart.

Connolly raced on to a Steve Corica through-ball to shoot his second on 57 minutes and completed a hat-trick 10 minutes later when Lee Naylor's cross was allowed to bounce in the six-yard box.

It was all too easy for the Wolves striker as more kamikaze defending presented him with his fourth goal on 77 minutes.

And two minutes later substitute Carl Robinson completed City's misery with another simply-taken goal.

Lennartsson was left shaking his head as his diamond midfield formation proved totally ineffective.

Home players were constantly looking at the bench for guidance and the harsh truth was that Wolves did not have to play particularly well to win.

As the new scoreboard logged the goals, angry City fans vented their frustration on chairman Scott Davidson and his directors.

The popular Ward had seen his last game in charge end with a 2-1 victory over Bolton and that was a game that seemed to signal that City were coming to terms with First Division football.

That was far from the case this time, with Shail making an uncertain return after a series of knee operations and fellow centre-back Louis Carey equally exposed.

They received little help from team-mates over-committed to attack and there is a lot of hard thinking ahead for Lennartsson.

It might have been different had Greg Goodridge converted a good chance at 2-1 down, but he dragged his shot wide and with no substance at the back City could ill-afford such misses.

STAR MAN: David Connolly

Took all four of his goals with great aplomb

BRISTOL CITY.- Welch 6; Murray 6, Bell 6 (Hill 6), Hutchings 5, Shail 5, Carey 5, Goodridge 5, Thorpe 5 (Cramb 6), Akinbiyi 6, Andersen 6 (Torpey 6), Tinnion 5.

WOLVES.- Stowell 7; Muscat 7 (Robinson 6), Naylor 6, Emblen 8, Sedgley 7, Curle 7, Corica 7, Gomez 7, CONNOLLY 9, Whittingham 7, Osborn 7.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Latham, Richard
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 8, 1998
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