The Tigers were already a goal to the good thanks to Kamil Grosicki before a clinical spell of second half finishing put Wanderers to the sword at the KCOM Stadium. Evandro, Grosicki, Jarrod Bowen, Chris Martin and Nouha Dicko all hit the back of the net to round off a festive period that has brought maximum points and a winning run that stretches to five games.
“We were very wary of the threat that Bolton could bring and I’m sure many people, having seen us go away to the league leaders and win 2-0 at the weekend, would have looked and thought that we only needed to turn up to win the game but that was never going to be the case,” said Crosby.
“We changed things slightly in terms of personnel and it was important that we got that first goal. Bolton probably started the second half with more control than they had in the first, but scoring the second goal and then the third so quickly after that took the game away from them.
“For the last half-an-hour we saw a team that is playing with real belief in each other. We probably haven’t played better than that in our time at the Club. Without being disrespectful to Bolton we probably should have scored more but that type of performance shows the confidence and belief that we have in each other. We played in a slightly different way today with Chris Martin in the team. Our two wide players and Evandro played close to him because Chris is a fantastic link man. The finishing and the combination play in that second half was fantastic.
“It was great to see Chris get a goal, too. He had a while out of football with an injury but what I will say is that the messages he gives every single day to our younger players are fantastic. It would be easy for him to go away and sulk having come here on loan and not been in the team but he demands high standards from himself. He took his goal well and hopefully it’s the first of many.
“We’ve got a number of good players in our squad but in the last few weeks we’ve seen Kamil Grosicki playing with real belief and confidence. He’s working hard for the team without the ball but when we get him into the attacking third he can produce some really good moments. He’s got undoubted quality and his two goals today were good.”
The win moved the Tigers up to 13th place in the Championship table but Crosby insists they will continue to take it one game at a time.
“Earlier in the season, when we were at the bottom of the table, we didn’t think we were too far away,” continued Crosby.
“We were being punished for individual errors and we had young players at the back effectively learning on the job. Tommy Elphick came in and did a really good job with our centre-halves in terms of their development.
“We took some small steps and that culminated in this win which was as good a performance as we’ve seen. We’ve had a fantastic Christmas period and come through it with maximum points, but it’s about one game at a time. I know that’s boring to read but that is the case and we’ll see what the future holds. We need to keep developing.”