Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/04/2013
Huddersfield Town deserved to take something away from the Reebok Stadium but a single mistake by club captain Peter Clarke allowed Bolton to steal all three points.Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Town gave a really good account of themselves but it wasn't to be, the second half was virtually all Town but that equalizer just wouldn't come with even the woodwork coming for the rescue of the home side.

Just shy of the hour mark Peter Clarke dawdled on the ball instead of putting the ball into touch and was robbed of possession which led to Chris Eagles hammering the ball into the net.

Manager Mark Robins was forced into a change with midfielder Adam Clayton suspended for two matches having picked up his 10th booking of the season against Hull City on Saturday. In came Danny Ward so too Sean Scannell in place of Jermaine Beckford.

Many Town fans were still left outside waiting to get in as the game kicked off and some of them didn't get in until 30 minutes of the game gone due to the slow processing at the pay turnstiles. To say it was a complete joke is an understatement.

Town looked better with width but it was the home side that was out of the blocks first but didn't make their early pressure pay. Left back Marcos Alonso hit a long range effort that deflected wide and David Ngog fired awfully wide on the turn from the edge of the Town box.

Jack Hunt went off injured after only 15 minutes injuring himself whilst committing a foul on Bolton's Chung-Young Lee to be replaced by Calum Woods and it was the sub that had Town's first chance of the match with 26 minutes gone.

Ward found Woods in space down the right flank and the full back decided to shoot from around 30 yards out it had the Bolton goalkeeper scrambling but sadly flew wide of the post.

Ngog has a great chance to put the home side in front after Eagles got the better of Paul Dixon. The former Manchester United winger laid it on a plate for Ngog but the former Liverpool striker blasted high and wide unmarked from 12 yards out.

Scannell fired a cross across the face of goal that James Vaughan could not get to after the winger had been sent on his way by a smart pass from Ollie Norwood whilst at the other end Alonso fired a free-kick from the edge of the Town box harmlessly wide after Oscar Gobern needlessly brought down Darren Pratley.

As the half drew to a close Town sprang into life with a few chances in as many minutes. First Ward flashed a shot wide of Andy Lonergan's post from Vaughan's flick on.

Lonergan then saved Craig Dawson's bacon when the defender block Gobern's long range effort but then turned the ball back to his 'keeper too strongly forcing the Bolton stopper to scramble across his goal to claw the ball away for a corner.

From the resulting corner Peter Clarke rattled the bar with a header from close range after Vaughan had flicked on Norwood's corner at the near post.

For a change we didn't want the break to come as Town were gathering momentum but a lapse in concentration just after the break as in the Hull game nearly allowed Bolton in. Marvin Sordell blasted wide within seconds of the restart after Town gave him space to run in to and then Alex Smithies had to be alert from Ngog's wayward cross.

Pressure from Neil Danns caused Alonso to concede a corner with 51 minutes played but from Ward's corner Anthony Gerrard headed over under pressure from his marker.

An instinctive breakaway from a Bolton corner nearly lead to a Town goal. Danns was given the ball by a Bolton player, Danns set Scannell on his way down the right before slipping a pass inside the area to Norwood, the midfielder chose to pass instead of go for goal himself and the chance was gone.

Town were looking to gather momentum as they did at the end of the first half but disaster struck on 58 minutes. Zak Knight's harmless long ball forward should have been put out of the play by Peter Clarke but the captain took a chance and was knocked off the ball after pressure from Sordell leading to the striker advancing into the area before squaring the ball to Eagles who planted the ball past Smithies.

Town heads didn't drop and the 1,800 Town fans behind the goal roared the lads on. Scannell was booked for diving when it looked as though it was a clear penalty after the winger went on a jinxing run.

Vaughan's overhead kick was tame and Scannell's cross from a run down the left was deflected by Butterfield and it looked as though the ball was going to drop in over Lonergan but sadly dropped inches wide of the post.

Bolton were putting bodies on the line and surely a goal was going to come for The Terriers as they pilled on the pressure. Scannell had a long range effort spilled by Lonergan but luckily for the goalkeeper his defender helped him out.

Smithies stopped an Eagles free-kick before Ngog's cross was just missed by Sordell.

From that miss Town hit on the counter with the sub Jermaine Beckford being set free but his initial shot was blocked by Dawson before sending his rebound effort harmlessly over the bar.

Time was running out but it just wasn't to be. Right on the 90th minute Beckford's header fell just inches from the post from Ward's delivery down the left.

Town deserved something from this game but lady luck was not on their side at the Reebok Stadium. Same team and same style of performance for the remaining six matches should keep Town in this division.

Sean's Star Man - Calum Woods
Came on for Jack Hunt and played well both in defence and attack. Another mention should go to Ollie Norwood looking like his old self against Bolton and produced a couple of smart blocks and tackles.


Bolton: Lonergan, Butterfield, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Lee, Spearing, Pratley, Eagles (Mills 90), Ngog, Sordell (Medo 81).
Subs not used: Bogdan, Ream, Davies, Vela, Odelusi.

Town: Smithies, Dixon, Gerrard, P Clarke (Novak 90), Hunt (Woods 15), Gobern, Norwood, Scannell, Danns (Beckford 76), Ward, Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Robinson.

Attendance: 16,500
Referee: David Webb.


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