Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 29/12/2014
Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells came off the bench to grab a late winner to give Town their first win in four matches and end Bolton's eight-match unbeaten run.Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Wells latched on to Jonathan Hogg's pass to fire in the match winner as the Terriers came from behind to beat Bolton Wanderers at the John Smith's Stadium.

It was the perfect tonic for manager Chris Powell, who will have been delighted with the way his side fought back, especially after letting a two-goal lead slip against Rotherham United on Boxing Day.

Bolton boss Neil Lennon was critical of referee Trevor Kettle after the final whistle, blaming two key decisions that cost his side.

The Town faithful must have thought it was going to be one of those days again as Bolton went ahead after just 39 seconds through Darren Pratley.

But a superb strike from Jacob Butterfield got Town back level just before the break.

Powell was forced into one change as midfielder Hogg, who missed the draw with Rotherham through illness, returned in place of the injured loan striker Grant Holt.

Bolton, who beat Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day, started with midfielder Liam Trotter in favour of Rob Hall, who was dropped to the bench.

Ground staff and volunteers cleared the pitch after the recent cold snap but it was the visitors who got off to the perfect start.

Just 39 seconds had passed when Town failed to clear a Bolton free-kick and Pratley pounced on the loose ball to hammer a shot that went in off the cross bar.

Powell's men responded in positive fashion but despite forcing several corners, they were unable to make their possession pay.

Tommy Smith's cross teed up Murray Wallace but his header flew past the wrong side of the post and Sean Scannell was denied by Dorian Dervite after a smart through ball from Conor Coady.

Scanell's miscue then landed at the feet of James Vaughan in the box but the striker could only fire straight at Andy Lonergan.

The Bolton stopper then pulled off a smart save to deny Harry Bunn's curling effort before Vaughan miscued his effort from Scannell's cross.

At the other end, Alex Smithies was out quickly to deny former Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen after he was put through by Liam Feeney.

It took a sweet strike from Butterfield to bring Town level on 43 minutes. Some neat play down the right wing saw Hogg set up the former Bolton loanee, who hit a half-volley across the face of goal and into the bottom-left corner.

Bolton pressed early in the second half but produced little. Gudjohnsen hit a free-kick from a good position straight into the wall after the striker was fouled by Mark Hudson.

Butterfield has a deflected effort saved by Lonergan whilst Vaughan missed the target with a header from Smith's cross.

Bolton brought on former England international Emile Heskey with over 20 minutes remaining. The striker looked to have put the Trotters 2-1 up but his effort was ruled out for offside, which left Lennon incensed.

Left-back Jack Robinson brought a save out of Lonergan with a shot from the edge of the area before substitute Wells slotted in the winner with five minutes remaining.

Hogg blocked a Bolton clearance before putting Wells through on goal and the Bermudian striker happily accepted by firing the ball past Lonergan.

Despite late pressure from Bolton and four minutes of stoppage time, Town held on to end 2014 with a win.


Huddersfield: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Hogg, Coady, Butterfield (Gerrard 90), Scannell, Vaughan (Hammill 84), Bunn (Wells 76).
Subs not used: Allinson, Peltier, Gobern, Lolley.

Bolton: Lonergan, Vela, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Trotter (Wheater 88), Danns, Feeney, Lee Chung-yong, Pratley (Heskey 68), Gudjohnsen (Hall 80).
Subs not used: Bogdan, Moxey, Spearing, Clough.

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Attendance: 15,773.


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