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Huddersfield Town 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells scored his 10th goal of the season to give Huddersfield all three points

Nahki Wells scored a late winner as Huddersfield fought back to end Bolton's eight-match unbeaten run.

Darren Pratley gave the visitors the lead after 41 seconds, crashing the ball home off the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Keeper Andy Lonergan made a series of saves before Jacob Butterfield levelled with a half-volley.

Substitute Wells then coolly finished under Lonergan after Emile Heskey had a Bolton effort ruled out for offside.

Former England striker Heskey was again used as a substitute after scoring on his debut for the Trotters on Boxing Day, but his introduction could not stop Bolton slipping to a first defeat since 31 October.

Huddersfield's first victory in four matches sees them move up to 18th in the Championship table, while Bolton drop one spot to 15th.

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Trotters midfielder Pratley punished the Terriers for their inability to decisively clear the danger from an early free-kick, calmly bringing the ball down on his chest before giving Bolton the ideal start with a thumping finish.

Butterfield went close to hitting back soon after, testing Lonergan from close range, while James Vaughan and Harry Bunn also called the visiting keeper into action.

Alex Smithies kept Eidur Gudjohnsen out at the other end before Jonathan Hogg found Butterfield in space to rifle in a deserved equaliser.

Butterfield continued to trouble Bolton and had a weak follow-up shot scrambled away by Lonergan after the keeper had kept Vaughan at bay.

Heskey looked to have put Bolton 2-1 up but, after poking the ball past Smithies, his effort was ruled out for offside.

Lonergan tipped a Jack Robinson shot over the bar before Wells won it with a low finish after racing on to a Hogg through ball.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell: "Nahki will get games and will score goals. He is an important player. He might not think that when he doesn't start but I know 100% what he is capable of.

"We have to make sure we have the platform for him to play and score goals."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "We have been done by two refereeing decisions. Heskey was clearly on side - he was at least level with Jack Robinson - and the second goal was hand ball by Hogg.

"To be fair to Huddersfield, they had a very good spell in the first half and really forced the game."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27SmithBooked at 18mins
  • 4Hudson
  • 15Wallace
  • 17Robinson
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Coady
  • 8ButterfieldSubstituted forGerrardat 90'minutes
  • 7Scannell
  • 9VaughanSubstituted forHammillat 84'minutes
  • 30BunnSubstituted forWellsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gerrard
  • 12Hammill
  • 18Lolley
  • 21Wells
  • 28Gobern
  • 31Allinson
  • 37Peltier

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Vela
  • 4Mills
  • 14Dervite
  • 5Ream
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forWheaterat 88'minutes
  • 18DannsBooked at 90mins
  • 7Feeney
  • 27Lee Chung-yongBooked at 87mins
  • 21PratleySubstituted forHeskeyat 68'minutes
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forHallat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 11Hall
  • 19Heskey
  • 31Wheater
  • 40Clough
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
15,773

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Booking

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey tries a through ball, but Matt Mills is caught offside.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

Robert Hall (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Anthony Gerrard replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Delay in match Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater replaces Liam Trotter.

Booking

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill replaces James Vaughan.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter tries a through ball, but Robert Hall is caught offside.

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Robert Hall replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

Foul by James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town).

Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Nahki Wells replaces Harry Bunn.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Conor Coady (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town).

Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Darren Pratley.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Sean Scannell is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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3Middlesbrough24127538172143
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5Watford24125743261741
6Brentford2412484035540
7Norwich24107744291537
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10Nottm Forest2471073333031
11Charlton2361342425-131
12Cardiff248793235-331
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Birmingham248792737-1031
15Bolton2485112631-529
16Reading2485113040-1029
17Fulham2384113541-628
18Huddersfield2477103142-1128
19Rotherham2451182130-926
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