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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.

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
  • 15M Wallace
  • 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
  • 27LeeBooked 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Anthony Gerrard replaces Jacob Butterfield.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater replaces Liam Trotter.

  14. Booking

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

  15. 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.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Adam Hammill replaces James Vaughan.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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