Huddersfield Town 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 05, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Joe Mason struck in the final minute of stoppage time, as Bolton claimed a smash and grab 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

Huddersfield had enjoyed the better of the opportunities throughout the game at the John Smith's Stadium, but were undone inside the final 60 seconds as Joe Mason, on as a substitute for Liam Trotter, volleyed Lee Chung-Yong's near-post corner past Alex Smithies to send the 2,000-plus travelling supporters wild.

Both sides had struck the woodwork in the first-half, with Danny Ward hitting the Wanderers bar and Chung-Yong shooting against the post, but it was Mason's last minute heroics that sealed victory for the visitors.

Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman made one change to the side that drew with Wigan Athletic last time out, with Robert Hall being replaced by Neil Danns - who lined up against his former club.

Huddersfield had the best of the early play, with Adam Hammill bringing Adam Bogdan into a routine save inside the opening 60 seconds.

A wicked cross from Tommy Smith just evaded the outstretched legs of the Town forwards moments later, before former Bolton winger Ward had a shot deflected behind for a corner.

Bolton's first chance arrived with nine minutes on the clock, as Medo Kamara, on his 50th appearance for the club, struck a 25-yard free-kick just over the top of Alex Smithies' crossbar.

Adam Clayton shot wide at the other end, before a thunderbolt from Ward beat Bogdan but cannonned back off the crossbar.

Lukas Jutkiewicz, another player facing his former side, failed to make sufficient contact on a Tim Ream knockdown on 13 minutes, before superb play from Alan Hutton and Chung-Yong ended with the latter hitting the foot of the post.

Danns and Trotter almost combined to make an opportunity in the 20th minute, before Wanderers escaped when Jay Spearing cleared a header from Oscar Gobern off the line.

A mazy run from Hammill almost ended with him curling the ball into the top corner, while Nahki Wells saw a shot charged down by David Wheater on the half-hour.

Bolton then saw two separate penalty appeals turned down by match referee Jeremy Simpson, as Danns and Chung-Yong went down within the space of two minutes. Simpson ordered play to continue on both occasions, much to the disbelief of the visiting players and coaching staff on the sidelines.

Ward and Gobern both came close as the half entered the final five minutes, while Danns almost got on the end of a looping cross from Jutkiewicz at the other end.

Bogdan did well to deny Gobern in the 60 seconds that were added for stoppages, as the two sides went in level at the break - goalless.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half, and it was the hosts who once again came out the brighter.

Hutton was fortunate not to slice into his own net within two minutes of the restart, before Wheater did well to clear from inside the six-yard box while under pressure from Ward.

Jutkiewicz was inches away from prodding a clever flick from Chung-Yong towards goal, as Wanderers created their first chance 10 minutes into the half, while Gobern shot straight at Bogdan at the other end.

Trotter should have done better, as he headed Hutton's cross straight at Smithies before the hour, before Jutkiewicz and Smithies collided as they both challenged for a high ball into the box.

Trotter and Ward then came close at either end, while Smithies did well once again to deny Jutkiewicz a goal on his return to his former ground.

Spearing headed off the line with 15 minutes to go, moments before Bogdan was forced into tipping a fierce drive from Ward over the top.

A free-kick from Danns brought Smithies into a routine save on 82 minutes, moments before Ward wasted a glorious opportunity to strike the winner against his former club - as his shot from an acute angle flew out for a throw, after he had escaped the Bolton offside trap.

Hutton and Beckford both had chances to win it for the visitors as three minutes of added time were indicated, but it was Mason who took the honours as he pounced to volley home a corner from Chung-Yong in the final minute.

The on-loan Cardiff City forward came close to doubling his tally moments later, but it mattered not as Bolton saw out time to claim their sixth away league win of the campaign.

Wanderers return to action on Tuesday night, when they hit the road once again. This time, they will face Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Clarke, Gerrard, Hammill, Gobern (Holmes 76), Norwood, Clayton, Dixon, Wells, Ward
Subs Not Used: Woods, Hogg, Scannell, Bennett, Billing, Lynch
Booked: Gobern

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Hutton, Knight, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, Kamara, Danns, Trotter (Mason 71), Chung-Yong, Jutkiewicz (Beckford 83)
Subs Not Used: Mills, Hall, Moritz, Baptiste, Lonergan
Booked: Kamara
Goals: Mason 90+2

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Attendance: 15,120

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