Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Huddersfield Town

  • November 29, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved three points clear of the relegation zone on Saturday, after a scrappy 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium.

Craig Davies scored the only goal of the game, tapping home from close range at the midway point of the second half, after a neat move involving Lee Chung-Yong and Liam Feeney left him with the simple task of slotting the ball past Alex Smithies.

The win, Bolton's fourth in succession on home soil, sees them leapfrog the Terriers in the Championship table and to within three points of their next opponents, Reading, in 14th.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon started with the same team that began at Blackpool a week ago, opting to keep a level of consistency to his selection, despite overseeing a poor performance in that game at Bloomfield Road.

After a minute's silence in memory of former Bolton defender Roy Hartle, the game began with the hosts on top.

The first chance arrived in the 8th minute and it fell at the feet of Davies, who smashed a shot against the underside of the crossbar after being picked out in an unmarked position by Chung-Yong.

The next opportunity didn't arrive until the midway stage of the half, with the majority of the game being played in the middle of the park. This time, Davies was denied from range by Smithies, before the same man saw appeals for a penalty turned down on the half-hour. Match referee Carl Berry awarded a free-kick instead, which Feeney wasted by curling into the Huddersfield fans behind the goal.

Sean Scannell was causing problems down the Huddersfield right as the half entered the final 10 minutes, but his surging run beyond Matt Mills resulted in a cross that no Terriers forward had gambled on - with the goal at their mercy.

Davies, Max Clayton and Darren Pratley all failed to test Smithies shortly thereafter, while Chung-Yong saw a goalbound strike charged down after he reacted to Dorian Dervite's knockdown inside the box.

Despite being second best for the majority of the half, it was Huddersfield who should have led at the break. Nahki Wells ghosted in behind the Wanderers defence, but his low strike across goal was tipped behind by the fingertips of Andy Lonergan - who ensured the game remained goalless going into the break.

Murray Wallace came on for Joel Lynch, as Town made a change at the start of the second period. They began better than their hosts, with Jacob Butterfield being denied a certain goal against his former club by Lonergan.

Lonergan was alert again in the 54th minute, this time rushing off his line to deny Grant Holt in a one-on-one situation, while Davies came close at the other end after seeing a volley sliced agonisingly wide by Mark Hudson.

The deadlock was finally broken with 67 minutes on the clock, though, as Davies finished off a free-flowing move that began when Chung-Yong slipped Feeney clear in the Huddersfield box. The former Millwall winger had every right to shoot, but unselfishly squared the ball across for Davies to tap home from close range.

The two players reversed roles five minutes later, only for Smithies to deny Feeney, before a number of substitutions caused the play to break at regular intervals.

It wasn't until stoppage time that another chance of note arrived, as Neil Danns shot straight at Smithies from 25 yards, but Wanderers needn't worry about grabbing a second as they saw out time to claim a fourth successive home win under their new manager.

Bolton return to action next Saturday, when they make the long trip to Reading - hoping to make an impact and respond to their 7-1 defeat on their last visit to the Madejski Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Vela, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Danns, Pratley, Feeney (Hall 87), Chung-Yong, Clayton, C Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Spearing, Mason, Trotter, Threlkeld
Booked: Chung-Yong, Danns
Goals: C Davies 67

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Lynch (Wallace 46), Robinson, Butterfield, Coady, Poyet (Lolley 76), Scannell (Ward 90), Holt, Wells
Subs Not Used: Dixon, Hogg, Allinson, Peltier
Booked: Hudson, Wallace

Referee: Carl Berry
Attendance: 15,924

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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