Huddersfield Town 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 19, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered a heavy defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, going down 4-1 to the Terriers at the John Smith's Stadium.

Wanderers made the perfect start, as Liam Feeney fired them into a third minute lead, but the sides went in level at the break after Emyr Huws fired beyond Ben Amos in added time at the end of the first half.

After being in control for large periods of the opening 45 minutes, the visitors fell apart after the break as goals from Mustapha Carayol, a second from Huws, as well as a late strike from Joel Lynch handed Huddersfield their biggest win over the Trotters in 22 years.

Things went from bad to worse in the dying stages for Bolton, as Derik Osede was sent off for a second bookable offence, ensuring he will sit out next weekend's visit of Brighton & Hove Albion to Macron Stadium through suspension.

Neil Lennon made two changes to the Bolton team that started against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, with Emile Heskey and Stephen Dobbie taking the places of Gary Madine and the injured Zach Clough.

A return of just three goals from eight games in all competitions hasn't done much for confidence in recent weeks, but Wanderers were ahead inside three minutes as a pin-point cross from Dean Moxey fell at the feet of Feeney, who made no mistake in drilling past Jed Steer.

The visitors were then forced into making an early change, as Heskey limped off to be replaced by Madine, who came close to connecting with a ball into the box from Feeney within moments of his introduction.

Sean Scannell headed agonisingly wide of Amos' far post after Bolton had conceded possession on 17 minutes, while Mark Davies dragged an effort wide at the other end after a bursting run forward from midfield.

Wanderers were fortunate to retain their lead at the midway point of the half, as a sliced clearance from Prince-Desir Gouano came back off his own crossbar, before Amos made a routine stop to keep out a strike from Scannell at his near post.

Wellington Silva saw a goalbound header cleared to safety just after the half-hour, before a long-range shot from Neil Danns flew wide against his former club, while a free-kick in a dangerous position resulted in nothing as Dobbie failed to make the most of the opportunity granted to him.

The former Crystal Palace forward found the fans behind the goal from the next attack, after skipping beyond three Huddersfield defenders with his trickery, but the goalscoring for the opening 45 minutes wasn't over as the home side pulled level inside the added 60 seconds for stoppages.

After conceding a cheap corner, Bolton switched off and allowed Huws to beat Amos at his near post to ensure the two sides went in level at 1-1.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, although Wanderers did begin the half with ten men as Gouano headed back down the tunnel before quickly returning to the action.

Huddersfield raced out of the blocks following the resumption of play and came close to completing the turnaround within three minutes of the restart, but Huws couldn't direct his header on target from close range.

Dobbie fired straight at Steer at the other end, before Town went ahead on 51 minutes as a curling effort from Carayol flew beyond Amos.

Osede was the first player to enter the referee's notebook for a late challenge shortly afterwards, moments before the same player was outmuscled by Harry Bunn, who brought a low save out of Amos on the hour.

The former Real Madrid defender was somewhat fortunate to stay on the field following another mistimed challenge midway through the half, only for referee Trevor Kettle to issue the player with a final warming.

Madine was denied by Steer moments later, as he rose highest to send a looping header goalwards, but it was Huddersfield who were next to find the net as Huws notched his second by bundling home a cross from Carayol at the far post.

Dobbie attempted to reduce the deficit from the next attack, but could only succeed in chipping the ball straight into the arms of Steer after breaking the offside trap, in a series of play which soon saw Danns and Mark Davies join Osede in the referee's book.

Then, with seven minutes to go, Huddersfield added a fourth as Lawrie Wilson was dispossessed by Lynch, who then managed to beat Amos at his near post to complete the scoring and a heavy victory for the home side.

To make matters worse for Wanderers, Osede was shown a second yellow card in the final minute of normal time for hauling down Town substitute Nahki Wells, who came close to adding a fifth in stoppage time but couldn't find a way past Amos from Scannell's low ball into the box.

Not too many visiting supporters were left inside as the full-time whistle echoed around the stadium, as they watched their side's four-match unbeaten run come to a crashing halt - with Bolton dropping down to 21st in the Championship as a result.

They return to action next Saturday, when they play host to the division's early leaders, Brighton & Hove Albion.

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Cranie, Ward, Lynch, Davidson, Scannell, Whitehead, Huws (Hogg 78), Carayol (Paterson 82), Bunn, Miller (Wells 87)
Subs Not Used: Smith, Lolley, Dempsey, Allinson
Goals: Huws 45+1,74, Carayol 51, Lynch 83

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Wilson, Gouano, Osede, Moxey, Danns, Davies, Feeney, Dobbie (Finney 90), Silva (Walker 63), Heskey (Madine 10)
Subs Not Used: Vela, Spearing, Rachubka, Twardzik
Booked: Osede, Danns, Davies
Sent Off: Osede
Goals: Feeney 3

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Attendance: 11,762

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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
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