Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Huddersfield Town

  • January 02, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton failed to build on their morale-boosting win over Blackburn Rovers, as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers had the better of the early exchanges against the Terriers, with Liam Feeney striking a post on 12 minutes, but their early momentum eased and, despite going in goalless at the break, one sensed it was only a matter of time until the visitors broke the deadlock - something which they did shortly after the hour.

After seeing his initial strike blocked by Prince-Desir Gouano, Joe Lolley reacted quickest to slam the rebound past a stranded Ben Amos. The points were then sealed three minutes from time, as Mustapha Carayol, just on as a substitute for Harry Bunn, slotted home from the edge of the box after Amos had done well to deny Nahki Wells.

Fans stayed behind in their numbers to applaud and cheer Bolton off the field following Monday's win over Rovers, but the full-time whistle on this occasion was met with the remaining few booing their team down the tunnel in a complete contrast to five days earlier.

The result left a bitter taste in the mouth, after Neil Lennon put his faith in the side that started against Rovers, as he named an unchanged team for the opening game of 2016.

Bolton started well, with Darren Pratley and Gary Madine both heading off target inside the opening 10 minutes, while Feeney saw an acrobatic effort cleared off the line by Ben Chilwell.

Feeney was involved again moments later, as he ran on to a flick from Madine and outpaced Chilwell, only to see his shot from 20 yards cannon back off the inside of the post. After working the ball back to Feeney, his low cross from the action that followed somehow evaded both Madine and Zach Clough as Huddersfield cleared to safety.

Mark Davies was next to attempt a run at the Town defence, only to see his goalbound shot blocked, before the game seemed to turn in an instant.

Having hurried and pressed their opponents high up the field, battled for every ball and attacked with pace, Wanderers suddenly seemed to stop as Huddersfield took a grip of the game and began to play at their own free will.

Wells raced clear of Gouano and David Wheater on 25 minutes, only to be denied by an outstanding sliding challenge from the former, with the away supporters behind the goal appealing for a penalty, while Sean Scannell was first to try a shot, sending a half-volley over the crossbar.

Bunn sliced wide and Lolley had an effort charged down, before referee Andy Haines halted play to issue the first yellow card of the game to Pratley for a tug on Lolley's shirt in the build-up.

Wells had a chance to break the deadlock in stoppage time at the end of the half, but his shot was blocked when Bunn was perhaps better placed, meaning the two sides went in scoreless at the break.

There were no changes to the Bolton side at the start of the second period, but Huddersfield did opt to make one alteration - with Jamie Paterson coming on in place of Scannell.

After dominating the play inside the final 20 minutes of the opening 45, the visitors raced out of the blocks after the restart and were unfortunate not to go ahead inside 60 seconds. Wells raced clear of the Wanderers defence and rounded Amos in goal, before seeing his shot cleared off the line by a full-stretch Gouano.

Amos saved from Lolley moments later, while Dean Moxey hit a free-kick straight into a Huddersfield wall at the other end.

The Terriers thought they had taken the lead on 55 minutes as Wells latched on to a pass from Paterson, but his curling shot was tipped away by an outstanding fingertip save from Amos, who kept his clean sheet intact.

He was beaten from the next attack, however, as Lolley broke the deadlock at the second attempt. After his initial run and shot was charged down by Gouano, the loose ball fell kindly back at the feet of the Huddersfield midfielder, who slammed the ball past an already committed Amos.

Bolton looked to respond immediately and came close to equalising within five minutes, with Clough shooting wide with an effort from the outside of his right boot, before Lennon decided to make a tactical substitution.

Wellington Silva came on to take the place of Rob Holding, allowing Davies to move into central midfield and Josh Vela into the right-back void left by Holding's departure.

Emyr Huws, Paterson and Tommy Smith all fired off target for Huddersfield once play had resumed, after which shooting opportunities seemed to come at a premium.

Clough and Silva both had shots charged down inside the final 10 minutes, before the visitors ended the game as a contest when Carayol, two minutes after coming on as a substitute, slotted into the bottom corner of the Wanderers goal after Wells had initially been denied by Amos.

Three minutes of added time passed by without incident, as Bolton began the New Year with defeat that keeps them three points adrift at the bottom of the Championship table.

They return to action next Saturday, with a banana skin of an FA Cup fixture at non-league Eastleigh awaiting them. Their next league outing is on Tuesday week, when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Holding (Silva 67), Gouano, Wheater, Moxey, Pratley, Vela, Feeney, Clough, Davies, Madine
Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Spearing, Osede, Danns, Casado, Dobbie
Booked: Pratley, Vela

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Chilwell, Hogg, Huws (Cranie 88), Scannell (Paterson 46), Bunn (Carayol 85), Lolley, Wells
Subs Not Used: Davidson, Miller, Murphy, Dempsey
Booked: Hudson
Goals: Lolley 61, Carayol 87

Referee: Andy Haines
Attendance: 15,969

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