Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Huddersfield Town

  • January 06, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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60 years after they last lifted the FA Cup, Bolton's hopes of repeating that success will go on for another season after they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town.

After a goalless first-half at Macron Stadium, the visitors scored twice in as many minutes shortly after the restart, with Rajiv van La Parra and Danny Williams putting the Premier League side in control.

Derik Osede pulled one back just after the hour as Wanderers looked to get themselves back into the contest, but it wasn't to be for Phil Parkinson's side - who exit the competition at the third-round stage for the second successive season.

With one eye on next weekend's Championship trip to Brentford, Parkinson made six changes to the team that started against Hull City on New Year's Day - lining up with a defensively strong unit, with the majority of the alterations coming in the form of attacking personnel.

Mark Howard replaced Ben Alnwick in goal for his first appearance since September, while David Wheater returned alongside Mark Beevers following the expiry of Reece Burke's loan deal from West Ham United.

Further up the field, in came Derik Osede, Filipe Morais, Adam Le Fondre and Aaron Wilbraham, all at the expense of Gary Madine, Will Buckley and the injured duo of Darren Pratley and Karl Henry.

With the action underway, there was little to call inside an arctic-like Macron Stadium throughout the opening half-hour.

Both sides had the ball in the final third, only to be denied goalscoring opportunities by the final ball. First, Wheater was alert to clear a low cross from Laurent Deoitre after he had shruggled off a weak challenge from Beevers, while Sammy Ameobi had a ball cut out at the other end as he looked to put Le Fondre clean through on the Huddersfield goal.

Such was the shortage of goalmouth action, it wasn't until the 34th minute that the first shot of the afternoon arrived - with Tommy Smith firing high and wide of the Wanderers target as he got on the end of a cutback from Scott Malone.

Town were back on the attack again moments later, with Jonathan Hogg this time shooting high over the crossbar, but it was Bolton who should have gone ahead before the interval as Morais beat his man on the left-flank before crossing for WIlbraham, who somehow succeeded in heading wide from an unmarked position six yards from goal.

After the teams had gone in goalless at the interval, there were no half-time substitutions by either manager but it didn't take long for the deadlock to be broken following the restart - and it came courtesy of the visitors.

Having tipped an Abdelhamid Sabiri strike behind on 51 minutes, Howard was beaten from the following corner as substitute van La Parra turned and fired into the bottom corner to give Huddersfield the lead.

Then, just 60 seconds later, Town doubled their advantage as a speculative long-range effort from Williams took a wicked deflection, with the ball rolling past a wrong-footed goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Not to be disheartened by that blow, Bolton fought back and came close to scoring just after the hour as Wilbraham saw a goalbound strike deflect behind.

From the resulting corner, the ball was in the Huddersfield net as an unmarked Osede latched on to Morais' delivery to head past Joel Coleman to bring the score back to 2-1.

Osede, who had just one goal in 55 previous games for Wanderers, then almost grabbed an unlikely equaliser with 20 minutes to play, fizzing a volley narrowly over the crossbar.

The equaliser just wouldn't come for the hosts, however, with Beevers seeing the best chance blocked after neat play involving Wheater and Wilbraham, as the Trotters dropped out of the competition at the third-round stage.

Their cup hopes may be over for another campaign, but focus now returns to league action and their trip to Brentford next Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Howard, Robinson, Beevers, Wheater, Little (Hall 85), Osede, Vela (King 85), Morais, Ameobi (Noone 76), Le Fondre, Wilbraham
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, A Taylor, Darby, Earing
Booked: Vela, Ameobi
Goals: Osede 64

Huddersfield Town: Coleman, Smith, Kongolo, Hefele (Whitehead 85), Malone, Lolley (Billing 76), Hogg, Williams, Sabiri, Depoitre, Quaner (van La Parra 39)
Subs Not Used: Green, Mounie, Hadergjonaj, O'Brien
Booked: Hefele, Coleman
Goals: van La Parra 51, Williams 52

Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 11,574

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
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