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Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood's sensational strike guided Huddersfield to a third successive win in the Championship at the expense of Bolton.

The former Manchester United midfielder fired home from 30 yards to condemn Bolton to back-to-back defeats.

The home side's Andre Moritz and Matt Mills were both superbly denied by keeper Alex Smithies in the first half.

Ex-Huddersfield loanee Jermaine Beckford had a great chance to equalise late on but he dragged his shot wide.

Mark Robins's side now find themselves two points off the play-offs in 10th place while Dougie Freedman's team drop to 18th.

Daniel Ward, who joined Huddersfield from Bolton in the summer of 2011, hit the outside of the post while James Vaughan headed agonisingly wide either side of Smithies's quick-fire double save.

The second half produced less goal-mouth action but Norwood added to his goal against Burnley on Saturday in stunning fashion.

Beckford, who missed a late penalty against Middlesbrough at the weekend, failed to hit the target when clean through on goal in the closing minutes.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman: "I thought we did alright. In another game you get two or three goals and away you go, it's comfortable. I'm probably more disappointed for the players because they gave themselves a good opportunity with the last seven or eight games to really kick on.

"We've got to pick ourselves up come Saturday; the good thing about the Championship is it does come thick and fast and we've got to take our frustrations out on Doncaster on Saturday."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins added: "Oli is technically outstanding and it's just that belief. We've worked on some of his finishing and shooting, I've spoken with him and he's taken that on board and to some degree he's hitting the ball really well and it's a confidence thing.

"He's a technically gifted player and he deserves that (goal), he's had a good week."

Line-ups

Bolton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 5Ream
  • 44KamaraSubstituted forMasonat 75'minutes
  • 4MillsBooked at 90mins
  • 12Knight
  • 11HallSubstituted forLeeat 56'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 10Beckford
  • 14MoritzSubstituted forNgogat 60'minutes
  • 18Danns

Substitutes

  • 9Ngog
  • 15Baptiste
  • 21Pratley
  • 26Mason
  • 27Lee
  • 31Wheater
  • 37Lee-Barrett

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Smithies
  • 27SmithBooked at 66mins
  • 3Dixon
  • 6Hogg
  • 39Gerrard
  • 33Lynch
  • 12Hammill
  • 16SouthernSubstituted forGobernat 62'minutes
  • 9Vaughan
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 88mins
  • 11WardSubstituted forScannellat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 14Stead
  • 15M Wallace
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
15,452

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

  5. Booking

    Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Post update

    Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Mason with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

  16. Post update

    Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Ngog (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin McNaughton.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.