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Match report: Bolton Wanderers 1 Huddersfield Town 0

Craig Davies seals the win for Neil Lennon to ensure his 100% home record is kept intact

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Bolton Wanderers starting XI was unchanged from the side that drew 1-1 away at Blackpool, and fans were hoping that we could come away from Saturday's match with our pride restored in what seems to have become a much louder Macron stadium recently.

We were not disappointed.

Faith in our new manager may have been tested early in the game as Huddersfield Town made the brighter start of the two teams. However it was the man leading the line (and if you've read my previous posts you will know my love of this man already), Craig Davies, who narrowly missed a chance to put the hosts 1-0 up with his left footed strike smashing back off the cross bar.

Davies proved a pest throughout the match for our neighbours across the Pennines; and he thought he had earned his side a penalty as he was brought down on the edge of the box by Mark Hudson.

It was, however, not to be as the referee decided that the incident occurred just outside the box.

The resultant free kick was squandered by Liam Feeney.

As the first half wore on Huddersfield began to gain tempo and had their best chance on the stroke of half time; Lively winger Wells brought the best out of our in-form goalkeeper whose spectacular save prevented the former Bradford City man from putting Town ahead.

A similarly important chance also fell the opposition's way as the second half had barely even begun. We all had Andy Lonergan to thank for keeping Wanderers in the game with another top drawer save.

This would prove a real turning point in the match as Bolton started to grow, particularly after Craig Davies finally got to reap the rewards of all his hard work with a 67th minute tap in from 8 yards out. After that the whites grew in confidence and saw the tides turn as we went on to look for a second goal.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, but I'll take three points at home any day.

Bolton now need to rack up as many points as we can in December, because when January comes around we'll be without our South Korean menace Chung-Yong Lee.  Mark Davies is also out injured for the foreseeable future and we may feel very light on attacking options.

However, may this prove a blessing in disguise?

Current fill-in at right back Josh Vela, who regularly likes to play in a midfield role, may very well get his chance to impress in his preferred position during January...I certainly hope so, because I don't think I could handle a whole month of Darren Pratley behind the front man.