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Player Ratings: Huddersfield Town v Bolton Wanderers

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Wanderers went down to their first defeat in nine matches at Huddersfield, but how did the players rate in Yorkshire?

Neil Lennon will be eager for the transfer window to open after Sunday's defeat to Huddersfield
Neil Lennon will be eager for the transfer window to open after Sunday's defeat to Huddersfield
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The unbeaten run may be over but there were certainly positives for Wanderers as we move into January, when Neil Lennon is almost certain to strengthen the squad.

We take a look at how Wanderers performed up against Huddersfield yesterday.

GK Andy Lonergan 8: Again the big goalkeeper was the pick of the bunch, pulling off some key saves. He could do nothing about Butterfield's wonder goal - why didn't he do that when he played for us?! - Nor Wells' winner, which should't have stood anyway.

RB Josh Vela 7: Vela has settled into the unfamiliar full-back role and is performing well. He defends well, gets forwardand delivers decent crosses into the box. He played well again against Huddersfield, but it'd be interesting to see if Lennon is able to move into his more natural midfield position where he is able to have more influence on the game.

CB Matt Mills 6: Again the reliable centre-half did little to disappoint, with somewhat of a back to basics performance.

CB Dorian Dervite 7: Played well again at the heart of the Bolton defence, Dervite is growing in confidence with every game at the moment.

LB Tim Ream 5: Given that he is a big centre-half, Ream struggles when he comes up against a tricky little winger. That was exactly the case against Sean Scannell yesterday, as the former Crystal Palace ran rings around the American.

LM Darren Pratley 7: Got Wanderers off to the best possible start with a great finish in the first minute. Pratley now has three goals in the last three matches, and is finally showing the potential that led him to be signed from Swansea three years ago. Played well in midfield and has definitely been one of the positives of Lennon's reign so far, but the effects of two games in three days caught up with him late on at Huddersfield.

CM Neil Danns 5: Danns got caught trying to be clever and dwelling on the ball for too long on Boxing Day, and was lucky that Blackburn were wasteful with their chances. However, that wasn't the case against Huddersfield as he lost possession in central midfield for the winning goal. He has to think quicker in possession and learn that sometimes you just have to get rid of the ball. Worked hard, but his mistake cost us.

CM Liam Trotter 4: A very disappointing performance from the big midfielder. He gave the ball away far too easily and far too frequently, he is not creative in possession of the ball, he doesn't work particularly hard and he doesn't carry a goal threat. He'll be lucky to stick around Bolton in January, and I'd rather see Josh Vela given a chance in midfield when we have a right-back available.

AM: Chung-Yong Lee 5: Chungy dropped below the very high standards we've seen from him of late. Despite getting more of the ball than he did against Blackburn, he created very little. Of course this will only be a blip on the South Korean's copybook as he's been fantastic for the last couple of months. He'll be difficult to replace when he goes away for the Asia Cup in January.

CF Eidur Gudjohnsen 7: Eidur has been fantastic in his first few games back at Bolton. He oozes class, his ball retention and touch is imperious and you can see he's a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch mentally. He may lack a little pace-wise, but he keeps on creating chances and was unlucky not to open his Bolton account for the second time yesterday.

Subs:

Emile Heskey 6 (replaced Pratley, 67): Unlucky not to make it two goals in two games, when he wrongly had a goal disallowed for offside.

Rob Hall 5 (replaced Gudjohnsen 80): Looked bright late on, but lacks a little composure.

David Wheater (replaced Trotter, 89): Wasn't involved long enough to report on.