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Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town: LIVE

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Wanderers kick off 2016 by welcoming Huddersfield to the Macron on the back of a first win in over three months

Goal Machine: Gary Madine is certain he can start living up to his nickname
Goal Machine: Gary Madine is certain he can start living up to his nickname
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Happy New Year one and all, and welcome along to our first taste of Bolton Wanderers in 2016.

A strange feeling known as optimism surrounds on-field matters at the Macron today, following the 1-0 defeat of Blackburn earlier this week. Wanderers have a chance to follow that victory up with another against fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

Having ended a 17-match winless streak on Tuesday, Bolton will now be hoping to win two consecutive matches for the first time since Boxing Day 2014. That fact alone tells you how bad we were in 2015.

While off-field matters remain a massive cause for concern the only thing the players - who have been paid, thankfully - can do is focus on rewarding the fans for their unerring support.

The hosts will need to put the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign - a 4-1 defeat in Yorkshire - to the backs of their minds and build on the momentum gained from the Blackburn result. Strangely enough, Bolton have scored in the first three minutes of the last two clashes with Huddersfield but then gone on to lose both, so an early goal today may not be the best of starts.

A more positive thought is that Huddersfield haven't kept a clean sheet against Wanderers in their last 17 league attempts. And Bolton do have a strong overall record against The Terriers, winning 46 of the 101 clashes between the two clubs compared to the visitors' 35.

Neil Lennon sticks with the same side that defeated Blackburn, presuming if it ain't broke don't fix it. However, Huddersfield make five changes to their side, with the danger men likely to be winger Sean Scannell, forward Nakhi Wells and midfielder Emyr Huws, who scored twice in the earlier fixture this season.

We'll bring you updates of all the action from the Macron here and on Twitter, and you can let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers in the Comments section below.

Here are today's starting lineups.

Bolton Wanderers:


GK Ben Amos
RB Rob Holding
CB Prince Desir-Gouano
CB David Wheater
LB Dean Moxey
RM Liam Feeney
CM Darren Pratley
CM Josh Vela
LM Mark Davies
CF Zach Clough
CF Gary Madine

Substitutes: Paul Rachubka, Jay Spearing, Derik Osede, Neil Danns, Jose Manuel Casado, Wellington Silva, Stephen Dobbie

Huddersfield Town:

GK Jed Steer
RB Joel Lynch
CB Tommy Smith
CB Mark Hudson
LB Ben Chilwell
RM Sean Scannell
CM Jonathan Hogg
CM Emyr Huws
LM Joe Lolley
CF Harry Bunn
CF Nakhi Wells

Substitutes: Joe Murphy, Jason Davidson, Jamie Paterson, Mustapha Carayol, Ishmael Miller, Martin Cranie, Kyle Dempsey