Vaughan strike denies Trotters
James Vaughan marked his return from injury with a late
equaliser as Huddersfield denied Bolton a return to winning ways
with a 2-2 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The striker, making his first start in eight games following a
thigh problem, struck in the 87th minute to help the Terriers avoid
a third successive defeat.
After Mark Davies had cancelled out Zat Knight’s first-half own
goal, Eagles wasted the chance to put his side in front when his
74th-minute penalty was saved by Alex Smithies.
However, the in-form winger looked to have given Bolton, who
lost to struggling Ipswich last weekend, the three points six
minutes later before Vaughan’s late leveller.
Adam Clayton tried his luck from distance early on, but Adam
Bogdan was equal to the former Leeds midfielder’s 30-yard
The Trotters responded and dangerman Eagles pulled the ball back
only for Keith Andrews to scuff a shot into the hands of Smithies,
who then had to keep out an Eagles 25-yard drive after Peter Clarke
gave away possession.
But it was the hosts who went ahead in the ninth minute when
Anthony Gerrard headed Oliver Norwood’s corner goalwards and the
ball went in off visiting defender Knight.
Bolton almost levelled up three minutes later when Andrews fired
narrowly over after Mark Davies saw his effort blocked.
However, Town were unfortunate not to double their advantage
when Clayton’s shot was parried by Bogdan and Lee Novak hit the
rebound against the crossbar.
Huddersfield had to be alert at the back to clear a Sam Ricketts
header, while at the other end Chris Atkinson sliced a half-volley
over the top from 25 yards.
Town finished the half strongly, with Norwood curling a
free-kick from the edge of the area just wide before Bogdan had to
backtrack quickly to tip over Jack Hunt’s teasing cross.
Bolton came out firing in the second half and Knight almost made
up for his earlier error but his header was off target, before Lee
Chung-yong shot narrowly wide from an acute angle.
In the 52nd minute, referee Eddie Ilderton waved away Bolton’s
appeals for a penalty when Kevin Davies was bundled over in the
Kevin Davies was then played in by Lee, although the former
England striker’s shot whistled past the post.
Bolton’s pressure told in the 69th minute when Mark Davies
picked up a pass from Eagles and side-footed home from 12
Eagles missed a glorious opportunity to put his side into the
lead five minutes later as his penalty was tipped onto the post by
Smithies after Paul Dixon fouled Ricketts in the area.
However, the former Manchester United winger made amends shortly
afterwards when he found the net from 12 yards.
But Vaughan secured a point for Simon Grayson’s outfit three
minutes from time, shooting into the bottom corner.