Date: 6th January 2018 at 6:26pm
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Two quick fire goals were enough to see Huddersfield Town through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Bolton managed to secure a consolation goal, from a set play but it was the Terriers who progressed in the competition.

Huddersfield started the game having made wholesale changes, 8 in total, to their side, including a debut for Terence Kongolo in defence, who looked assured despite having only joined the club earlier this week.

Bolton pretty much sat 11 behind the ball in the first half and they had the best chance of the first half which they managed to fluff wide, Huddersfield just lacked a threat going forward in the first half.

Wagner’s half time team talk obviously worked though as Huddersfield started the second half on fire and it seemed only a matter of time until the deadlock was broken and in the 51st minute Rajiv Van La Parra, who had come on for the injured Collin Quaner in the first half, stabbed home at the near post from Sabiri’s corner to give Huddersfield the lead.

The hosts had literally no time to recover as in minute 52 Danny Williams doubled Huddersfield’s lead with a wickedly deflected strike from 30 yards out off Wheater which beat Mark Howard in the home goal to send the travelling fans wild.

Derik Osede got one back on 64 minutes for the hosts from a Morais corner.

It was a lifeline back into the game for Bolton, although Huddersfield had further efforts from Williams, from distance and a close range effort, where some in the crowd were calling for a penalty.

Bolton didn’t really have any further chances of note and despite working hard to look for an equaliser Huddersfield saw the game out to head into the next round.

The Terriers will be pleased to have got minutes in the legs of the returning Michael Hefele and Phil Billing after the pair recovered from lengthy injury lay offs.

Huddersfield will be ball number 10 in Monday’s fourth round draw at 7pm on BBC 2

Manager Rating
David Wagner:-

Even if we had no clear-cut chances in the first half, we controlled the game.

We looked very focused and concentrated.

I was satisfied that we looked so professional.

It was a totally deserved win.

I am very happy with the performance even if we came under pressure towards the end.

and on the hotly debated Sabiri challenge

It was a foul on Sabiri and then he tried to reach the ball with a long leg.

If you have to speak about the challenge you have to speak about the foul a couple of minutes before.

Opponent Rating
Phil Parkinson

‘I thought in the first half we had the best chance with Aaron`s header.

I though we were in the game today apart from two minutes.

You need to see the tackle before Williams` goal to believe it.

It`s a shocker. It`s a leg-breaking challenge.

The lad`s gone right over the top of the ball and Wheater is very lucky not to have a serious injury.

I`ll be going to the ref later to ask how he hasn`t seen it.

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