Huddersfield Town 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers

Match info: Championship at The John Smith's Stadium

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton Att: 16,372

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Huddsf'ld

Zat Knight 9 (og)
James Vaughan 87

2
vs
2

Bolton

Mark Davies 70
Chris Eagles 80

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 18:40 GMT

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson praised striker James Vaughan after he marked on his first start in eight matches with a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at home to Bolton.

Simon Grayson: Thrilled with Vaughan contribution
Simon Grayson: Thrilled with Vaughan contribution

Vaughan, on loan from Norwich, was returning after a thigh injury and lasted the pace well to earn the Terriers a point three minutes from time.

Grayson said: "We are delighted to have him back in the team. We have seen previously what he can do for us and the quality he has."

Vaughan could even have won it in the six minutes of added time and was only denied by a brilliant save from Adam Bogdan.

Huddersfield went ahead when Zat Knight headed an Oliver Norwood corner into his own net early on, but Mark Davies equalised in the 70th minute when he produced a superb finish from Chris Eagles' pass.

Bolton should have gone in front five minutes later only for Eagles to see his penalty saved by Alex Smithies, but they did go ahead 10 minutes from time as Eagles this time found the net from a Davies pass.

But the drama was not over and substitute Alan Lee set up Vaughan to make it 2-2 in a thrilling finale.

Grayson added: "If you paid money to come and watch this game I don't think you were short changed.

"The game swung backwards and forwards and I have kicked every ball and gone through every emotion. We made some mistakes but we could have nicked it at the end."

Grayson admitted he was pleased with a point after back-to-back defeats

"Bolton are a top, top team at the wrong end of the division," he added. They have Premier League experience and we showed we can compete."

Grayson also praised Smithies for two early saves and the penalty stop after his blunder gifted a goal to Leeds last weekend.

"Alex is a fantastic goalkeeper and he made a mistake last week but he showed his quality," he said.

"He's mentally strong and goalkeepers need that. They can be heroes one minute and villains the next."

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman claimed he would not take Eagles off penalty duty, despite his second successive miss from the spot.

"He showed his character by coming back to score the goal and I will leave it to him whether he wants to continue," said Freedman.

"I don't think he will give it up, but I will give him the option. He is a team player and will do what is best for the team."

Freedman's team have now lost only once in eight matches and the boss said they were on the right track.

"I am very proud of that performance," he said. "I am excited about what we have to work with here.

"I understand people will be disappointed at some of the results but from a coach's point of view we keep putting in performances.

"Sometimes you don't get what you deserve but you just stick to your principles.

"We play on the front foot and we keep going. What we need to do now is change these draws into wins."


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