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Championship: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield

Huddersfield overcame Nahki Wells’ sending off to beat Millwall.

The Terriers’ were down to 10 men early in the second half when the striker was shown his second yellow card.

Sean Scannell’s neat finish had put the Yorkshire club ahead, but Stefan Maierhofer cancelled it out before half-time.

Jacob Butterfield gave Huddersfield the lead again from long range, and a late penalty from James Vaughan sealed the three points for Chris Powell’s side.

Millwall remain in the bottom three having extended their winless run at the New Den to nine games.

But hopes they would follow their victory at Nottingham Forest last time out with three crucial points at home came to nothing despite a good start, where Maierhofer hit the woodwork early on.

Huddersfield had gone close to opening the scoring when Millwall’s Jos Hooiveld cleared the ball off his own line, but they were ahead seconds later.

Scannell’s smart finish gave Huddersfield the lead, but it lasted little more than 10 minutes when a clearance from David Edgar struck Maierhofer and looped into the Huddersfield net.

Harry Bunn’s curling shot hit the bar and Wells forced a good save out of Millwall goalkeeper David Forde as Huddersfield finished the first half strongly.

A poor challenge on Shaun Williams gave Wells his second booking in the 50th minute, but the away side responded well to the setback.

Having absorbed considerable Millwall pressure Huddersfield seized their chance, with Butterfield’s long range shot having too much venom for Forde to hold on.

Bunn was brought down in the box with six minutes remaining, and Vaughan sent Forde the wrong way from 12 yards to condemn Ian Holloway’s side to their eighth home defeat of the season.

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Championship: Huddersfield 2-1 Bolton

Nahki Wells scored a late winner as Huddersfield fought back to end Bolton’s eight-match unbeaten run.

Darren Pratley gave the visitors the lead after 41 seconds, crashing the ball home off the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Keeper Andy Lonergan made a series of saves before Jacob Butterfield levelled with a half-volley.

Substitute Wells then coolly finished under Lonergan after Emile Heskey had a Bolton effort ruled out for offside.

Former England striker Heskey was again used as a substitute after scoring on his debut for the Trotters on Boxing Day, but his introduction could not stop Bolton slipping to a first defeat since 31 October.

Huddersfield’s first victory in four matches sees them move up to 18th in the Championship table, while Bolton drop one spot to 15th.

Trotters midfielder Pratley punished the Terriers for their inability to decisively clear the danger from an early free-kick, calmly bringing the ball down on his chest before giving Bolton the ideal start with a thumping finish.

Butterfield went close to hitting back soon after, testing Lonergan from close range, while James Vaughan and Harry Bunn also called the visiting keeper into action.

Alex Smithies kept Eidur Gudjohnsen out at the other end before Jonathan Hogg found Butterfield in space to rifle in a deserved equaliser.

Butterfield continued to trouble Bolton and had a weak follow-up shot scrambled away by Lonergan after the keeper had kept Vaughan at bay.

Heskey looked to have put Bolton 2-1 up but, after poking the ball past Smithies, his effort was ruled out for offside.

Lonergan tipped a Jack Robinson shot over the bar before Wells won it with a low finish after racing on to a Hogg through ball.

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