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Posted Mon 01 Apr 13

Huddersfield match preview

Setting the scene
Bolton Wanderers return to the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night for their npower Championship clash against Huddersfield Town.

The Whites will be looking to make it sixth consecutive wins at home following back-to-back away games at Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic respectively.

Dougie Freedman’s currently sit ninth in the table ahead of game against Mark Robins’ Terriers and a win would see Bolton rise one place in the standings.

Meanwhile, visitors Huddersfield Town travel across the Pennies looking to steer away from the drop zone with the Yorkshire outfit currently 22nd in the table.

In their last outing, Town were narrowly beaten 1-0 at home to promotion chasing Hull City and in 2012/13 have won six games away from home in England’s second tier.

Team News
Sam Ricketts and Craig Davies will miss the game against Huddersfield Town through suspension after last weekend’s game at Charlton.

One to watch – James Vaughan 
Town striker James Vaughan is the player we have identified to look out for in the away dressing room.

Vaughan, signed on a season long loan from Norwich City, has scored nine goals for Town this season, including a late winner at Leeds United last month.

A former England U21 international, Vaughan started his career at Everton and became the Premier League’s youngest ever goalscorer when he netted on only his second senior appearance against Crystal Palace on 10 April 2005, aged just 16 years and 271 days old.

His promising progress was curtailed by some unfortunate injuries with the Toffees, but he still scored for the Club in the UEFA Cup and played in the 2009 FA Cup final.

Spending time on loan in the Championship withDerby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, his time with the latter was particularly successful; his nine goals helped Palace avoid relegation during the 2010/11 season.

Vaughan ended his long association with Everton in the summer of 2011, joining Premier League side Norwich City for an undisclosed fee on a three year contract.

Head to head
Tuesday night’s game will be the 86th time the two sides have met in league action, with Wanderers holding the upper hand with 35 wins compared to Town’s 31.

Earlier this season, Bolton and Huddersfield played out a 2-2 draw in Yorkshire with Chris Eagles and Mark Davies on the scoresheet, however the Terriers scored a late equaliser courtesy of loan star Vaughan.

The referee
David Web will be the referee for the game under the Reebok floodlights on Tuesday night. Webb, from Lancashire, has yet to officiate a Bolton game so far this season.

An experienced Football League official, Webb has taken charge of 30 games so far this season, handing out 95 yellows and five red cards.