Two smart goals, three points and a clean sheet made it a happy new year for Huddersfield Town.

David Wagner’s side overcame a tricky start at the Macron Stadium to complete a welcome festive holiday haul of seven points from nine.

Joe Lolley and substitute Mustapha Carayol scored in the second half as Town began a year with a win for the first time since 2004.

Back then they were in Division III (now League II).

Now they are trying to challenge in the Championship under a head coach who has brought a fresh approach on and of the pitch.

Fans are waiting eagerly to see what additions will be made to the squad now the transfer window has opened.

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But the existing players have showed that Wagner has decent foundations from which to build.

As fitness levels grow, Town are becoming more adept at Wagner’s full-throttle approach.

They also have a bit of grit, confidence and determination.

Having gone behind with 10 minutes to go at Queens Park Rangers last Monday, they hit back for a draw.

And while they were put under the cosh by Bolton in the opening stages, when busy Liam Feeney thumped a shot against a post, they stood firm, stuck to their system and turned things around, to the delight of their 2,221 travelling fans in a 15,969 crowd.

Town were denied a strong penalty appeal in the 24th minute, when Nahki Wells went down under the challenge of Prince-Desire Gouano.

From then on, the pattern of the game seemed to change.

Helped by the introduction of Jamie Paterson for Sean Scannell, Wagner’s side bossed the second half.

Wells might have been denied a fourth goal in three games by a smart 55th-minute save by Ben Amos.

But while the former Manchester United stopper was able to parry Joe Lolley’s initial effort in the 61st minute, he was helpless as the Town man drilled in the rebound. It was Lolley’s third goal of the season and rewarded a bright display by the 23-year-old.

Town were playing well but certainly weren’t home and hosed, because Bolton, who despite being bottom of the table, had only been beaten twice on home turf previously this season, kept going.

But the win was sealed when Carayol, just on in place of Harry Bunn, slid the ball home after Emyr Huws’ effort was parried by Amos in the 87th minute.

It was also a third goal of the campaign for the on-loan Middlesbrough man.

Town benefited from a strong display by Jonathan Hogg in front of central defenders Mark Hudson and Joel Lynch, who worked together well.

That meant plenty of protection for Jed Steer, back between the posts after returning on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

Ben Chilwell, who gradually got the measure of Feeney, also caught the eye on the eighth and final appearance of his loan from Leicester City.

And fans will hope it’s auf wiedersehen rather than a final goodbye as they cling to the hope that the classy left-back might return, whether he stays at Leicester or is transferred during the window.