Chris Powell says Town produced a “template performance” against Bolton Wanderers.

The boss was delighted at the way his players responded to going behind in the opening minute.

Goals by Jacob Butterfield and substitute Nahki Wells sealed a 2-1 home victory to put Town 18th in the Championship.

It was a first win in four after defeats at Norwich City and at home to Birmingham City, then the 2-2 Boxing Day draw at Rotherham United.

And Powell labelled it the most pleasing display of his time in charge.

“We had great wins at Wolves and at home Nottingham Forest,” he said.

“But what had happened previously and the way we responded made the performance against Bolton a really good one.

“I also enjoyed the atmosphere in the stadium, because the crowd really stuck with us.

“We needed that after Darren Pratley scored so early in the game, and I thought we were good value for the points.

“After giving away those two late goals at Rotherham, it was the very last thing we needed, particularly as the game came just 48 hours later.

 

“But the players kept their composure and stayed patient, and they got their just rewards.”

Powell picked out keeper Alex Smithies for the first-half save from Eidur Gudjohnsen which prevented Bolton from going two up.

“That was a game changer, the kind of moment that swings a match in your favour,” he said.

“Instead of being two behind, we got the equaliser before the break.

“The second half was more even than the first, which I felt we dominated.

“But I thought we were the better side over the 90 minutes as a whole.

“We showed we can bounce back after a setback and I thought we played some good football under pressure.

“Jonathan Hogg was outstanding as well, and I do like the way he, Conor Coady and Jacob Butterfield combine as a midfield trio.

“We also got two starts from James Vaughan, which I didn’t envisage beforehand, and a great goal by Nahki Wells.

“It was a template performance and we need to build on it.”