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14:02 14th November 2009


Town have now scored 20 goals in their last four home games after smashing Wycombe Wanderers for six in front of the Sky cameras today.

Skipper Peter Clarke (pictured) scored a brace, with the others coming from Gary Roberts, Anthony Pilkington, Theo Robinson and an own goal in one of the best displays of attacking football in many years.

The Terriers started well and it looked like Novak had latched onto an early Rhodes flick to race through on goal, but the offside flag denied him the opportunity. Soon after Roberts met a great Pilkington cross at the far post, but defender Duberry made a vital interception.

At the other end, striker Matt Harrold nodded a Davies corner well wide of goal under heavy pressure in the 7th minute.

Pilkington looked in the mood - in the 11th minute he coasted past Bloomfield and Westwood on the right flank before delivering a pacey cross that 'keeper Young almost spilled into the path of Novak.

Wycombe survived a penalty claim a minute later when it looked like a defender handballed Kay's cross into the box, but referee Oliver immediately turned away the appeals.

Target-man Harrold then nodded a long-range free-kick straight into the hands of Smithies, which prompted a Town attack! The talented 'keeper immediately bowled the ball to Gary Roberts on halfway, who drove at the full-back down the left before entering the penalty area - he tried to pull the ball back to Novak, but defender Hunt made a vital interception.

Another Roberts cross then found the head of the onrushing Kay in the 18th minute, but he glanced the ball wide with two defenders in close attendance.

The away side's outlet appeared to be loanee John Akinde - at every opportunity the Wycombe players were looking to play the ball towards him. However, the two Clarkes were dealing well with the threat.

Former Leeds man Duberry blocked a Rhodes snapshot in the 21st minute.

GOAL - The Terriers then opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, with skipper Peter Clarke netting his third goal of the campaign. Town were awarded a free-kick on the right flank when Bloomfield was penalised for raising his boot too high to challenge Lee Peltier; up stepped Gary Roberts to whip in a tremendous free-kick that allowed the skipper to jump and power a header past the helpless Jamie Young.

It looked like Smithies had gained a valuable assist soon after - he collected a Wycombe corner and immediately launched a perfect ball downfield for winger Pilkington; in turn, he played a superb pass over the defence for the onrushing Collins to run clear. Michael rounded the 'keeper, but from a narrow angle his shot was cleared off the line by the recovering Kevin Betsy.

GOAL - Town extended their lead in the 28th minute with a brilliant team move ended by Gary Roberts. Smithies deserved credit again - his quick-thinking saw him distribute the ball to Collins to the left of the halfway line, who drove infield and threaded a through ball to right winger Pilkington; as he entered the area he glanced up before playing a square pass to his fellow winger, who tapped the ball home from close range for his fifth of the season.

Wycombe forced a couple of corners after the half-hour, but Town defended them stoutly - with one crunching challenge from striker Novak indicative of their commitment to the clean sheet.

Yet another throw from Smithies set Roberts away on the stroke of 36 minutes and the winger advanced before giving a simple square pass to Collins, but he couldn't keep his 30-yard volley down.

SUB - Wycombe were forced into a substitution in just the 38th minute - Akinde had picked up a knock in an earlier tackle with Peltier and had to be replaced by Jon-Paul Pittman.

Lee Clark's side thought they had extended their lead a minute later when Peter Clarke headed a Williams cross towards goal, but the 'keeper saved well. The ball was parried up in the air, and Lee Novak was booked for handball as he tried to turn the ball home.

Smithies made a great save in the final minute of added time from another Wycombe corner - with Harrold and Duberry in close attendance, he scooped the ball away from the far corner.

Rhodes then did well to hold the ball up in added time before slipping a reverse pass to strike partner Novak, but as he rounded the goalkeeper his shot was blocked by a recovering defender.


SUB - Town were forced into a half-time change - Novak had picked up a knock during the first half and was replaced by Theo Robinson.

Robbie Williams had the first shot of the second half - after Pilkington was tripped on the edge of the box, he stepped up and tried to make it three free-kick goals in a row. However, he sent his effort sailing over the bar.

GOAL - Town did make it three in the 49th minute when Anthony Pilkington scored his fifth of the season, A long ball out of defence was controlled well by substitute Robinson, who turned the ball into the path of Jordan Rhodes; he squared the ball to his left for Pilkington, who bent a superb curler into the far corner from 18 yards out.

The game settled down after the third goal, but Robinson had the ball in the net soon afterwards - latching onto a through-ball from Pilkington he rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

A great cross-field ball from Kay found the feet of Roberts in the 58th minute, who played a cheeky back-heel into the path of the overlapping Peltier; his cross to the near post found the head of Collins, but 'keeper Young made himself big and managed to block the point-blank effort.

A clever 62nd minute corner routine then found the unmarked Williams at the back post, but his right-foot volley hit a defender en route to goal and went out for a corner.

GOAL - Town did make it four in the 64th minute when skipper Peter Clarke netted his second goal of the game. Another corner from the right, taken by Anthony Pilkington, found the head of the Captain; the ball was cleared off the line by a defender, but fell back to Peter who gleefully smashed the ball in at full stretch.

Roberts pulled a shot wide of goal a minute later as the Terriers continued to dominate, but Smithies had to deal with a weak shot from winger Betsy in the 67th minute.

A great counter-attack in the 70th minute should have lead to a fifth goal for the Terriers - Pilkington robbed a Wycombe player of the ball on the edge of the Town box before racing into the opposition half. A great cross-field pass found Rhodes, who crossed to the back post. Robinson charged in unmarked, but volleyed the ball wide of the far post.

Robinson's electric pace presented him with another chance in the 75th minute - he easily outpaced Duberry onto a ball over the top from Kay and rounded the 'keeper, but a defender got back to block his effort; the rebound fell to the striker, but he smashed a volley into the Fantastic Media Stand with the goal gaping.

Roberts then nicked the ball from defender Johnson in the Wycombe half a minute later, but his cross was blocked before it could reach Theo in the area.

BOOKING - Robbie Williams was shown his first yellow card of the season in the 77th minute after a tug on the shirt of Scott Davies.

Theo then cleverly hid behind the Wycombe 'keeper, who dropped the ball to kick it out, but after snatching possession he tried to round the custodian, who smothered the ball at his feet.

GOAL - The lead was extended to five in the 82nd minute when former Leeds man Michael Duberry scored an unfortunate own goal. Another Town break down the right saw Roberts get free of the full-back and cross towards Robinson, only for the defender to turn the ball into his own net at close range

GOAL - Town immediately stole the ball from Wycombe's centre and went on the attack, with Rhodes slipping a great pass into the area for Robbo. The winger was upended as he latched onto the pass, which allowed substitute Theo Robinson to step up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way from twelve yards.

Jordan Rhodes was denied a certain goal by a superb Johnson tackle in second-half added time as Town finished in style.


Town's Team (4-4-2):

Alex Smithies; Robbie Williams, Peter Clarke, Nathan Clarke, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Michael Collins, Antony Kay, Anthony Pilkington; Lee Novak (Theo Robinson 46), Jordan Rhodes

Unused Subs: Matt Glennon, Jim Goodwin, Tom Clarke, Andy Butler, James Berrett, Lionel Ainsworth

Town Bookings: Lee Novak (41), Robbie Williams (77)

Gate: 14,869

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