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16:58 6th February 2010


Huddersfield Town are still unbeaten at home in the League this season, but had to settle for a point at the Galpharm Stadium this afternoon after Carlisle pegged them back with a second-half equaliser.

Anthony Pilkington's header had given the home side a 50th minute lead, but unfortunately for Lee Clark and company Ben Marshall restored parity in the scoreline later in the second half.

Town looked fired up from the first whistle and top scorer Jordan Rhodes had the first header on target, albeit straight at 'keeper Collin, within the first minute.

Home debutant Neal Trotman had an even better chance on the stroke of the third minute; after Nathan Eccleston had won a left sided corner, Anthony Pilkington's deep delivery found his head at the back post. However, he could only nod the ball wide of target under heavy pressure.

Carlisle hit back immediately and hit the crossbar through their own corner in the sixth minute. Experienced midfielder Graham Kavanagh supplied the delivery from the Town right for big defender Danny Livesey to meet with a firm header, but luckily for the Terriers the ball hit the junction of the crossbar and the post before Horwood blazed the rebound high and wide.

Excellent play from new boy Dean Heffernan almost setup a headed chance for Rhodes in the 12th minute; he turned full-back Richard Keogh inside-out before crossing into the Carlisle area, but former Leeds man Ian Harte managed to head the ball to safety.

Eccleston then latched onto a Peltier through ball and showed a great first touch to bring the ball under control, but he then slipped on the crisp Galpharm surface and allowed Livesey to clear to safety.

The Liverpool loanee was in the thick of the action again in the 18th minutes, showing electric pace to race onto Rhodes' header forward and shooting straight at the goalkeeper from an acute angle just inside the penalty area.

Trotman had his second header on goal a minute later after Roberts delivered a free-kick into the penalty area, but again he was under good pressure from the Carlisle defence and could only direct the ball over the crossbar.

More excellent attacking play from full-back Heffernan saw him overlap Roberts down the left in the 21st minute but after finding space inside the area to latch onto his through-ball his first touch was a little too long, allowing 'keeper Collin to rush out and block his shot behind for a corner.

BOOKING - Town midfielder Antony Kay was shown the first yellow card of the game in the 25th minute for a late challenge on Kavanagh on the edge of the home penalty area.

Carlisle had a goal correctly ruled out for offside three minutes later before Jordan Rhodes appeared to be inadvertently tripped up by defender Horwood as he attempted a clearance - however, referee Phillips was not interested in the appeals.

Another through ball from Rhodes found strike partner Eccleston running into more space inside the penalty area in the 31st minute, but former Town loanee Keogh got back to make a magnificent last ditch challenge and clear the ball to safety just as the 19-year old was looking to pull the trigger.

A snapshot from Kevan Hurst drifted harmlessly over the crossbar at the other end a minute later before Town created another great chance on the stroke of the 34th minute. Pressure on the goalkeeper from Jordan Rhodes saw a defensive clearance hit straight at Nathan Eccleston and with the custodian off his line, the talented forward tried to lift the ball over the stranded 'keeper - only for the ball to drift inches wide.

Darryl Duffy then got the better of Heffernan down the Town left before drilling a shot towards goal, but his effort flew miles wide of Alex Smithies' left-hand post.

The impressive Adam Clayton then curled a speculative effort straight at Smithies with six minutes of the half remaining before Duffy flicked a Kavanagh free-kick inches over the bar as the half drew to a close.

The last meaningful action of the first 45 minutes saw Rhodes flick a tame header straight at the Carlisle goalkeeper from a deep Heffernan challenge.


SUBS - Both sides made changes during the interval - Danny Drinkwater replaced Tom Clarke for the Terriers, whereas Ian Harte was replaced by Peter Murphy for the visitors.

Carlisle started the half brightly and forced an early corner, but the Terriers soon took the lead.

GOAL - On his return from the injury that kept him out of last weekend's win, Anthony Pilkington netted a 50th minute header to put the Terriers ahead. When Gary Roberts picked the ball up to the left of the penalty area and drifted a cross towards the far post, it looked like 'Pilks' might struggle to generate the power to beat the goalkeeper but he really cranked his neck to generate the strength and direction to guide the ball inside the far post.

Carlisle midfielder Kavanagh acrobatically volleyed towards goal as the Cumbrians tried to reply minutes later before another Roberts cross towards the far post fell to Pilkington; however, this time he volleyed over the crossbar.

A very unfortunate slip from full-back Heffernan almost gifted Carlisle an equaliser in the 56th minute - as he attempted to clear he fell, giving possession to winger Hurst. However, the former Chesterfield man passed the ball wide of the far post with only Smithies to beat.

Another Trotman header following another Roberts cross from the left forced Collin to make a routine save two minutes later before a great one-two between Eccleston and 'Robbo' saw the latter drive a cross-come-shot across the face of the Carlisle goal. The Terriers were a changed team following the interval.

SUB - Carlisle made a double change on the 61 minute mark - Kavanagh and Hurst were replaced by strikers Scott Dobie and Ben Marshall.

SUB - Robbie Simpson replaced Jordan Rhodes in Town's second change on 63rd minutes.

BOOKING - The referee then booked Nathan Eccleston in the 73rd minute for apparently continuing play after he had been caught offside - an action the official deemed as time-wasting.

SUB - Lee Clark made his final change in the 75th minute, with Dean Heffernan replaced by Robbie Williams at left-back.

Eccleston took a little too long over a shot immediately after the restart, allowing defender Livesey to get back to him and make a last ditch challenge as he broke into the penalty area.

Alex Smithies then pulled off a world class save to deny Carlisle what looked to be a certain equaliser. As the game approached the 80 minute mark Carlisle attacked down the Town left, with Keogh eventually crossing; the ball bounced once in the area before falling to substitute Dobie at the far post, but somehow Smithies stuck up a hand and diverted the ball over the bar to deny the striker from just eight yards out.

The Terriers immediately broke down the field, with brave play from Simpson setting Eccleston away. He cut infield from the left side before bending a shot that drifted agonisingly wide of the far post with the goalkeeper beaten.

GOAL - Carlisle had looked dangerous on the afternoon and grabbed an equaliser with seven minutes left through Ben Marshall. Good play down the Carlisle left ended with the winger putting a good low delivery across the face of goal and the right winger appeared at the far post to side-foot the ball past the helpless Smithies and restore parity in the scoreline.

Town hit back, with Pilkington's free kick from wide out deflected narrowly wide of goal before Kay was inches away from connecting with Simpson's knock down at the far post moments later.

Drinkwater then stole the ball from a defender before racing away down the right flank and although his pull-back found the onrushing Pilkington, he could only pass the ball into the hands of the 'keeper.

The Manchester United loanee then had a penalty claim turned away in the four minutes of added time after he was hauled down in the box.

BOOKING - Peter Clarke was booked for holding the shirt of Darryl Duffy late in the game.


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

Alex Smithies; Dean Heffernan (Robbie Williams 75), Peter Clarke (c), Neal Trotman, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Tom Clarke (Danny Drinkwater 46), Antony Kay, Anthony Pilkington; Jordan Rhodes (Robbie Simpson 63), Nathan Eccleston

Unused Subs: Simon Eastwood, Nathan Clarke, Lee Novak, Krystian Pearce

Town Bookings: Antony Kay (25), Nathan Eccleston (73), Peter Clarke (90)

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