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22:42 6th November 2009


There were fireworks in Huddersfield as this season's FA Cup got underway for Lee Clark's Town side, who eased past League Two high-flyers Dagenham and Redbridge with a superb display of attacking football.

Four first half goals put the tie beyond doubt before Town pressed home their advantage early in the second period. Striker Lee Novak and winger Gary Roberts both recorded braces, with Jordan Rhodes netting his 13th of the current campaign to add to Robbie Williams' opener as Town progressed to the second round.

Dagenham went on the attack in the early stages and Robbie Williams was needed to get a vital headed touch to a long throw in just the second minute to deny winger Danny Green a clear shot at goal at the back post before Daggers top scorer Paul Benson volleyed over the bar from close range when he should have done better.

Town soon settled into the game and a sublime outside of the foot pass from Kay picked out Roberts on the left flank, who stepped past the challenge of defender Arber; unfortunately for the Terriers, he over-hit his eventual cross into the area.

It was clear to see from the opening stages that the visitors were a robust outfit who would look to get the ball forward as early as possible, but it was Lee Clark's side that had the next chance in the 7th minute. Striker Novak pressured full-back Nurse into losing the ball down the right flank, allowing the striker to prod a low ball towards the near post; Roberts reacted quickest, but could only toe the ball wide of the near post with the 'keeper quickly narrowing the already acute angle.

GOAL - Town took the lead after just nine minutes when Robbie Williams scored an exact replica of his match-winning goal at Oldham the previous weekend. The home side were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out when a defender handled the ball as Gary Roberts tried to go past him, allowing the left-back to step up and smash the set-piece around the wall and inside 'keeper Roberts' near post. Just like at Boundary Park, the Town players did their new 'Swan' celebration!

Credit to the League Two side - their heads didn't drop following Town's early goal. The Daggers pressed Town back into their own half following the strike, but their array of long throws into the penalty area lacked the necessary quality to properly test the home defenders. The best effort they could muster was Peter Gain's gentle 13th minute lob that drifted onto the top of Smithies' net.

Town were back on the attack soon after, with full-back Peltier going on a determined dribble into the area. The defender tested the custodian with a left-foot drive from the edge of the box that he managed to parry away to safety.

Gary Roberts' skidding long range drive in the 18th minute forced his namesake into more routine action low to his left side - and the winger did even better soon afterwards.

GOAL - Town extended their lead in the 21st minute through a rare headed goal from winger Gary Roberts. The move originated down the left flank, with Williams picking out Pilkington with a header; the winger turned and skinned two defenders down the outside before standing a cross up to the far post, where 'Robbo' rose above the full-back and headed past the stranded 'keeper from close range.

GOAL - The Terriers made it three on the stroke of the 24th minute when Lee Novak netted his third of the season. Pilkington showed real skill down the left, picking up a short pass 30 yards out before using his change of pace to surge into the area; his low drive was pushed away by Roberts, but Novak did what all good strikers should - he followed up to tap the ball into the empty net.

Lee Clark's team could have made it four just five minutes later after Novak picked out Pilkington down the left, but although Collins latched onto his low cross he missed the target with his side-footed effort from fifteen yards out.

Dagenham shot-stopper Roberts then suffered a nightmare moment a minute later when he scuffed a clearance straight to Jordan Rhodes, but the top scorer was foiled by the goalkeeper as he raced in on goal and tried to slide the ball home.

The visitors created a rare chance in the 31st minute when winger Green latched onto a flick-on and got goal side of Robbie Williams, but Smithies saved his shot from an acute angle with an outstretched foot.

Rhodes went close again in the 34th minute when he sauntered unmarked to the front post to connect with a wide free-kick taken by Williams, but he skied his effort into the sparsely populated Pink Link Stand.

A determined run from Roberts down the right a minute later led to a brilliant passing move from the Terriers; the ball was worked infield to Rhodes, who kept the ball moving left to Collins. The midfielder then squared the ball across the box to Novak who placed an effort towards the far post - only for the 'keeper to get a vital fingertip to the ball and push it around the post.

Defender Nurse got a vital touch to a superb Rhodes cross in the 41st minute to deny Roberts a tap-in at the back post and from the resulting corner Peltier planted a firm header straight at the goalkeeper.

GOAL - Town did make it four in the 44th minute, with top scorer Jordan Rhodes netting his 13th goal of the current campaign. Roberts was the instigator of the move on the right flank after being picked out by a superb cross-field pass by Kay - he turned full-back Nurse inside out before slipping a clever reverse pass into the area for the onrushing Collins. The midfielder pulled the ball back to the penalty spot, where Rhodes turned the ball calmly home off the underside of the crossbar.

In the two first half minutes of added time Kay should have made it five, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper from just ten yards after being put through on goal by a fine Roberts pass.


Normal service was resumed just three minutes into the second-half when Williams stung the palms f the Dagenham goalkeeper with a fierce piledriver from 30 yards out.

The Terriers forced a series of corners soon after and one soon led to a fifth goal.

GOAL - Lee Novak scored his second goal of the game in the 55th minute to further extend Town's lead. A Pilkington corner from the left found its way back out to the flank thanks to Michael Collins and from Pilks' measured cross towards the near post, Novak rose unmarked to guide the ball past the stranded goalkeeper with his head from very close range.

SUB - Lee Clark introduced Theo Robinson in the 60th minute in place of two-goal hero Novak.

The lively Green hit a decent snapshot straight at Alex Smithies in the 64th minute, but the England under-19 goalkeeper gathered the ball in at the second attempt.

Town substitute Robinson showed just how dangerous he can be in the 68th minute - after picking up a pass from Roberts wide on the right flank, he drove inside and unleashed a rasping left foot drive that the 'keeper did well to turn away at full stretch.

SUB - Dagenham made their first change soon afterwards, with Tommy Tejan-Sie being replaced by Graeme Montgomery.

GOAL - Gary Robertsmade it 6-0 in the 72nd minute when the Terriers overpowered their League Two visitors with a fluent attacking move once again. The winger received a good cross-field pass from fellow winger Pilks on the right and quickly slid the ball to the overlapping Peltier; his low cross into the box was cleared to the edge of the box, where Robbo calmly placed the ball past the defenders and goalkeeper in the box for his second of the game.

SUB - Tom Clarke completed his return from a knee injury in the next minute, replacing the excellent Kay.

GOAL - Paul Benson scored a consolation for the Daggers in the 75th minute when substitute Montgomery seized upon a poor pass out of the Town defence - he advanced unopposed down the left before sliding the ball across the face of goal for the striker to tap home.

SUB - Lionel Ainsworth replaced the excellent Pilkington in the 77th minute in Town's final change.

SUB - Dagenham boss John Still introduced Wesley Thomas for Josh Scott with nine minutes left.

Substitute Montgomery slapped a shot at the 'keeper soon afterwards before Ainsworth streaked past the full-back and hit a low cross into the six yard box that the 'keeper gathered.


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

Alex Smithies; Robbie Williams, Peter Clarke (c), Nathan Clarke, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Michael Collins, Antony Kay (Tom Clarke 73), Anthony Pilkington (Lionel Ainsworth 77); Lee Novak (Theo Robinson 60), Jordan Rhodes

Unused Substitutes: Matt Glennon, Andy Butler, James Berrett, Danny Drinkwater

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