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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:51 11th December 2010

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBI

Huddersfield Town fans enjoyed a superb afternoon after seeing their side record an impressive 2-1 victory over league-leaders Brighton.

Town began the game the brighter, forcing three corners inside the first five minutes, and the first real chance of the game fell to Gary Roberts, whose strike was deflected over the bar off the head of the sprawling Gary Dicker, after some great work on the right wing from Jordan Rhodes

After yet more Town pressure in the opening 15 minutes, which saw the ball rarely leave the Albion half, the Terriers forced a number of half-chances with Antony Kay volleying over from the edge of the box.

BOOKING: Antony Kay picked up the first yellow-carded of the day on 15 minutes for a late challenge on Liam Bridcutt.

After a high-tempo start, Town were almost made to pay when after a poor clearing header from Jamie McCombe fell to Brighton's on-loan Baggies striker Chris Wood who fired a low strike just past Smithies right post from just outside the area.

The next chance of the game arrived after Damien Johnson's precise cross was met by the towering Jamie McCombe, who saw his powerful header well-gathered by Danish keeper Casper Ankergren.

With 25 minutes gone, Albion began to show some enterprise as they searched for the opener with a couple of crafty pieces of football on the edge of the Town box, but the Terriers were the next to threaten as a long throw by Graham Carey was dropped by Ankergren, causing

On 29 minutes Town were denied what seemed a clear penalty as Joe Garner was upended in the box after Adam El-Abd's clumsy challenge.

BOOKING - The second booking of the game came on the half-hour mark after Inigo Calderon's miss-timed challenge on Graham Carey.

With 10 minutes to go before the interval, Brighton were handed a golden opportunity to put themselves in the driving seat as they were awarded a penalty after Peter Clarke's professional foul on Glenn Murray - being brought down as he burst through on goal.

However, Town were thrown the ultimate lifeline as Alex Smithies reacted quickly to get down and gather Murray's resulting spot-kick.

With half time fast approaching, an ever-improving Brighton managed to fashion a handful of half-chances, with Chris Wood coming close with a header from Albion winger Inigo Calderon's corner - but they were unable to break the deadlock.

With both teams pressing for the opener, possibly the best chance of the game to that point fell to Huddersfield's Anthony Kay, however he was unable to force the ball home after Casper Ankergren parried Joe Garner's Snap shot from the middle of the area.

HALF TIME: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0

SUB - Town were forced to make the first change of the game at the break, as Joey Gudjonsson came on to replace the injured Damien Johnson.

The first chance of the half fell to the lively Chris Wood, Whose controlled volley from Inigo Calderon's whipped cross, was too close to Alex Smithies.

SUB - Liam Ridehalgh came on for the Graham Carey early in second, after already leaving the field of play due to injury.

Chris Wood was again the beneficiary of some clever Brighton play after Elliot Bennett put the forward through on the left-hand side of the box, but he fired against the outside of the post.

GOAL - Having had the lion-share of possession in the opening exchanges of the second half, Brighton's early pressure told on 54 minutes as Elliot Bennett's lofted ball into the box found Glenn Murray, who bundled the ball past the on-rushing Smithies.

GOAL - After conceding the first goal, Town responded in style. After winning a free-kick on the left wing, a superb out-swinging cross from Gary Roberts was met by Jordan Rhodes as he rose above the static Albion defence to power in to the back of the net on 56 minutes.

SUB - The young Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe came on to replace Joe Garner on 59 minutes as Town looked to change to a more offensive emphasis.

SUB - The exciting Chris Wood left the field of play for Ashley Barnes on 66 minutes in tactical change for Albion.

After an action-packed start to the first half, Town looked to have steadied the ship as they pushed their fellow promotion-contenders.

SUB - Former Charlton midfielder Radostin Kishishev was replaced by Jamie Smith soon after.

BOOKING - The Albion Captain Gordon Greer was cautioned for decent after Huddersfield were awarded a foul on the edge of the box - however, the resulting free-kick was driven into the wall by Anthony Pilkington.

BOOKING - Adam El-Abd clinically brought down Jordan Rhodes as Town looked to hit Brighton on the break.

GOAL - After a sustained spell of pressure from the home side, a Town free-kick on the left wing was cleared to the edge of the box where, after a deflected Joey Gudjonsson shot, Jamie McCombe diverted the ball over the line in the six-yard area to give Huddersfield a deserved second against the League-leaders in the final ten minutes.

SUB - Gary Dicker was replaced by on 86 minutes by Fran Sandaza.

Despite an expected late surge from Brighton, Town were able to hold on to the lead and take from the game an extremely well-deserved three points.

FULL TIME: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1

Huddersfield Town (4-4-2):

Alex Smithies; Graham Carey (Liam Ridehalgh 53), Peter Clarke, Jamie McCombe, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Antony Kay, Damien Johnson (Joey Gudjonsson 46), Anthony Pilkington; Jordan Rhodes, Joe Garner (Benik Afobe 59)

Unused Subs: Ian Bennett, Scott Arfield, Alan Lee, Lee Novak

Town Bookings: Antony Kay, Peter Clarke

    Data provided by Press Association

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