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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:20 26th February 2011

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 LEYTON ORIENT 2

Town recorded their fourth successive stalemate in the League after conceding a late goal to draw 2-2 against Leyton Orient.

A Jordan Rhodes strike on his return and a Lee Novak goal looked to have given Town all three points; however, two late goals from Harry Kane and Jimmy Smith shared the points.

Town, starting the game in a 4-4-2 formation, welcomed back Jamie McCombe to the heart of the defence after he was struck down with illness before last Tuesday's trip to Greater London; another notable change to the first eleven was the inclusion of Benik Afobe, brought in partner Jordan Rhodes up front.

Huddersfield also included new addition Stephen Jordan, who was signed on a one-month loan deal from Sheffield United.

After picking up an injury during the pre-match warm-up, Danny Cadamarteri was unable to resume his place on the bench, being replaced by Tom Clarke.

GOAL- Town had the best of the early exchanges and capped off a lively start to the game with a well worked goal in just the third minute. After good work in the middle of the Park, Lee Peltier broke away and slipped a terrific ball through to Benik Afobe, who strode away from the O's centre half Ben Chorley to lay the ball back across the box to Jordan Rhodes, who provided an accomplished finish past the Orient 'keeper.

SUB - With 18th minutes on the clock, the O's were dealt a blow when their skipper Stephen Dawson collapsed seemingly innocuously on the half-way line - and was stretchered off, being replaced by the on-loan Harry Kane.

With a piece of enterprising play down the right wing from Jack Hunt on 25 minutes, the full-back skipped past a number of orient defenders and laid the ball on to Kilbane, who fired just over from the edge of the box.

Looking to stamp their mark on the game, Orient's Dean Cox flew down the left wing and whipped in a fizzing ball across Bennett's six-yard area, but no one was there to add the finishing touch for the O's.

On the 28 minute mark, after a needless free-kick was given away by Town on the right wing, Daniels floated the ball in to the back post, where the Burly Jonathan Tehoue went close with a headed effort.

SUB - With 29 minutes gone in the first half, Gary Robert's day was ended early after picking up what looked to be a hamstring injury. The winger left the field to be replaced by Scott Arfield, who moved across to the right wing, with Pilkington filling in for Roberts on the left side.

On 35 minutes another attack almost provided a second Town goal. Kilbane slipped the ball through to the lively Afobe, who caused a malaise in the Orient box after his miss-hit strike was diverted off the line by full-back Andrew Whing - the resulting corner came to nothing.

BOOKING - With seven minutes to go before the halt-time whistle, Orient left-back Charlie Daniels was booked after bringing down Jordan Rhodes on the edge of the box after bursting clear.

BOOKING - Not long after arriving on the pitch, the O's Harry Kane was shown a yellow-carded on 41 minutes for a late challenge on Peter Clark.

With a surprising 4 minutes of stoppage-time being added on to the first 45 minutes, Jack Hunt was the next to go close for Town as he bundled his way passed the Orient defence only to drag the ball low into the arms of the grateful Jamie Jones.

HALF-TIME: TOWN 1 LEYTON ORIENT 0

SUBS - Both teams started the second half with a change each. Orient brought on Spurs loan signing Paul-Jose M'Poku for Jonathan Tehoue, while Town replaced the returning Jordan Rhodes with Lee Novak.

The first chance of the second half came from a cross on the left side from Kilbane. After the Irishman's whipped ball into the box, the O's keeper was forced into an excellent reaction save after a deflection off Scott Arfield.

GOAL - Town began the second half in the same fashion as the first.After flying out of the traps early on, Pilkington picked up the ball and drove down the left-hand side to caress in a precision ball to Lee Novak, who after just four minutes on the pitch, turned in a sublime effort with the outside of his right foot.

Looking to half the deficit, Dean Cox and Andrew Whing combined down the right in the 58th minute for the O's, and despite a rasping cross in to the box, Ian Bennett reacted well to cling on the ball at his near post.

The next chance fell to Town's Anthony Pilkington, who shaped a left footed effort passed the Orient post after a superb knock-down from Lee Novak.

Soon after, Kevin Kilbane unlocked the Orient back-line once again with a lofted ball over to the energetic Lee Novak, who managed to beat the on-rushing Jones with a side-footed volley, only to beat the stoppers' left-hand post in the process.

BOOKING - On 61 minutes Huddersfield received their first yellow card off the afternoon, when Anthony Pilkington was booked for dissent.

After winning a corner, the resulting cross in to the box saw Jamie McCombe loop a tempting header back across the six-yard area, however, after a goal-mouth scramble, Afobe was unable to force the ball over the line

GOAL - With 73 minutes gone, a dangerous cross on the right wing from Orient's Dean Cox was met at the front post by Harry Kane, whose flicked header found its way over the Town goal-line.

RED-CARD - Leyton Orient'sHarry Kane received a second yellow card with just over ten minutes of the game remaining after a foul on Anthony Pilkington.

SUB - On 84 minutes Lee Clark brought on forward Alan Lee for the tireless Benik Afobe.

BOOKING - Jamie McCombe was cautioned in the 87th minute for a foul outside Town's area.

GOAL - From the resulting free kick, a curling Orient cross in to the Town area found Jimmy Smith who rose highest to glance in a fine equalising header in the 88th minute.

Arfield went close to winning it for the Terriers, but his effort on the edge of the O's area went over Jones's bar.

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

Ian Bennett; Stephen Jordan, Jamie McCombe, Peter Clarke (c), Jack Hunt; Gary Roberts (Scott Arfield 29), Kevin Kilbane, Lee Peltier, Anthony Pilkington, Benik Afobe (Alan Lee 84), Jordan Rhodes

Substitutes: Nick Colgan, Joey Gudjonsson, Chris Atkinson, Tom Clarke,

Gate: 13,527

Away: 348

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