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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:05 25th April 2011

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 DAGENHAM 1

A brace from the recalled Jordan Rhodes was enough to see off a spirited Dagenham and Redbridge side as the Terriers extended their unbeaten League run to 23.

Town started brightly and following a great piece of pressure from Benik Afobe, Jordan Rhodes opened the scoring with a simple tap in. The Daggers then equalised against the run of a play through midfielder Romain Vincelot before Jordan Rhodes sealed his brace with a glancing header. Despite some heavy pressure from John Still's men the Terriers held out and gained three points to keep them in the chase for automatic promotion.

The South Stand was in good voice as referee Ilderton started the game with Town kicking from left to right.

The Terriers started the game at a good tempo with Benik Afobe almost forcing veteran 'keeper Tony Roberts into an early mistake with some good pressure.

Despite that, it was the Daggers who had the first strike on goal - creative midfielder Danny Green took aim from the edge of the area but failed to test Ian Bennett in the fourth minute.

GOAL - Town opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Jordan Rhodes following a great piece of battling from his strike partner Benik Afobe. A long ball from Peter Clarke turned Will Antwi and allowed Benik Afobe to run in behind the centre half and latch onto the ball. Benik came under pressure from Antwi but managed to hold off his attentions and find Rhodes who was unmarked five yards out and rolled the ball home for his 21st goal of the season.

The Terriers were quickly on the hunt for a second goal and almost found it through goalscorer Rhodes. An excellent low cross from Gary Roberts in the 15th minute found the feet of Afobe, who again found his strike partner but on this occasion he was unable to find the target.

A superb cross field ball from Kevin Kilbane in the 21st minute found Femi Ilesanmi wanting at left-back and allowed Jack Hunt to skilful chip the ball over the defenders head. Hunt collected the ball 16 yards and although Roberts was in space the midfielder steadied himself and took an effort on his left-foot which was well saved by Tony Roberts.

GOAL - The Daggers equalised in the 29th minute in controversial circumstances through midfielder Romain Vincelot. Following a five minute break in play to allow Lee Peltier to receive some medical treatment the game restarted with the Daggers on the attack. They pressed forward through Romain Vincelot while Peltier was stranded on the side line unable to resume his position. Vincelot played a neat one-two with John Akinde on the edge of Town's area and fired a shot past Bennett from 18 yards out.

GOAL - Town responded superbly to going behind and in the 33rd minute Jordan Rhodes doubled his and Town's tally with a brilliant glancing header. The Daggers had initially defended Gary Naysmith's cross well but were unable to stop Roberts' follow up effort from the left which found the head of Rhodes perfectly and allowed him to glance home with ease past a hapless Roberts.

As the fourth official indicated a minimum of four minutes of injury time Town were well and truly in the ascendancy. Despite that, the Daggers were defending resolutely and were preventing Town any clear cut openings.

However, minutes later Jordan Rhodes opened them up at the heart of their defence with a superb long ball over the top of Mark Arber. The recipient - Afobe - controlled the ball precisely on his chest but failed to connect sweetly with his left-footed effort and the ball rolled tamely into the arms of the Daggers 'keeper.

HALF TIME - TOWN 2 DAGGERS 1

Town started the second half kicking towards the Fantastic Family Stand and were immediately on the attack through Roberts and Rhodes. An early corner from Gary Roberts fell nicely to Scott Arfield who attempted to repeat his heroics from the MK Dons game - unfortunately for the Scot his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.

The Daggers were struggling to get out of their own half during the opening ten minutes of the second-half. On two occasions Roberts' defence had to make last minute interceptions. Firstly, following a great piece of play from Gary Roberts, Femi Ilesanmi had to nick in ahead of Jack Hunt as he looked to shoot, then moments later, Mark Arber had to show good agility to prevent a Town cross from the right reaching Afobe. From the resulting corner neither side were able to make contact as the ball drifted out for a dead ball.

As the Daggers looked to find a way back into the game they were leaving themselves exposed at the back and almost conceded a third when Roberts broke with intent. The winger beat Antwi before playing in Afobe who dashed for the by-line. The striker neatly beat his man and would have found Hunt with a pull back if it wasn't for a great piece of last minute defending from Peter Gain.

Seconds later the Daggers went up the other end, and following a good ball into the box John Nurse should have done better with a header from 12 yards which failed to test Ian Bennett.

SUB - Town made the first change of the game when Jack Hunt left the field in the 61st minute to be replaced by Icelandic midfielder Joey Gudjonsson

Town continued to try and open up a two goal advantage and went close again when Jamie McCombe rose highest from a Roberts free-kick but failed to find the target.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game when Lee Novak replaced Benik Afobe in the 67th minute.

SUB - The Daggers made their first change of the game in the 70th minute when Danny Green replaced Billy Bingham in the centre of midfield.

The Daggers had a good spell of pressure around the hour mark and were consistently putting the Town back four under pressure with long balls into the box. In the 72nd minute a long kick from 'keeper Tony Roberts caused confusing between McCombe and Clarke and allowed Akinde to steal in and gather the loose ball. Clarke did well to recover and deflect Akinde's shot on to the post but the striker gathered the rebound and was denied from three yards by a brilliant sprawling save from Ian Bennett. The resulting corner was well attacked by the Daggers but at the second attempt Town cleared the loose ball.

SUB - John Still made his second substitution in the 80th minute when Bas Savage came on at the expense of John Nurse.

Town were struggling to contain the Daggers as they went in search of an equaliser and almost succumbed to their pressure in the 81st minute when Peter Gain latched on to a knock down and fired narrowly wide of Bennett's right hand post.

SUB - Town made their last change of the game in the 86th minute when goalscorer Jordan Rhodes was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri.

SUB - Minutes later left-back Femi Ilesanmi was replaced by midfielder Darren Currie as John Still went in search of a valuable equaliser.

The Daggers continued to battle hard and were prevented an equaliser when Ian Bennett pulled off a brilliant diving save in the 89th minute.

Town saw out the four minutes of injury time and gained a valuable three points.

FULL TIME - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 DAGENHAM AND REDBRIDGE 1

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

Ian Bennett, Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Lee Peltier; Gary Roberts, Scott Arfield, Kevin Kilbane, Jack Hunt (Joey Gudjonsson 61); Benik Afobe (Lee Novak 67), Jordan Rhodes (Danny Cadamarteri 86)

Substitutes: Nick Colgan, Antony Kay, Alan Lee, Danny Ward

Bookings:

Town:

Dagenham:

Gate: 14,072

Away: 125

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