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MATCH REPORT

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17:06 22nd April 2011

MK DONS 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3

The Terriers extended their unbeaten League run to 22 games with a superbly clinical 3-1 win at promotion-chasing MK Dons. Both sides missed a penalty apiece in an entertaining encounter, lit up by superb goals from Scott Arfield, Lee Peltier and Danny Cadamarteri - with Gary Roberts grabbing all three assists - before Matthias Kouo-Doumbe grabbed a late consolation. Town, in their change strip of red and black stripes, had a superb vocal backing behind them as the game kicked off but the home side had the first shot on target in the second minute when Daniel Powell cut infield from his right flank; however, Ian Bennett was easily able to gather the ball in. In fact the Dons started the game as the better side, forcing Town back into their own half with some slick passing play and Powell's fellow wide man Angelo Balanta had the next effort in the 6th minute; finding space inside the area to head a cross from left back Dean Lewington wide at the back post. Town fought back hard and started to use the pace of Hunt and Afobe to trouble the home side, but that man Powell was at it again in the 10th minute - driving infield on a direct run at Naysmith before stepping inside onto his favoured left and stinging the palms of Bennett with a rasping 20 yard drive. The lively Hunt won Town's first corner down the right in the 14th minute after skipping past the long-serving Lewington, but every Town player made a front post move as Gary Roberts delivered the ball to the back stick. Referee Roger East then gave the Dons a very suspect corner on the Town right in the 21st minute, giving midfielder Peter Leven the chance to swing the ball towards the back post. Giant centre back Gary MacKenzie rose highest to head the ball, but under heavy pressure he could only divert the ball into the Town fans behind the goal. GOAL - Town then scored a superb goal with their first real attack in the 23rd minute through a magnificent Scott Arfield strike. The move originated down the left side, with a ball forward from Naysmith finding the head of Benik Afobe; he headed infield to Gary Roberts, who dummied a shot before laying the ball square to his Scottish teammate. Arfield steadied himself just under 25 yards from goal before powering an unstoppable shot to the 'keeper's left side to put his team ahead. The Terriers tried to capitalize on their momentum by scoring a quick-fire second from a right-sided Roberts corner three minutes after the restart after Hunt had done well, but big Jamie McCombe could only send a deflected header into the hands of custodian David Martin. The Dons then had a golden opportunity to draw level as they won a 28th minute penalty through danger man Powell. The spritely striker turned cleverly inside the area and drew a stray leg from a Town defender, giving set piece specialist Peter Leven the chance to level things up from the spot - but veteran Ian Bennett flung himself brilliantly low to his left side to push the ball away before spring back to his feet to gather the rebound! Dons' midfielder Stephen Gleeson powered a shot way over the bar from the edge of the box soon afterwards as the Town fans sang the name of 'Benno' loudly. Benik Afobe was embroiled in a very physical battle with the giant MacKenzie at the right end of the pitch and was giving as good as he got against the Scotsman, but one strong - but fair - challenge from Lewington just after the half hour mark left the Arsenal loanee in a heap and led to a spell of treatment from physio Dave Buckby. Thankfully, Benik was ok to continue. GOAL - Town doubled their advantage on the stroke of the 35th minute when Lee Peltier scored his first League goal for the Club on his 79th attempt. Striker Afobe - back on the field - won a debated corner down the right, allowing Gary Roberts to deliver another dangerous ball into the area; Peltier climbed above his marker with an incredible leap before powering the header past the goalkeeper from close range to make it 2-0. Goal hero Peltier soon took a knock to what looked like his ankle and required treatment, but the brave defender chose to continue on. The creative Leven then found space in the middle of the park and delivered a chip into the area with pinpoint accuracy onto the head of striker Sam Baldock, but that man Bennett was on hand to acrobatically tip the ball over the crossbar. The resulting corner was only half cleared and when Balanta returned the ball towards goal 'Benno' was needed once more to push the ball to safety. MacKenzie headed another Leven corner well wide at the far post in the four minutes of first half added time but the Terriers easily saw out the half to preserve the two goal lead. HALF-TIME: MK DONS 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 SUB - Town were forced into a substitution during half-time, with Peltier unable to continue due to the knock he took in the first half. Danny Cadamarteri was introduced to the game - 'Cads' took up the right wing position, with Jack Hunt dropping into the vacant right back slot. Both teams were working very hard in the glorious sunshine and the Dons were sticking to their patient passing game despite the two goal deficit. Powell still looked like the man to watch for the home side, with several enterprising early runs causing Naysmith a few problems down the Town left. Town threatened again through a 54th minute corner, but Peter Clarke just missed out at the back post after McCombe had flicked on another superb delivery from Roberts. Balanta and Chadwick both powered very ambitious long range drives high and wide as the Dons searched for a way past the resolute Town defence. Jamie McCombe then got a vital touch on a low ball across the face of goal from Gleeson - diverting the ball away from striker Baldock, who was waiting to tap the ball in at the far post. Powell then collected a knock-down from Baldock in the middle of the pitch before firing a low left foot drive towards goal from 20 yards out, but Bennett was equal to it and smothered the ball low to his left. BOOKING - Gary MacKenzie was then booked for a challenge that gave away a penalty to the Terriers. Gary Roberts seized upon a poor pass from a MK defender before sliding the ball to Afobe, giving the striker a chance to run at the big centre half. Afobe used his pace to skip past the defender, who lunged in and brought down the Town player inside the area. Scott Arfield stepped up to try and convert the ball from 12 yards, but for the second time in the game the goalkeeper prevailed - this time Martin pushed away the ball, before Afobe volleyed the rebound over. SUB - Dons manager Karl Robinson made his first substitution, replacing Luke Chadwick with Keanu Marsh-Brown. The Town supporters felt that a Dons player got away with a handball inside his own area in the 67th minute when Arfield tried to cross into the six yard box, but the referee immediately turned down the appeals. BOOKING - Dons midfielder Peter Leven was rightly shown a yellow card in the 69th minute for a crude challenge on Cadamarteri as he looked to break down the Town right. GOAL - Town made it three from the resulting free-kick, with Danny Cadamarteri fittingly the man to score the goal. Gary Roberts fired a whipped free-kick towards the near post and the former Everton man got the slightest of touches to the ball with his head to divert the ball into the top corner of the goal right in front of the travelling supporters. SUB - MK Dons immediately made their second change, switching Balanta for big striker Jabo Ibehre. SUB - The home side made their final substitution in the 74th minute, with on-loan Leeds midfielder Adam Clayton replacing defender Sean O'Hanlon. The home side maintained their 4-2-3-1 formation with Clayton slotting into midfield, moving Gleeson to right back and Kouo-Doumbe into central defence. Powell was still trying gamely down the Dons right and he used his pace to skip past Naysmith on his way to the dead ball line upon the restart; he slid a low ball to the near post, but Leven could only prod the ball wide from a very acute angle. SUB - Lee Clark made his second substitution in the 76th minute, with Benik Afobe given a superb reception for another afternoon of tireless work. He was replaced in attack by another workhorse in Lee Novak. Baldock put a free header over Bennett's crossbar with 12 minutes remaining from another Leven free-kick after Hunt had fouled an attacker. BOOKING - Danny Cadamarteri was shown Town's first yellow card in the 83rd minute for a seemingly small offence on Lewington by the corner flag in the Dons half. Powell blasted hopefully over the bar late on in an attempt to get his side on the score sheet, but the home fans were already leaving in their droves at that stage. GOAL - The Dons did grab a late goal in the final minute of the game through Matthias Kouo-Doumbe. Lee Novak was forced to concede a corner down the Town right and when Leven played the ball towards the far post, the defender had evaded his marker Kevin Kilbane and planted a firm header past the helpless Ian Bennett. Substitute Keanu Marsh-Brown hit the ball over the crossbar when well positioned in the area in the four minutes of added time. SUB - In the final meaningful action of the game, Town replaced Gary Roberts with Antony Kay. BOOKING - Kay was then booked for a late, late foul in the Dons half. FULL-TIME: MK DONS 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3 Town's Team (4-3-3): Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Lee Peltier (Danny Cadamarteri 46); Kevin Kilbane, Joey Gudjonsson, Scott Arfield; Gary Roberts (Antony Kay 90), Benik Afobe (Lee Novak 76), Jack Hunt Unused Subs: Nick Colgan, Danny Ward, Jordan Rhodes, Alan Lee Town bookings: Danny Cadamarteri (83), Antony Kay (90) MK Dons bookings: Gary MacKenzie (60), Peter Leven (69) Attendance: 11,857  
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