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22:05 15th March 2011


Huddersfield Town recorded another impressive away win to extend their unbeaten League run in 2011 to 16 games thanks to a dramatic extra time goal from skipper Peter Clarke. After a hard, battling encounter where both sides created chances, the Captain stood tall to slam home a late Gary Roberts corner to send the near-700 travelling support into raptures and cement Town's grip on second place. Town, in their blue and white striped shirts with white shorts and socks, got the game underway and had the first attempt at goal inside three minutes. Jordan Rhodes, fresh from his Scotland under-21 call-up, got his head to an early left-sided cross from Gary Roberts but could only float the ball into the hands of Brentford 'keeper Richard Lee. Home centre back Leon Legge pulled off a great saving header to deny Rhodes another chance at goal from a similar Roberts cross two minutes later as Town's left side continued to look potent in the early stages. Rhodes looked in the mood and forced the 'keeper into a good save in the seventh minute. He cleverly pulled off the back of Legge to collect a good forward pass from Scott Arfield before cutting back inside and curling the ball towards the far post with his right foot, forcing Lee to tip the ball over the crossbar at full stretch. The Terriers were working extremely hard out of possession but the home side eventually settled into the game and started to see an even share of the ball as the quarter hour mark approached. Former Millwall striker Gary Alexander had their first shot at goal in the 14th minute after collecting a lobbed pass from Myles Weston, but with the angle narrowing rapidly he could only blast wide under pressure from Jamie McCombe. In the 17th minute forward Lewis Grabban collected a hopeful ball out of defence on the left wing before skipping inside McCombe and shooting low, but Smithies easily watched the ball wide at his near post. His next effort a minute later from 25 yards was better, but still straight at the England under-21 goalkeeper. Kevin Kilbane drove a 25 yard free-kick into the Brentford wall in the 24th minute as the game continued to entertain before right back Nathan Byrne's spectacular long range volley took a deflection and fell into the hands of Smithies barely two minutes later. Peter Clarke then denied Grabban the best chance of the game inside the Town area with a superb challenge in the 27th minute - sliding full length to deflect his shot over the crossbar from around the penalty spot. Home midfielder Adam Reed - on loan from Sunderland - then produced a superb bit of skill to wrong-foot two Town players on the edge of the box before curling the ball inches wide of the far post. Town were still moving the ball neatly through midfield in passages and caused Brentford a few problems through a couple of Gary Roberts corners with ten minutes of the half remaining. By this time Lee Clark had switched the formation slightly, with Arfield moving into a central midfield three and Afobe moving out to the right wing. Left back Craig Woodman flashed a free-kick across the face of goal with two minutes of the half remaining but Grabban could only flick the ball wide. HALF-TIME: BRENTFORD 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 SUB - Town made a change during the interval, with new loan signing Danny Ward making his debut -replacing Jordan Rhodes. This meant a permanent switch to 4-3-3, with Afobe flanked by Ward on the left and Roberts on the right. Immediately Alex Smithies was needed to turn away a snapshot from Weston, but the game soon settled into a pattern once again. Jack Hunt was defending superbly well against Bees danger man Weston, blocking every attempted cross by the pacey wide man. Town forced a corner in the 53rd minute of the game that big Jamie McCombe almost connected with at the near post, but Town kept the ball alive and Gudjonsson powered a typically fierce drive into the visiting fans behind the goal. Stephen Jordan then misjudged the flight of a long ball, allowing winger Byrne to nip in behind him; the midfielder pulled the ball back to Grabban, but his first time scuff fell straight to Smithies. The ball was played quickly to the other end of the pitch by the Terriers and Afobe was caught by the trailing leg of defender Legge in the 56th minute, allowing Town a free-kick right on the edge of the Brentford box. Gary Roberts stepped up, but his low effort drifted inches wide of the 'keeper's right hand post. SUB - Town made their second change in the 59th minute, with Gary Naysmith replacing Stephen Jordan at left back. Brentford had a lot of physical power throughout the core of their team, but the Town players were giving just as good as they got as the game entered its final third. Lee Clark tried something new by switching Roberts to the left and Ward to the right. SUB - Brentford then made a change, with Grabban replaced by Nicholas Bignall in attack. A long throw from the Brentford right then dropped to midfielder Diagouraga on the edge of the box, but the ball bounced too high for him to control his box and the ball flew miles away from its intended target. Icelandic international Gudjonsson then went close with a spectacular overhead kick in the 68th minute. Jack Hunt lobbed the ball into the path of Afobe in the right side of the Brentford boss and when the striker crossed, Gudjonsson diverted the ball just wide of the far post with an athletic bicycle kick. SUB - The final Town substitution followed in the 73rd minute when Afobe was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri. New boy Cadamarteri immediately injected energy into proceedings and linked up well with Roberts down the left just moments after coming on. 'Robbo' passed across the face of the penalty area where Scott Arfield collected, but under heavy pressure he could only curl the ball wide of the target. SUB - Weston and midfielder Adam Reed was replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp and Marcus Bean as Brentford made their final substitutions soon after. Both sides were looking for a winner as the final ten minutes approached and substitute Schlupp fired a snapshot straight at Smithies from close range after a good spell for the home side. A McCombe flick from a long Hunt free-kick into the area dropped just in front of Gary Roberts and into the hands of Lee in the 84th minute before the big defender headed a long throw from Kilbane into the side netting of the near post barely a minute later. GOAL - Town then dramatically scored in the first minute of the added three through skipper Peter Clarke - his 10th in Town colours. Gary Naysmith forced a left sided corner and when Roberts played the ball to the back post, Clarke got in front of his man to head towards goal; the ball dropped to Cadamarteri who shot for goal and when it was cleared from the goal-line everyone was appealing for the goal - apart from Peter, who reacted quickly to slam home the rebound! FULL-TIME: BRENTFORD 0 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 Town's team (4-4-2): Alex Smithies; Stephen Jordan (Gary Naysmith 59), Peter Clarke (c), Jamie McCombe, Jack Hunt; Gary Roberts, Kevin Kilbane, Joey Gudjonsson, Scott Arfield; Jordan Rhodes (Danny Ward 46), Benik Afobe (Danny Cadamarteri 73) Unused Subs: Nick Colgan, Tom Clarke, Alan Lee, Lee Novak Attendance: 4402 Town: 633
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