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09:55 16th May 2011


Town will head back to Huddersfield with all things square ahead of next Wednesday's Play-Off semi-final second-leg, after battling hard to secure a 1-1 draw.

The Terriers took the lead through an excellent Kevin Kilbane header and when Ian Bennett saved a Danny Ings penalty, matters looked to be going their way. However, in the 60th minute a sweet strike from Donal McDermott had the beating of Bennett and meant the score finished 1-1.

Town, supported by over 1200 fans, started the game kicking from right to left in their famous blue and white stripes.

Lee Clark's major change to his side this afternoon was the introduction of Antony Kay for Jamie McCombe; Kay had not made a League start since March 8 when he came off injured against Rochdale.

The game started in a scrappy fashion with neither side keeping the ball in their possession for more than a minute without giving it away to the opposition.

Despite that, Bournemouth were first to threaten in the sixth minute when Liam Feeney broke away from Kevin Kilbane in the centre of midfield. The winger broke at pace and it took a fantastic sliding tackle from Peter Clarke to prevent the Cherries creating an opening.

The Cherries continued to pressurise the Town defence after Feeney's break; and following a throw-in from the aforementioned, Jason Pearce went close with a looping header.

The Town defence again had to be at its best in the 16th minute when Donal McDermott cut in from his left-flank position and slid past Kevin Kilbane and Joey Gudjonsson. Antony Kay was the only player left between McDermott and the goal, and the former Barnsley man was up for the challenge putting in an excellent block tackle to quell the danger.

GOAL - Town opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Kevin Kilbane rose highest from a Gary Roberts corner to head home from eight yards. Danny Ward won the initial corner when he showed excellent strength to hold off Rhoys Wiggins and induce the tackle. 'Robbo' stood over the ball from the right hand side and delivered the ball perfectly to meet the run of Kilbane, whose inch perfect header nestled into the bottom left of Shwan Jalal's goal. The Irish midfielder's goal was his third in a Town shirt it was also Robert's 14th assist of the season.

The Cherries forced their first effort on goal minutes after Town's opener, when Danny Ings collected the ball inside Ian Bennett's penalty area and turned sharply before firing straight at 'Benno'.

Town's 'keeper was on hand again in the 30th minute when he commanded his penalty area under immense pressure to collect a dangerous Wiggins free-kick.

BOOKING - Ian Bennett was booked in the 34th minute after bringing down Donal McDermott in the area and giving away a penalty to the Cherries. However, Bennett redeemed himself by making his second penalty save in a matter of weeks from Danny Ings' tame effort.

For the first time in the game Town got the ball down and played it neatly in the 38th minute - and as a result created an opening for Roberts. However, the move looked to have broken down moments before Ward managed to nod it down into the path of Roberts' run. The winger showed no hesitation and hammered the ball on the half-volley from all of 30 yards forcing Jalal into a smart save. From the resulting corner the Cherries defence defended solidly and cleared the danger.

A brilliant piece of play from Ings in the 45th minute got the better of Clarke for the first time in the half. Ings' touch turned the ball inside, and into the path of the on rushing Feeney, who had only Kay in-between himself and Bennett. Despite Steve Lovell being very well placed, the winger chose to go alone but failed to hit the target with his wild effort.


The teams entered the pitch for the second half with neither manager having made any substitutions.

Town had the first effort on goal in the second half, when, in the 48th minute, a Lee Peltier pull back made it all the way to his fellow full-back, Gary Naysmith. The left-back met the ball on the full from the edge of the area but failed to keep his effort below Jalal's crossbar.

The Terriers were dominating the early proceedings of the second period and should have doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute. A cross from Peltier on the right drifted over Shaun Cooper and landed at the feet of Benik Afobe. The striker's first touch forced him to lose balance meaning he failed to hit the ball exactly where he wanted and allowed Jalal to make a good save from eight yards.

SUB - Lee Clark was forced to make his first change of the game in the 53rd minute when Lee Peltier was replaced by Jack Hunt; the right-back was holding his hamstring as he left the field of play.

The Cherries first effort of the second half followed soon after Town's substitution when Danny Hollands hit a left-footed strike from 25 yards. Bennett saw the shot earlier and got down well to smother the well hit effort.

GOAL - The Cherries equalised in the 60th minute when the on loan Manchester City winger Donal McDermott hit a brilliant effort from 25 yards to beat the diving Bennett. The winger received the ball unmarked from a poor Town clearance; following a brilliant first touch, he hit the ball sweetly leaving Bennett no chance in Town's goal.

BOOKING - Bournemouth received their first caution of the game in the 71st minute when Anton Robinson went into the book for a deliberate foul on Gary Roberts. From the resulting free-kick Town failed to take any advantage, with the Cherries clearing the ball to safety.

BOOKING - Scott Arfield entered referee Russell's book in the 75th minute for a deliberate tug on Anton Robinson's shirt as he looked to break from midfield.

SUB - Lee Bradbury made his first change of the game in the 77th minute when goalscorer Donal McDermott made way for the Cherries top goalscorer this season, Marc Pugh.

BOOKING - A brilliant break from Town in the 80th minute forced Adam Smith into bringing down Afobe. The on loan Arsenal striker was making his way into the area and was recklessly brought down by Smith. From the resulting free-kick Joey Gudjonsson fired over from 18 yards.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game in the 84th minute when Danny Cadamarteri was introduced to the fray at the expense of Danny Ward.

SUB - The Terriers made their final change of the game in the 87th minute when Benik Afobe, who had run himself into the floor for Town's cause, was replaced by Lee Novak.

SUBS - The Cherries Assistant Manager Steve Fletcher was introduced in the 90th minute for Steve Lovell. Also leaving the field was Danny Ings who was replaced by Ben Williamson.

As the game entered the dying embers it was Bournemouth who were dominating, however, Peter Clarke and his defence were defending gamely and putting their bodies on the line to keep the Cherries out.


Town's team (4-3-3):

Ian Bennett, Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Lee Peltier (Jack Hunt 53); Kevin Kilbane Scott Arfield, Joey Gudjonsson; Danny Ward (Danny Cadamarteri 84), Benik Afobe (Lee Novak 87), Gary Roberts

Substitutes: Nick Colgan, Jamie McCombe, Alan Lee, Jordan Rhodes, Danny Cadamarteri


Town: Bennett 34,

Bournemouth: Robinson 71, Smith 80

Attendance: 9043

Away: 1283

    Data provided by Press Association


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