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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:43 19th November 2011

HUDDERSFIELD 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1

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Jordan Rhodes returned from international duty with a bang, scoring a brace on the day to see off Notts County and write Huddersfield Town's name into the record books.

Following an even first half, Jordan Rhodes showed his class in front of goal to put County to the sword with two superb finishes. His first was a header from Jack Hunt's deep cross before he pounced a mistake by Krystian Pearce to curl home from 25 yards.

Splitting those goals was a very controversial decision from referee Drysdale when he showed Alan Lee a straight red after deeming he had elbowed Sam Sodje. However, Town showed great resilience to defend well and hold on despite conceding a late consolation from Neal Bishop.

By avoiding defeat the Terriers became the first side in Football League history to go 43 regular league games unbeaten.

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

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Town Manager Lee Clark made a number of changes to his side for the visit of Notts County. The most notable of those was the inclusion of Jordan Rhodes who returned to the starting line-up after making his debut for the senior Scotland side last weekend.

The game started evenly with both side's showing some neat touches in the opposition's final third. Tommy Miller, who was making his 500th career appearance, started well for the Terriers, producing the neat first time passes which he has become famous for over his career.

A miss placed pass by the Magpies' Julian Kelly in the sixth minute offered Town a chance to test Stuart Nelson from a set-piece. County defended the first corner well; however, when Antony Kay recycled the ball, former Town defender Krystian Pearce did excellently to prevent Alan Lee getting a clear header on goal.

Referee Drysdale was called upon to make a big decision in the 20th minute when Sam Sodje appeared to foul Jordan Rhodes as he attempted a header from four yards. The move started through Jack Hunt who showed good pace to beat Gavin Mahon and then swing a deep cross onto the head of Alan Lee. The big man headed the ball back across goal to strike partner Rhodes who struggled to jump for the ball under pressure from Sodje - which the referee deemed to be fair, to the dismay of the Town fans.

The same defender was then called upon again a minute later when he showed his agility to throw himself in front of a goal bound effort from Rhodes.

The Magpies' response to Town's pressure was impressive and when Pearce lifted the ball over Town's back line Karl Hawley should have done better, but instead slid his effort wide of Ian Bennett's right upright.

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Town's profitable partnership of Scott Arfield and Jack Hunt created another opening for the Terriers just before the half hour mark. The latter of the two, Hunt, received the ball from Scotsman Arfield before swinging in another deep cross, which Alan Lee headed straight at Nelson from 12 yards out.

Superb play from Scottish international Jordan Rhodes in the 38th minute saw him use his pace to escape the attentions of Gavin Mahon and play a deep cross to the back post, which Julian Kelly turned away from danger for a corner. Gary Roberts delivered the ball into the box from the left from the resulting corner, which Alan Lee rose highest for and headed just over Nelson's bar.

An uneventful half of football very nearly ended with Town stealing the lead. Jordan Rhodes' ability to sniff out an opportunity was highlighted when he sprung onto a poor back pass and raced towards Nelson. The Magpies stopper showed good reactions to dive at the feet of Rhodes and was then helped out by Sodje who cleared the danger.

Martin Allen's men had certainly tested the Terriers during the first half; however, good defending from Scott Arfield and Jack Hunt was preventing their main outlet, Ben Burgess getting into the game.

HALF-TIME - TOWN 0 COUNTY 0

GOAL - The members of the Director's Box had barely taken their seats when Jordan Rhodes rose highest at the back stick to plant a Jack Hunt cross back across Nelson and into the far corner of his net. The clock was on 45.25 when Hunt combined with Arfield before swinging in a superb cross for Rhodes, who had drifted off his marker, allowing him time to place a header past a rooted Nelson.

BOOKING - Immediately from the restart Town went on the attack through Alan Lee who was brutally brought down by Sam Sodje who was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.

SUB - Martin Allen made the first change of the game in the 53rd minute when he replaced Jeff Hughes with Ishmel Demontagnac.

The substitute almost made an immediate impact when he received the ball from left-back Alan Sheehan and delivered a low, curling cross behind Clarke and Kay; thankfully for Town Ben Burgess failed to make a clean contact with the ball at the back post, allowing Clarke to clear the danger with his head.

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RED CARD - Alan Lee was showing a very dubious red card on the hour mark, when Sam Sodje went down in a heap following a collision between the pair. The referee appeared to send off Alan off for a swinging arm, but on first look the striker appeared to do very little in the challenge.

SUB - Lee Clark reacted immediately and replaced Gary Roberts with Anton Robinson. The midfielder went onto the right-wing with Scott Arfield moving to the left-wing.

SUB - Sam Sodje appeared to be hurt following the collision with Alan and was subbed straight away with Mike Edwards taking his place.

GOAL - Despite County's man advantage Town doubled their lead in the 65th minute when Jordan Rhodes jumped on Pearce's slip when in possession and raced clear. The striker steadied himself before expertly curling the ball past Nelson from 25 yards.

SUB - Veteran striker Lee Hughes was then introduced by Martin Allen for the hardworking Karl Hawley.

BOOKING - Jack Hunt received a caution in the 69th minute for a cynical challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac.

Town's nine outfield men were working hard to close down the extra space the Magpies were having and were doing superbly to limit them to only long range efforts.

SUB - Lee Clark made his second change of the game in the 84th minute when Town's goal scoring hero Jordan Rhodes was replaced by Lee Novak.

Despite the Magpies consistent pressure, Town looked the more likely to score on the counter. In the 86th minute Arfield showed excellent feet to weave his way past Kelly and into County's box; the Scotsman was ready to pull the trigger with his left foot, but was brilliantly intervened by the covering Gavin Mahon.

GOAL - County's pressure eventually told in the third minute of injury time when Neal Bishop turned sharply and fired home. Thankfully for Town when they restarted the game the referee blew for the finish whistle.

FULL TIME - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1

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

Ian Bennett; Calum Woods, Antony Kay, Peter Clarke (c), Jack Hunt; Gary Roberts (Anton Robinson 61), Damien Johnson, Tommy Miller, Scott Arfield, Alan Lee, Jordan Rhodes (Lee Novak 84)

Unused substitutes:

Nick Colgan, Liam Cooper, Danny Ward

Bookings:

Town - Jack Hunt 69

County - Sam Sodje 47,

Red card:

Town - Alan Lee 61,

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Away: 962

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