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MATCH REPORT

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18:21 17th December 2011

WEDNESDAY 4 HUDDERSFIELD 4

Jordan Rhodes once again grabbed the headlines as he scored four at Hillsborough to earn the Terriers a dramatic draw. Town had earlier took a two goal lead through Rhodes, but went four behind when Rob Jones, Reda Johnson, Ben Marshall and Chris O'Grady all scored. At 4-2 down, Rhodes fired past Bywater in the 79th minute and then grabbed his fourth with virtually the last kick of the game. Lee Clark made five changes for the West Yorkshire derby against fellow promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday. Three changes came in midfield where former Wednesday player Tommy Miller returned and was partnered by Oscar Gobern. On the wing, Gary Roberts replaced Scott Arfield who dropped to the bench. Also starting from the bench was on loan striker Jon Parkin whose place in the starting eleven was taken by Lee Novak. Clark's men started the game confidently and created the first chance in the third minute when Lee Novak swung over a deep cross, which strike partner Jordan Rhodes won in the air but failed to target his downward header onto Stephen Bywater's goal. The same man was in the action again five minutes later when he glanced Tommy Miller's cross wide of Bywater's goal - in what had been an excellent start for the Terriers. GOAL - Town made their excellent start pay in the eleventh minute when Jordan Rhodes grabbed his 14th goal in the League. Gary Roberts had seen a lot of the ball in the opening ten minutes and it was his cross that Rhodes rose highest to plant home. Town did however receive a slice of luck as the ball appeared to strike Reda Johnson before flying past the wrong footed Bywater - that didn't matter to the travelling Terriers though, who were in ecstasy. GOAL - The same pairing of Roberts and Rhodes doubled Town's lead 16 minutes in - and this time it definitely was the Scottish international's goal. The move began through Oscar Gobern who chipped the ball over his head to Novak in the middle of the park. After losing control momentarily, Tommy Miller recycled the play and sent Roberts down the wing. His first time cross was perfect, as was Rhodes' front post run, who thundered a header past the hapless Bywater from six yards. BOOKINGS - Peter Clarke received the first booking of the game in the 21st minute after cynically scything down The Owls on loan frontman Sanchez Watt. David Prutton also received a caution for a late tackle on Tommy Miller earlier in the play. After defending Wednesday's free-kick well Town went straight up the other end and almost made it three when Rhodes curled an effort just wide of The Owl's goal. GOAL - Wednesday hit back in the 26th minute when Ben Marshall got past Danny Ward and chipped a ball onto the head of Rob Jones who planted a header back past Ian Bennett. Ward should have really cleared the ball, but instead allowed Marshall to nip past him and get to the by-line. The on loan wingers cross was pin point for Jones who used his height advantage to put The Owls back in the game. GOAL - The Owls were back on even terms a minute later when Reda Johnson seized upon some poor Town defending to level matters. Ian Bennett had earlier come to the Terriers rescue when he blocked from Chris O'Grady, but when Town failed to clear their lines the ball fell to Johnson who made no mistake from eight yards. The home team almost completed their comeback in the 36th minute, but thankfully for Town, Rob Jones was unable to direct Chris Lines' free-kick on target. As the game entered the dying embers of the first half it was extremely open. At one end Town were attacking through Jack Hunt and then moments later Chris O'Grady was turning Peter Clarke in the penalty box and firing into the side of netting of Benno's goal. BOOKING - As a pulsating half football came to a close Sanchez Watt received the third caution of the game for a late sliding tackle on Alex Bruce. HALF TIME - THE OWLS 2 TOWN 2 SUB - Gary Megson made the first change of the game during the half-time interval replacing Sanchez Watt for Ryan Lowe. The first shot of the second-half came from the surprising source of Gary Naysmith's left-boot. The left-back skipped past two Wednesday players before firing a shot straight at Bywater in the 47th minute. BOOKING - Wednesday's central defender Danny Batth received the first yellow of the half after hauling down Rhodes. BOOKING - Alex Bruce followed Batth quickly into the book after been adjudged to have used his hand to block the ball when one on one with Ryan Lowe in the 53rd minute. Sheffield Wednesday were enjoying the majority of the play as the game ticked past the hour mark, but Town were defending manfully and restricting them to long range efforts. The Terriers second effort of the half came in the 61st minute when Oscar Gobern met a Gary Roberts corner, but his header fell wide. GOAL - The Terriers were behind in the 62nd minute when Ben Marshall got the better of Jack Hunt before curling a low effort past Benno. The on loan winger showed excellent strength and pace to get past Town's right-back before squaring up Bruce and curling a low shot around Ian Bennett, to give his side the lead. Marshall nearly doubled his tally in the 68th minute when he skipped past Bruce and fired a low effort wide of Town's goal. SUB - With twenty minutes remaining, Danny Ward was replaced by Donal McDermott. Donal almost made an immediate impact when he collected Benno's long goalkeeper and fired a cross field pass to Rhodes. The striker cut the ball back for the onrushing Novak, who saw the ball disappear from under his feet thanks to a brilliant sliding tackle from David Prutton. BOOKING - Tommy Miller received a yellow from referee Deadman in the 74th minute after bringing down Marshall. GOAL - From the resulting free-kick Chris Lines fired a ball onto the head of Chris O'Grady who calmly nodded the ball over Benno and into an empty net. Town were caught out by the home side's clever free-kick and paid the ultimate price. GOAL - Jordan Rhodes sealed his hat trick in the 78th minute in superbly clinical fashion to hand Town a lifeline. Gobern and Roberts created the goal with the latter collecting his third assist of the afternoon. It was Roberts' slide rule ball that ran for Rhodes and he fired with great accuracy to leave Bywater with no chance - for the third time in the afternoon. BOOKING - Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe picked up a yellow card in the 79th minute for an act of dissent. Town had Ian Bennett to thank in the 81st minute when he kept them in the game with a fantastic low save to deny Lowe from ten yards. Jose Semedo reacted first to the rebound and was yards away from curling a shot into the bottom corner of Town's goal. SUB - Jon Parkin was introduced to the fray in the 82nd minute at the expense of Lee Novak. BOOKING - Oscar Gobern became the eighth man to receive a yellow card, in a fairly clean game of football, in the 84th minute. SUB - Goalscorer Ben Marshall was replaced with two minutes remaining for defender Julian Bennett for the home team. BOOKING - Jose Semedo was booked for a clumsy looking challenge on Alex Bruce in the second minute of injury time. GOAL - In dramatic circumstances Jordan Rhodes sealed Town's comeback with a brilliant finish to send the Town fans crazy. Peter Clarke was the unlikely assist maker as he slid the ball through for Rhodes who with extreme confidence prodded the ball past Bywater for his fourth. FULL-TIME - SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 4 - 4 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN Town's team (4-4-2): Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Alex Bruce, Jack Hunt; Gary Roberts, Tommy Miller, Oscar Gobern, Danny Ward (Donal McDermott 70); Lee Novak (Jon Parkin 82), Jordan Rhodes Unused substitutes: Nick Colgan, Calum Woods, Scott Arfield Bookings Wednesday: David Prutton 21, Sanchez Watt 45+1, Danny Batth 50, Ryan Lowe 79, Jose Semedo 90+2 Bookings Town: Peter Clarke 21, Alex Bruce 53, Tommy Miller 74, Oscar Gobern 84 Attendance: 28,600 Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.
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