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21:44 30th December 2011


Town ended 2011 the same way as they started it with a hard fought draw against Carlisle United. The Terriers fell behind in the eighth minute when Francois Zoko skipped past Kay before picking out Liam Noble who slotted calmly past Ian Bennett. Town had to wait for their equaliser and it finally came seven minutes from the end of the first half when Jordan Rhodes slotted past Adam Collin. Town gave it everything in the second-half, with Rhodes going close on two occasions, but despite their best efforts Carlisle held on to gain a hard fought point. Lee Clark made two changes to his side following the 1-0 victory over Chesterfield on Boxing Day. Peter Clarke timely resumed his place in the back four following the departure of Alex Bruce, who was recalled back to his parent club Leeds on Thursday. Elsewhere, Danny Cadamarteri made his first start for the Terriers since March 12 in place of Donal McDermott. The much talked about Jordan Rhodes was the first player from either side to take a shot in anger, but to the delight of the travelling Carlisle fans his 25 yard effort landed amongst them. GOAL - Carlisle had made a good start to the game and in the eighth minute made it count when Liam Noble finished well from Francios Zoko's precise cut back. The visitors had passed the ball around well in the final third during the opening stages of the game and when Zoko skipped past Antony Kay he picked out his central midfielder with great accuracy, who side footed home well from ten yards out. Gary Roberts nearly drew Town level with the next attack of the game when he latched on to Lee Novak's pass, but fired over from an acute angle. Danny Cadamarteri had made a good start to the game and after a neat piece of jinking he drew a foul from Matty Robson. Roberts stood over the free-kick on the right but failed to find a Town head as the visitors cleared their lines well and looked to counter. Carlisle front man Lee Miller was working Peter Clarke and Antony Kay hard and won a foul off the latter in the 23rd minute when he received a push in the back. From the resulting free-kick former Leeds man Lubomir Michalik hammered a shot at goal, which was expertly parried away by Ian Bennett. Two minutes later and the ball was up the other end with Lee Novak testing Adam Collin from an acute angle. Roberts took the resulting corner and swung the ball onto the head of Kay who saw his downward header blocked on the line by former Terrier James Berrett. Cadamarteri picked up the rebound and cut inside his man before arrowing a left footed volley just wide of Carlisle's goal. Town were knocking on the door as the game passed the half hour mark, but were given a warning on two occasions of how dangerous Carlisle could be on the counter attack. Firstly, Berrett displayed his pace and control to sprint past Peter Clarke and into Town's penalty area; luckily for the Terriers he choose not to shoot on his left foot and allowed Clarke the chance to clear the danger well. Clarke was then let off the hook when he under hit his back pass allowing Liam Noble a shot on goal, which he delivered straight down the throat of Benno. GOAL - Town deservedly levelled in the 38th minute when Tommy Miller collected a miss placed Carlisle pass and played in Jordan Rhodes who slotted home his 21st goal of the season. The home side were pressuring high up the field and forced the Carlisle defence into a mistake when they were trying to pass their way out of defence. Miller was the man who reacted first for Town and neatly slid in Rhodes, who rolled the ball confidently past Collin to the delight of the home fans. Rhodes almost doubled his tally a minute later when he half volleyed 'Cads' cross straight at a wall of Carlisle defenders. The striker claimed his goal bound effort was blocked illegally, but his and Novak's claims were waved away by referee Naylor. Town's indecisiveness at the back almost cost them with a minute remaining of the second-half. A long, hopefully ball was played in behind Jack Hunt, who failed to clear the danger and was knocked off the ball by Zoko. The Ivorian winger advanced on Bennett with speed but his shot was straight at Bennett. HALF TIME - TOWN 1 CARLISLE 1 Lee Clark's men started the second-half in a much better fashion to the way that they started the first and almost notched inside the first three minutes when Rhodes fired low for Novak, who saw his front post effort blocked well by Peter Murphy. Adam Collin then came to his team's rescue two minutes later when he saved at point blank range from Novak. The chance was created by the impressive Cadamarteri who skipped past Robson before firing across to Novak who cleverly flicked an effort at goal. Collin was there again in the 52nd minute to save low from Clarke; following excellent work from Town's Captain to skip past three Carlisle defenders on the edge of the area. Lee Novak then tried his luck for the third time in ten minutes, but his long range effort slid wide of Collin's right post. BOOKING - Carlisle's goal scorer Liam Noble received the first caution of the game in the 67th minute following a rash sliding challenge on Peter Clarke. From that free-kick Carlisle counter attacked expertly and when Berrett collected Bennett's poor clearance he raced in on goal, skipping past Clarke, before seeing his low shot blocked superbly by the sliding Gary Naysmith. The rebound fell to Noble, but Bennett redeemed himself by saving smartly with his legs. SUB - Lee Clark made the first change of the game replacing Lee Novak with Alan Lee in the 71st minute. Route one from Town almost rewarded them with the lead in the 76th minute. Bennett's long clearance was glanced on by Lee for Rhodes, who had stolen a march on Michalik and smashed an effort inches wide of Collin's left upright. BOOKING - The Cumbrians Captain Paul Thirwell was the second player to go into the book when he cynically tripped Jack Hunt in the 78th minute. The resulting free-kick caused chaos in the Carlisle box. Firstly, Oscar Gobern spun neatly and chipped a cross on to the bar which Gary Roberts recycled before firing across goal to no avail. SUB - The impressive Danny Cadamarteri was clapped off the field in the 78th minute to be replaced by Scott Arfield. The winger appeared to be struggling with his hamstring. Town were pilling on the pressure with ten minutes remaining and forced Collin into a low save through the unlikely source of Peter Clarke, who hit a low effort from 30 yards out. Clarke then came to Town's rescue in a defensive capacity when he lunged with his left foot to prevent Lee Miller gaining a shooting opportunity at the back post. Jordan Rhodes was handed a glorious opportunity to win the game in the 89th minute when Scott Arfield played him in behind Lubomir Michalik. Rhodes managed to squeeze the ball past Collin, but failed to the hit the target, to the disappointment of the Town fans. FULL TIME - HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 CARLISLE UNITED 1 Town's team (4-4-2): Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Jack Hunt; Danny Cadamarteri (Scott Arfield 78), Tommy Miller, Oscar Gobern, Gary Roberts, Jordan Rhodes, Lee Novak (Alan Lee 71) Unused substitutes: Nick Colgan, Tom Clarke, Jon Parkin Bookings Town: Bookings Carlisle: Liam Noble 67, Paul Thirlwell 78, Gate: 13,962 Away: 634 new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'profile', rpp: 4, interval: 30000, width: 320, height: 320, theme: { shell: { background: '#4087de', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#4087de', links: '#050505' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: false, live: false, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, behavior: 'all' } }).render().setUser('htafcdotcom').start();
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