Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Andy Dixon on 23/01/2003
FA Cup weekend is traditional for 'giant-killing', so Mick Wadsworth will be hoping that the terriers can slay fourth placed Cardiff City at the McAlpine this Saturday. With Town at least six points inside the relegation zone, the loyal terrier fans will hoping for a reverse of the dismal 4-0 defeat suffered at Ninian Park less than a month ago. If there isn't a satisfactory result, the club can expect more angry demonstrations of negative opinion towards Mr Wadsworth after the final whistle.Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City

Following a week of turmoil for the terriers, director Geoff Headey resigned over a rift in the boardroom concerning the future of manager Wadsworth. Former chairman Headey revealed that he quit because Town "should have acted weeks ago to change on-field matters". Obviously, many Town fans feel the same way and have been showing this for weeks with the infamous "Wadsworth Out!" chants.

On top of all that Wadsworth will have a few selection problems due to suspensions and injuries. With Nathan Clarke and Gareth Evans not fit enough to play, Town will probably rely on the defence of Adie Moses and Eddie Youds. Additionally, Danny Schofield will be missing after his red-card in the earlier fixture between these two clubs. Desperate times call for desperate measures and with Town in such a desperate situation it might be time for Wadsworth to change some of his infamous 'strategic errors' into strokes of genius. The only hint I could give him would be to play the defender-come-striker Nat Brown (who showed shades of Ronaldo against Wigan) up front from the start, with local hero Andy Booth coming off the bench for the closing 20 minutes.

Regardless, it would be seemingly impossible for Town to 'relieve Wadsworth of his duties' as the club cannot afford to compensate for his contract. Overall it is a sorry state when Town seem to have to settle for relegation as any contingency plan to survive doesn't appear to exist. Even struggling Cheltenham Town have managed to attract former Wales manager Bobby Gould to their hot-seat in a last minute move to try and ensure the maintenance of Division 2 football at Whaddon Road.

Nevertheless, last Saturday 'the bluebirds' beat Cheltenham 2-1 at home, while their last away game saw them get eliminated from the FA Cup 3-0 at the hands of Coventry City. The terriers last league game was a decent 1-0 defeat away at Crewe Alexandra (where Scott Bevan saw red for the first time in his Huddersfield Town career), while the last McAlpine outing was an awful 1-0 loss to Barry Fry's Peterborough United.

After a couple of tough weeks studying for A-level exams, I will be pleased to once again take my place in the stadium where dreams are made and recently shattered. Harking back to last summer, not many football fans would have predicted that the terriers would be bottom of the division with only 6 points from a possible 39 in the last 13 games at this stage in the season. However, this is reality and preparation for Division 3 may be in the pipeline if Wadsworth's men throw in the towel against our Welsh promotion hopeful counterparts.

Unfortunately, I do not know if Phill will produce another one of his impressive match reports this match.

Andy's Prediction:
In my opinion the concept 'match' does not show the reality of this game. I feel that it will be a football game, but I doubt that our beloved blue and whites will be able to 'match' the Welsh side. All in all I would love to see a boring 1-0 win for Town, but it is more likely to be another 4-0 defeat, especially if they have not improved since the Peterborough game.

Previous Meeting:
Sunday, 29th December 2002:
Cardiff City 4 vs 0 Huddersfield Town (Division 2 match)

Cardiff's One to Watch:
Peter Thorne
This six-foot tall striker has literally been a 'Thorne' in the terriers paw since they entered the third realm of English football. The Manchester born attacker signed for Cardiff last season and scored important goals against Town for both 'the bluebirds' and his former team Stoke City.

Unfortunately their is no 'possible line-up' section this week as my mind has been away from the back-pages this week. Sorry.


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