Huddersfield Town vs Plymouth Argyle

Huddersfield Town story posted by Andy Dixon on 02/02/2003
It's difficult to believe how one result can change so many minds. Before the Cardiff game, a number of terrier fans were probably preparing themselves for a mass protest and demonstration of their thoughts on Mick Wadsworth and the Town board, however the mighty blue and white defeated their Welsh opponents and rather than protesting everyone was celebrating the first win of 2003. Hopefully there will be a second serving of this delicious slice of victory and the Plymouth game will be another game to savour, instead of leaving a nasty aftertaste.Huddersfield Town vs Plymouth Argyle

Without a game at the weekend, due to snowy conditions in Brentford, Wadsworth's men will have had plenty of time to recover from their superhuman efforts against fourth placed Cardiff and hopefully a five figure crowd will witness the terriers' fifth home win of the season this Tuesday night. Anything but victory will not be good enough for the Yorkshire side because if they lose they could fall to the bottom of the table on goal difference.

Nevertheless, manager Wadsworth will not have a full strength side as influential players such as Scott Bevan, Andy Booth, Nathan Clarke and Gareth Evans are unavailable due to a combination of injuries and suspensions. Yet Danny Schofield and Kevin Sharp should be back (if my calculations are correct). Additionally, the Scott Bevan suspension, due to the red card obtained at Crewe, should indicate a home debut for reserve goalkeeper Philip Senior, who finished the game a Crewe in outstanding form by all accounts (even though he conceded their late winner).

While Town took the weekend off, Plymouth achieved a 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers Mansfield Town at home and their last away game was also a solid victory with a 2-0 scoreline at Notts County. The terriers last league game was that excellent and well deserved 1-0 victory over high flying Cardiff, while our last away game was an unlucky 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra.

The first home Tuesday night match of the year and the first since the Worthington Cup clash with Burnley will hopefully be another victory, as the Cardiff game may have sparked the fuse which will rocket Town up the table and away from the chasm which will engulf four division two strugglers and plummet them to the depths of division three. Unfortunately I do not know if Phill reports on Tuesday night games, so another excellent match report may or may not be imminent.

Andy's Prediction:
After predicting that Town would lose 4-0 to Cardiff last time out, I feel as if I should hang my head in shame as I apparently lost confidence in the terriers. However, superstition leads me into predicting a 4-0 win for Plymouth as this may mean Town triumph once more.

Previous Meeting:
Tuesday, 13th August 2002:
Plymouth Argyle 2 vs 1 Huddersfield Town (Division 2 match)

Plymouth's One to Watch:
Paul Wotton
This 25 year-old defender might be a handful if untracked, as proven by his eight goals already this season. A proven dispatcher of set-pieces the Plymouth lad will do anything necessary to get the men in green a victory.

Probable Town Line-up:

[Formation: 4-4-2]
35. Philip Senior (goalkeeper)
2. Steve Jenkins (right-back)
3. Kevin Sharp (left-back)
5. Adie Moses (centre-half)
27. Nat Brown (centre-half)
10. John Thorrington (right midfield)
6. Chris Holland (central midfield)
8. Kenny Irons (central midfield)
14. Jon Stead (centre forward)
19. Martin Smith (centre forward)
7. Danny Schofield (left-midfield)

??. Substitute Goalkeeper
33. Dwayne Mattis (central midfield)
29. Jonathan Worthington (central midfield)
11. Simon Baldry (right midfield)
17. Eddie Youds (centre-half)


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