Huddersfield Town 2-1 Carlisle United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 25/10/2003
After 2 away defeats Town got back to winning ways keeping an excellent home record beating Carlisle United 2-1. The Terries desperately held on for all 3 points against a side that had only picked up one point from the last seven away games and who managed just one win in nine matches.Huddersfield Town 2-1 Carlisle United
The First half Town dominated as Carlisle Sat back and defended and Town pilled on the pressure only the Carlisle keeper Glennon could stop Town going in about 4-0 at the break.

Both sides at half time interval were down to ten men; Steve Yates and Richie Foran were sent off for a fracas in the tunnel. Carlisle?s Richie Forlan started it off by barging into Peter Jackson on the way to the dressing rooms at half time, Yates got involved with Forlan to see what Forlan was playing at and Yates was head butted by Forlan.
The incident was spotted by the forth official, Yates was bleeding from a head wound and both players were sent off in the tunnel the first match I have been to where this has happened
Town never relived the second half, it was a poor second half by Town they struggled to get the form of the first half which Town had 23 goal attempts with only 2 hitting the back of the net. When Carlisle got the goal they put pressure on Town hitting the woodwork twice in the last 10 minutes and saves from Ian Gray stopped Carlisle sneaking a draw or possibly a win. A week on Tuesday its up to Carlisle for the LDV Vans Trophy.

Town were on the attack straight from the kick-off and within 2 minutes a Andy Holdsworth run down the right he tried to cross the ball but it was deflected behind by Darren Kelly. The corner was only cleared as far as the edge of the area by the Carlisle defence, Carrs picked the ball up passed it to Schofield on the left hand side of the penalty area, His cross look to hit an arm of a Carlisle defender the referee waved play on, Carss tried a shot from the edge of the area that went miles wide.

Minutes later Town should have been 1-0 up thanks to Andy Booth but it wasn?t to be. Stead hit a half volley sweet it flew like a rocket hit the inside of the post and rebounded kindly at the feet of Booth from 6 yards out.
Glennon must have saved three attempts by Booth from around 6 yards out, Before Glennon held onto the ball; Booth couldn?t believe he had missed.

On 12 minutes Efe Sodje went into the referee?s book. He fouled Foran on the right hand side with a late cruching tackle, and for arguing with the referee, which resulted into a yellow card. Shaun Smith swung the Free-kick from the left into the box but Tony Carrs cleared with a header.
Kelly then went into the referee?s book for a challenge on Holdworth inside the Town half.

Danny Schofield then tried his luck on goal on 16 minutes. A packed Carlisle penalty area but Schofield tried his luck, Turned on the left hand side of the penalty area and blasted a shot towards goal with his right foot, It took a wicked deflection off a Carlisle defender but the Carlisle keeper Glennon was on hand again to stop Town from scoring saving the ball with his legs.

Carlisle then went on the attack on got there first corner of the game on 22 minutes. Farrell?s cross was blocked by Sodje and out for a corner.
The resulting corner from the right was curled into the area by Smith, a flick on by a Carlisle player found Kelly at the far post. He totally miscued his shot on the volley from six yards out it flew past goal and went out for a Town throw in near the corner flag.

On the half our mark Farrell was booked for a foul on Sodje. Then Ex Town play-off winner in 1995 Chris Billy fouled Holdsworth on the edge of the area. Stead took the resulting free kick and beautifully curled it round the wall but Glennon got down to his left hand post quick enough to turn it round the post.

Sodje made a bizarre back pass to Ian Gray, Gray had to head it clear, Gray did well to head it clear with some Town fans in the Kilner bank clapping for Gray's effort.
Sodje then nearly scored his first goal for the Terriers, which produced another good, save from Ex-Hull keeper Glennon. The cross from Carrs found the head of Sodje from around 12 yards out, Sodje leaped like a salmon, and headed the ball powerfully towards goal heading for the bottom corner but Glennon got down well to his right to turn it round the post.

Town finally got the goal on 36 minutes, Danny Schofield was fouled around 35 yards out. Stead?s quick free kick gave the ball to Schofield; Schofield drove the shot, which hit Booth from 10 yards out. Booth reacted first, quickly and smartly turned his man and drove the shot past Glannon and into the roof of net for his 6th goal of the season.

An Efe Sodje backpass was picked up by Gray, which resulted a free-kick to Carlisle from the edge of the area. The Town wall lined up with Stead getting the left hand post, the indirect free-kick was driven by Kelly but it deflected off Holdsworth and clear to safety.

Ex Town player Chris Billy was booked for dissent minutes later, which resulted in the free-kick, being moving ten yards forward. Stead drove the shot it deflected off a Carlisle defender, Worthington?s follow up rattled the crossbar before a Carlisle defender got it clear

On the stroke of half time Jon Stead got his 11th goal of the season. Stead held the ball well turned his name like he wasn?t there and drove a dipping shot into the bottom left corner as the Carlisle keeper Glennon just stood and watched.
At half time the Terriers 2-0 up

The two sending off at half time affected the game and being accused of robbing its rhythm and Town failed to have the same spark as they did in the first half.

2 minutes into the second half and Lee Fowler was booked for a foul on Carlisle?s Brendan McGill. The free kick from the left 25 yards out taken by Smith only to see it fly over the bar.

5 minutes later Schofield tried another effort on goal. For 30 yards out on the left Danny tried his luck once more and with his crisp shot caught well by Glennon. That shot would have stung his fingers.

Minutes later Booth had a half chance, A good run by Holdsworth his cross found the head of Booth but it flew wide of the post.

Just after the hour mark good passing movement between Schofield and Worthington, Worthington gave the ball to Carrs 30 yards out, Carss drove a powerful shot but unfortunately it went straight to Glennon.

Carlisle sub Wake who had been on the field just a few minutes had Carlisle?s first shot on target from open play, He broke free on the left got to the edge of the area drilled a shot but it was easily saved by Ian Gray.

Stead was unlucky on 70 minutes, He ran with the ball took it himself, stopped and turned and fired a curling shot that was aiming for the left hand top corner only to see it fly inches over the bar.

Town were passing the ball about between each other keeping the ball on the floor and spreading it about the fans cheered as every Town got the ball which resulted in a good cross from the left for the on rushing Holdsworth with his shot from 6 yards out saved by Glannon.

Carlisle got back into the game on 72 minutes and the travelling 501 Carlisle fans were on their feet. An out swinging corner from the left from Smith, which bobbled about in the area before Kelly, lunged in to put the ball in the back of the net from close range with a simple tap in.
Town sat back hoping to hold on to the win.

2 minutes later Carlisle went on the attack again as Town sat back. A cross from the left by Smith found Craig Farrell on the 6-yard area but his header flew over the bar.

Five minutes from time a long ball from the back was nodded down by Stead onto the onrushing Schofield, Schofield hit the ball on the half volley only to see it fly over the bar.

Carlisle should have scored with 4 minutes left. Another out swinging corner from the left by Smith corner caused the Town defence problems, a scramble in the area, which resulted in Farrell?s shot rattling the crossbar for the relief for Town fans from 6 yards out.
The clearance by Town was poor and found Ex Town man Chris Billy waiting on the edge of the area, Billy had time and space to take a shot and with no Town player putting pressure on him, Billy went to place it in Gray?s left hand bottom corner he struck it well but Gray got down quick to tip the ball out for a corner.

With 1 minute left Town?s later attack was saved again by Glennon. Glennon easily held Stead?s left footed shot from 18 yards.

In stoppage time The Terriers luck held out when Smith hit the bar from just yards out. The ball was put out for a Carlisle corner this time Smith drilled it in towards the 6-yard area but McDonagh fouled Jon Stead resulting in a free kick to Town.

Not a brilliant performance by Town but we were lucky to get the three points towards the end. We sat back after Carlisle scored and let them have a go at us.


Huddersfield: Gray, Yates, Clarke, Sodje, Carss, Schofield, Worthington, Holdsworth, Fowler, Stead, Booth. Subs: Holland, Senior, Mirfin, Brown, Mattis.

Carlisle: Glennon, Shelley, Livingstone, Andrews, Kelly, Smith, McGill, Billy, McDonagh, Foran, Farrell. Subs: Rundle, Wake, Byrne, Jack, Lynn.

Referee: B Curson (Leicestershire).


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