Huddersfield Town 0 v 2 Brentford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Phill Rodgerson on 10/08/2002
Town kicked off the new season with a disappointing defeat; maybe the two postponed friendly games took their toll. Having said that the scoreline didn't really show the true reflection of the game I was viewing.Huddersfield Town 0 v 2 Brentford

Two goals in the first half by Brentford proved a mountain too high to climb. The first goal came from Brentford's Fullarton in the 26th minute when he hit the ball through a ruck of players. The second from Vine in the 39th minute when he hit from close range off the back of some poor marking from the Town defenders. The nearest Town came to scoring was when Scott McDonald hit the bar.

In the second half Town made most of the headway, especially when Town substituted Irons in favour of Mattis with Thorrington taking his favoured position out on the right wing. Town started to buzz even more when the departure of Martin Smith meant the arrival of young Jon Stead. As soon as he was on the pitch he more or less won over the Huddersfield support with his zest and enterprise. He came close to opening his Town account when his header was saved by the Brentford keeper. McDonald also came close with a maizy run, which then led to sparky shot on goal.

In the end it was one of those games where you had the feeling that Town weren't going to score, and so it proved. Positvies out of the game was the debut of Stead, the livewire McDonald and an intelligent display by Sharp at left back.

These are early days for Mick Wadsworth, afterall, Rome wasn't built in a day and so neither are organised, match winning teams. Patience may be the order of the day.

MoM: Scott McDonald


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