Huddersfield Town 3-1 Yeovil Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/03/2004
Town soared to forth in the table with a terrific win over promotion chasing Yeovil Town in front of a 9,000+ crowd at the McAlpine Stadium on a cold Tuesday night.Huddersfield Town 3-1 Yeovil Town
A classy double by Danny Schofield and the opener from Preston loan man Pawel Abbott saw off Yeovil to seal a ninth win in 11 outings.
Yeovil?s Darren Way got a consolation goal for the visitors with Phil Senior making a great save tipping Adam Lockwood?s drive over the bar. Town held on and got the revenge for the 2-1 defeat at Yeovil in October.

Abbott opened the scoring on 40 minutes after both sides tried hard to get in front. Abbott?s shot looked somewhat scuffed but showed that striker instinct to get on the end of a Holdsworth knock down from a great Jon Worthington cross and to extend his goal tally to 3 in 3 games.
Abbott showed great work rate and never stopped throughout the match and set up both Danny Schofield?s double, The first just 31 seconds into the second half.
Schofield was at the root threading the ball to Abbott on the right hand side, his cross found the head of inside the box who headed down for Schofield who caught it sweetly on the half volley which looped over Yeovil?s hapless Chris Weale.
Town were in full flow at this point Andy Booth having another good game as him and Abbott caused the Yeovil defence from start to finish with Yeovil making a tactical switch on just 12 minutes when Yeovil boss Gary Johnson replaced Colin Pluck with the giant Hugo Rodrigues.

Schofield took the second of his double with a cool finish when a long 40 yard pass from Efe Sodje to Pawel Abbott on the right wing his one touch pass caught on the run of Danny Schofield who ran into the box and coolly and calmly slotted the ball under Chris Weale and into the net.

Yeovil the finally got into gear and put a lot of pressure on Town in the last 25 minutes. And on 77 minutes Darren Way took advantage of Town defending to deeply he ran with ball from the half way line, dodged a few Town players before then drilling a low and hard shot past Phil Senior from 20 yards out.
Way had earlier saved Yeovil from being 4-0 down when Chris Weale spilled a Andy Booth header which Way cleared off the line which seemed certain a goal.
The Town defence was outstanding but failed to stop Bishop?s free headers and Adam Stansfield found himself clear.

Yeovil could have been 1-0 up early in the first half when a counter attack by Yeovil caught Town out and Bishop was sent away with a threaded ball but he fired the shot straight at Phil Senior who?s positioning and handling bailed out his team mates after being under some criticism lately. Town had Dwayne Mattis in the side his first start for 4 months, Worthington once again working hard in the centre and Danny Schofield caused the Yeovil defence real problems.

Holdsworth and Lloyd working hard down both flanks getting back and forth throughout the match and Andy Booth still won headers against the 6 foot 7 inches Yeovil Rodrigues who nearly put the ball in his own net when a quick free kick by Town wasn?t read by the Town front men but Rodrigues for whatever reason was running back and tried to header the ball clear when the ball was cleary going to the Yeovil keeper but Rodrigues?s header went backwards and just flew past the post lucky for him.

Mattis was taken off on 65 minutes and replaced by Rob Edwards and Lee Fowler replaced Jon Worthington who reportedly injured.
Give credit to Yeovil, I agree with Jacko that they were the best side to come here to the McAlpine so far this season, Yeovil?s Gavin Williams wearing white boots shone with his close control and passing on the left hand side. Yeovil played some good passing football which showed why the are trying for the promotion push too.

Revenge was sweet for Town. Another good and battling performance by Town showed that we can go for an automatic promotion spot and had Oxford and Hull now looking over there shoulders.
Up the Town!
Bring on Oxford on Saturday I say!

Sean?s prediction for next game: Oxford- It will be a tough one, Oxford having not lost at home yet so far the season but after a goalless draw against York on Tuesday night anything is possible. It will be a close one but I?ll go for a 1-0 win to Town!

Town: Senior 8, Sodje 8, Clarke 8, Yates 9, Lloyd 8. Schofield 9, Worthington 8 (Fowler 90), Mattis 7(Edwards 65), Holdsworth 8, Abbott 9*, Booth 9. Subs not used: Rachubka,, Mirfin, Newby

Yeovil: Weale, El Kholti, Lockwood, Pluck(Rodrigues 12), Terry(Lindegaard 48) , Williams, Johnson, Way, Weatherstone, Stansfield, Bishop(Jackson 50). Subs: Gall, Collis,
Attendance: 9,395

Sean?s man of the match: Pawel Abbott


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