Huddersfield Town 2-1 Peterborough United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 29/08/2004
A Crowd of just over 9,000 witnessed at the Galpharm Stadium Town?s second win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Peterborough United.Huddersfield Town 2-1 Peterborough United
Youngster John McAliskey marked his first start of the season by snapping up the goal that ended a lengthy Huddersfield drought in front of the target.
Town had not scored for a total of 376 minutes, but McAliskey set them on the way to win over Peterborough.
Crowd favourite Andy Booth was out through injury so that meant McAliskey got his chance up front with Junior Mendes left on the bench.
The atmosphere was pretty dead at the Galpharm on Saturday but the Galpharm crowd had something to shout about when the opportunity knocked on the door for Town after just 16 minutes.

It was the Terriers? first goal since Pawel Abbott?s last minute winner away at Stockport on the opening day of the season.
Abbott did set up McAliskey?s goal, A fine pass to Edwards from Abbott down the left side of the penalty area, Edwards cross found McAliskey in the box, Macca scuffed his first shot but the drove the ball in low into the net at the second attempt when crowded around by Peterborough defenders.

Midfield grafter Jon Worthington hardly noted for his goal touch later notched the winner on 48 minutes.

This was after Posh had equalized seconds before the break with a controversial penalty by former Sheffield United player Curtis Woodhouse.
Abbott, who retained his place from the Carling Cup defeat at Leeds in midweek, enjoyed his first league start of the campaign.
He produced a busy front-running performance in which he should have added to his account from good chances but had the satisfaction of being critically being involved in both goals.
Abbott had a good chance on around 70 minutes, when a long ball from the back was chased by Abbott who beat 2 Peterborough defenders for pace but scuffed his shot wide of the post.

The game from my point of view wasn?t exactly the most exciting of games both teams were pretty poor but Town were the better side.
Peterborough piled forward when in possession but Peterborough?s finishing in front was goal was awful, a point that was made out by manager Barry Fry at the end of the match.

Peterborough said they should have had a penalty-just before they were awarded one. Chris Brandon was allegedly handed the ball out of play for a corner.
When the corner came in, Efe Sodje was ruled to have tugged Clive Platt?s shirt and Woodhouse who scored two goals against Town when he played for Birmingham which sent Town down to Division 2 in the 2000/01 season converted the penalty past Ian Gray.
The half time whistle was jeered with boos from the Town crowd and the Town players questioning the referee.

In a hectic second half, Posh powered back and were unlucky not to go up 2-1, In a space of seconds, Simon Rea headed against the inside the crossbar luckily for Town in bounced out and not in the net and then a header from a Peterborough player beat Ian Gray but Nathan Clarke headed the ball off the line.

But Town?s finishing was more clinical, Abbott sending Worthington clear to prove ice cool in advancing and drilling his finish past keeper Mark Tyler.
Ugly scenes in time added on, Peter Kennedy was booked for kicking Nat Brown as he held up the ball in the corner flag. The free kick was ran into the corner by Brandon, Kennedy practically mugged Brandon for the ball in which brought on a scuffle and it looked the me as Kennedy had his feet rapped round Brandon?s neck, He should have been sent off but the referee only had words. The referees so far are as bad as the ones we had in the 3rd Division!


Town:- Gray, Mirfin, Clarke, Sodje, Carrs (Fowler 32), Brandon, Worthington, Holdsworth, McAliskey (Brown 82), Abbott
Subs Not Used: Mendes, Senior, Schofield

The Posh: Tyler, Kennedy, Ireland, Rea, Newton, Legg (Farrell 71), Woodhouse, Sonner, Constantine (Clarke 71), Platt, Willock (Jenkins 45)
Subs not used: St Ledger, Thomson

Sean's Man Of The Match:-Nathan Clarke

Referee A Leake (Lancashire)

Attendance: 9531


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