Huddersfield Town 3-1 MK Dons

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 23/10/2004
After beating league leaders Luton Town 2-1 the previous Saturday and smashing their 100% home record with a Junior Mendes double, Town were beaten 3-1 by Tranmere Rovers only four days before on a cold and wet Tuesday night.Huddersfield Town 3-1 MK Dons
Ian Gray was out with a groin injury which meant Phil Senior was recalled to the starting line-up only for the second time this season, Danny Schofield was on the bench back after a 4-game ban, Dave Mirfin came back into the side as Steve Yates was dropped to the bench and Tony Carrs was back in the side.

A double strike from Pawel Abbott and a screamer from Junior Mendes maintained their golden-touch and sunk struggling MK Dons before half time at the Galpharm Stadium.
Abbott enhanced his distinction as the League One leading marksman taking his tall for the season to 11, while Mendes signed off before heading for his international debut with Montserrat with his sixth goal in as many games with a delightful screamer that the MK Dons keeper Martin was rooted to the spot.
Their slick finishing had scouts from Premiership clubs Spurs, Everton and Middlesborough scouts who were apparently at the game nodding in approval.
The Town strikers were on target in a sparkling spell following a boring opening half an hour.

Only thing that was to mention in the opening half hour was a delightful move involving Brandon, Abbott, Worthington and Mendes that ended with Brandon heading in at the far post only to be ruled out for offside.
But as Town went with a bang, Abbott broke the deadlock on 33 minutes, powering his shot from eight yards out low and hard across MK Dons keeper Martin into the left hand corner after shaking off two defenders after Holdsworth finding freedom to get forward.
Mendes, having sent a shot skidding wide, struck a cracker on 45 minutes, spearing into a back-pedalling defence from deep and giving Martin no chance with a left foot screamer from 25 yards out, 2-0 to Town on 45 minutes.

If the Dons were struggling at the stage, often out played in midfield where Brandon worked hard as usual they went under without trace in added on time in the first half.
Holdsworth tangled with two defenders to lose out on a half chance but as former Bradford defender Garth Edds went down, the Dons defender handled the ball and the referee Clive Oliver awarded a penalty.
Abbott stepped up confidently and dispatched the ball low to Martin?s left sending the keeper the wrong way.

Thought Tony Carrs had a close-in effort that was turned behind by Martin, Town?s impressive approach work went unrewarded in the second half.
Phil Senior again impressed for stand in for the injured Ian Gray, never had a serious shot to save.
But the Dons who made the only breakthrough of the second half when Dons skipper Ben Chorley beat Senior from the spot after Holdsworth was ruled to have handled the ball. I had a ?1.50 bet at 12/1 on Town winning 3-0, which would have won me around ?20 quid but that penalty ruined any chance of getting a bit of beer money for the next weekend.
Izale McLeod who was subbed before the end following an off-the-ball foul on Efe Sodje that should have been a red card but instead the referee gave out a mere yellow card.

The victory pushed Town back into seventh place showing that they have ?bouncbackability? after Tuesday nights defeat against Tranmere Rovers.
Next for Town is a double trip to Bloomfield Road with the league on Saturday and a LDV van second round tie on next Tuesday night.
Blackpool beat Brentford 3-0 at the weekend and have found their feet a little pushing themselves just about the bottom four.

Sean?s Man of the match: Chris Brandon


Town: Senior 7, Holdsworth 7, Clarke 8, Sodje 7, Mirfin 7 (Yates 83), Lloyd 7, Brandon 8 (Schofield 81), Carrs 7, Worthington 7, Mendes 8, Abbott 8 (Booth 81)
Subs not used
Fowler, McAliskey

MK Dons: Martin, Edds (Oyedele 71), Ntimban-Zeh, Palmer, Lewington, Chorley, Kamara, Herve, Tap (Puncheon 63), Small, McLeod (Pacquette 88),
Subs not used
Crooks, Heald

Referee: C Oliver (Northumberland)
Attendance: 10,709


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