Oldham Athletic 4 v 0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Andy Dixon on 28/09/2002
Yorkshire versus Lancashire rivalry produced a hot tempered affair in which Oldham romped to a four goal victory. A shockingly awful performance saw things go from bad to worse as a classy Oldham Athletic handed Town their heaviest defeat of the season. A crowd of just over seven and a half thousand arrived at Boundary Park, believing they had paid to watch a football match but it soon turned into the Clyde Wijnhard show!Oldham Athletic 4 v 0 Huddersfield Town

The former Town striker led an Oldham side which thoroughly dominated a poor Huddersfield Town team. Mick Wadsworth's men seemingly lacked passion, confidence and above all heart against the side he used to manage. As a result, they were completely outplayed all over the pitch by a slick Oldham team which will no doubt finish in the top six, if not top two, places in the league.

The afternoon started terribly for the loyal travelling terrier fans when they could only watch as Wijnhard opened the scoring literally seconds after the kick-off. The Dutch striker turned onto a through ball after holding back an out of sorts Nat Brown and placed his shot in the bottom right-hand corner of the goal. A stretching Scott Bevan had no chance as Wijnhard's shot had the pin-point accuracy that Town strikers have lacked all season.

After four minutes Town looked to be bouncing back as they had their first attack of the half. When an Andy Booth cross looked to be handled in the box by an Oldham defender. However, the referee judged against giving a penalty and from the resultant break Oldham were awarded their first dangerous free-kick of the afternoon. Yet striker David Eyres couldn't capitalise when he struck his shot just over the bar from approximately 25-yards out after the free-kick had been played squarely to him.

After ten minutes Town were being pressed back into their own box and not even determined slide tackling by Chris Holland and Jon Dyson could deter the Oldham attackers. A scramble in the terriers box saw the ball eventually fall to a grateful Wayne Andrews who struck his sweet volley directly into the hands of a busy Scott Bevan.

Three minutes later and Oldham were on the attack again as a confused Town defence failed to clear a ball which fell to Eyres who had his low shot saved well. From Bevan's kick down field Town were on the break and their first shot of the afternoon was hopelessly wide from Jon Stead after 14 minutes of play.

One minute later and Oldham had a corner which lead to their second goal. John Eyre's cross into the box was unconvincingly punched out by Bevan and landed at the feet of David Eyres. His shot from the edge of the box took a horrible deflection in a crowd of Huddersfield defenders which altered the ball's flight so that Bevan could just get his finger tips to the effort, unfortunately this was not enough to push the shot away from the target as the ball landed in the back of the net.

Already two goals down and Danny Schofield attacked through the middle, but his shot from distance was comfortably stopped by Oldham's goalkeeper Leslie Pogliacomi. Seven minutes later and Pogliacomi was in action again as he punched away a Scott McDonald effort which came from a Town corner after referee, Mr D. Pugh had played advantage following an ill-timed tackle on Chris Holland by Wayne Andrews from behind.

Two minutes later and Jon Dyson's diving header clearance from an Oldham corner led to a stretching Holland blast a shot wide after withstanding the pressure of two tall Oldham defenders. Seconds later and Schofield attacked down the right-wing, cut inside and unleashed a shot that went aimlessly wide.

Twenty-seven minutes gone and attention turned to Wijnhard yet again as he was through on goal. One on one with Bevan and destined to score, when Mr Pugh stopped him dead in his tracks as he felt Clyde had fouled Brown after a seemingly fair shoulder to shoulder challenge which saw Town's defender muscled out. Nonetheless, three minutes later and a Carlo Corazzin cross was inches away from Wijnhard's head but was not cleared from danger and a scramble in the box saw Andrews have an attempt which was just wide.

I hope Wadworth was keeping notes on good attacking football as he watched Oldham control the game and produce a number of good opportunities for their strikers. Ten minutes to go in the first half and Tony Carss wasted a free shot after another scrap in a congested Town penalty area. Two minutes later and Andrews had another effort saved by Bevan after some brilliant football which cut through an absent Town midfield.

Bevan made his best save of the match after forty minutes when Oldham executed a perfect short corner routine which ended with an Eyres header being saved with one hand by the diving 'keeper. Seconds after and Eyre had a shot from outside the box which ballooned over the bar and into the stand of disgruntled terriers supporters. Moments later and another corner clearance failed as the ball fell to Andrews who turned sharply and shot inches wide. The last chance of the half also fell to Andrews who shot wide after being pressurised by Kevin Sharp.

The half-time break saw an impressive Oldham leave the field to a standing ovation and a disappointing Town leave with their heads down. Wadsworth's only change saw him introduce the hero and super sub of the Barnsley game, Martin Smith, in place of a tired Jon Stead. Yet, even Smith couldn't stop Oldham's attractive football and after only two minutes of the half they had their first corner. However, Bevan successfully punched the cross away and diverted any danger.

One minute later though and Brown was outpaced by Wijnhard, who was menacingly bearing down on goal when Sharp performed a vital saving tackle to keep the striker from scoring. Two minutes afterwards and Clyde had another chance, this time volleying into the ground, thankfully with enough force for it to bounce over the bar and not into the back of the net.

On 51 minutes Town had their first attack of the half which saw Booth man-handled in the box by Clint Hill, but the push in the back taken by Town's striker was not awarded with the possible penalty it arguably should have received. A minute later and Smith attacked down the left-wing, cut inside and shot wide. Following this saw Kenny Irons play a deep corner to the far post for Danny Schofield to waste a chance by shooting aimlessly wide.

Oldham's third goal and Wijnhard's second of the afternoon (and ninth of the season) was produced by a cross from the right-wing which was headed down into a crowded penalty area for an in form Clyde to pounce. He somehow managed to evade two terriers defenders and skilfully volley the ball into the back of Bevan's goal.

After 64 minutes Brown made another important clearance from a Wijnhard break which led to a McDonald cross which was headed on by Booth to Schofield, but instead of heading towards goal from two yards out, he headed the ball back into the middle only to see another defensive scrap finish in a goal kick, after Booth had arguably been pulled down for a possible penalty by Hill.

A rare spell of Huddersfield pressure followed - but it was too little, too late. Wadsworth strengthened the attack by bringing on former Premiership player Kevin Gallacher for McDonald and moments later Town had their nearest effort of the game. Martin Smith flew down the right wing and crossed to Booth, who rose above two Oldham defenders only to see his excellent header beat 'keeper Pogliacomi only to hit the inside of the post.

A minute later Pogliacomi was in the thick of things again as he saved a Smith shot and also a strong Booth header. Seconds later and Holland had another shot (two in one afternoon!) but it was too wide to concern the 'keeper. This was followed by another wasted Town effort as Schofield missed a good chance.

With Town appearing to be in control and Oldham cruising to victory, the home-side attacked once more. This time they were stopped just outside the box by a foul which saw a resultant free-kick curl beyond a six-man wall for Bevan to punch away. However the defence couldn't properly clear their lines and the ball was lofted back across goal for substitute Lourenco to acrobatically score an overhead kick. Eighty minutes gone and four-nil down, the game was painful to watch as Oldham showed the form which has seen them win every single game they have played in September.
With only seven minutes remaining Town's substitutes combined as Smith crossed from the right for Gallacher to volley on target, but it produced a simple save for Pogliacomi. A minute later and Wijnhard was through on goal and attempting his hat-trick when Bevan charged forward, but fortunately his lob wasn't good enough. The final attack of the game came surprisingly from Town as Sharp crossed to Booth, who headed down for Gallacher, but he miscued his shot, after a good Holland run through the Oldham midfield deserved a lot better finish.

Three consecutive league defeats and the only advice I can give Mick Wadsworth is change your tactics. Under Lou Macari we played some poor football but managed to gain enough good results to get into the play-offs. At the start of this season we played good football but were terribly unlucky. Now we are playing awful football and deserving every defeat we get. Without the hunger and desire of Peter Jackson's Town team we will not improve, and if we don't improve we will definitely get relegated. After this performance Wadsworth has two choices, either change your tactics or grow eyes in the back of your head. I know which option is easiest and it will probably help him avoid the axe better than the other option will!


Bevan (5): Saved a lot of decent Oldham shots but conceded four goals. A different 'keeper may have conceded more, so well done for not making it too embarrassing!

Jenkins (4): No attacks from the captain as he had his hands full at the back, yet didn't prevent Oldham from murdering us.

Sharp (5): Attacked confidently down the left wing but had to concentrate a lot more on defending. Played well but didn't stop the onslaught of Oldham goals.

Brown (3): Very poor after last week's man of the match performance. He was man-to-man marking Wijnhard throughout the game and couldn't prevent him scoring twice.

Dyson (4): Played great last week, but was another disappointing defender who couldn't stop Oldham cruise to victory.

Irons (3): Anonymous in midfield and didn't help his defence stop Oldham's attractive attacking.

Holland (6): Had two shots! Also tackled back well and attacked well. Definitely Town's best player - but there wasn't much competition for him.

McDonald (4): Attacked down both wings but didn't have many chances to impress after rejoining the first team.

Schofield (2): Followed last week's poor display with arguably a worse one! Missed chances and didn't produce anything of note defensively.

Booth (4): Came closest to scoring for Town with a header which hit the post. However, he had no chances in the first half and wasted all his second half opportunities.

Stead (3): Very poor after rejoining the first team. As a result he was substituted at half-time.


Smith (6): Looked lively and very impressive on the wing. Judging by this performance he should be back in the first team against Burnley - fitness permitting.

Gallacher (4): Had a couple of chances and did contribute to a period of rare attacking football from the terriers.

Mattis (2): Added nothing to a dismal midfield after replacing a poor Irons.

Referee rating:

Mr D. Pugh (8): Controlled a potentially difficult Yorkshire versus Lancashire match with a confidence which should see him refereeing at a higher standard soon. Bookings were deserved and he allowed advantage play when appropriate. He was arguably the most impressive 'non-Oldham' man on the pitch.

Man of the Match:

Clyde Wijnhard: Unfortunately not a Town player, however the former Town striker scored twice and was the producer for many of Oldham's attacks. Additionally, he has scored more goals in only eight games than the whole Town team has done after twelve games!


Oldham Athletic:

16. Leslie Pogliacomi, 21. Fitz Hall, 12. Wayne Andrews (OFF 66), 15. Julien Baudet (OFF 80), 29. Clint Hill, 3. Darren Sheridan (OFF 77), 31. Tony Carss, 10. John Eyre, 32. Clyde Wijnhard (2 GOALS), 19. Carlo Corazzin, 28. David Eyres (GOAL) (YELLOW)


13. David Miskelly, 24. Chris Killen, 2. Dean Holden (ON 80), 30. Lourenco (GOAL) (ON 66), 6. Lee Duxbury (ON 77)

Huddersfield Town:

1. Scott Bevan, 2. Steve Jenkins (CAP), 22. Kevin Sharp, 23. Jon Dyson, 8. Kenny Irons (OFF 68), 27. Nat Brown (YELLOW), 6. Chris Holland, 9. Andy Booth, 7. Danny Schofield, 14. Jon Stead (OFF 45), 15. Scott McDonald (OFF 70)


35. Phil Senior31. Paul Macari33. Dwayne Mattis (ON 68)19. Martin Smith (ON 45)12. Kevin Gallacher (ON 70)


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