Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Doncaster Rovers

Huddersfield Town story posted by Neil Armstead on 09/04/2005
Goals from Pawel Abbott, Andy Booth and Chris Brandon handed Town their fifth win in succession against a seemingly disinterested opposition. Doncaster had managed a single reply from the uninfluential Leo Fortune-West, but Town never looked in serious danger. New left-back Danny Adams made his debut in the blue and white stripes and was impressive throughout the game. Tom Clarke was preffered to Andy Holdsworth and Danny Schofield returned on the right flank in place of Junior Mendes.Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Doncaster Rovers

Town were quickest off the blocks and made the perfect start against their local rivals when top scorer Pawel Abbott headed past Turner from close range after Nathan Clarke had launched a long throw into the danger area. Town continued the pressure, and after 10 minutes of play a strong challenge by Worthington resulted in some neat interplay on the left flank between Schofield and Adams, who sent an outswinging cross towards the 6 yard line where Booth powered a header towards goal which was instinctively saved by the keeper.

Moments later, against the run of play, Fortune-West gathered and held the ball after a slip by Nathan Clarke. Clarke managed to block the strikers' first attempt but could do nothing when Fortune-West turned a drilled the ball into the bottom corner of Rachubka's net from 18 yards out.

Play continued in favour of Town, with a half chance falling to Abbott just a minute after the equaliser, but his shot was blocked. After 19 minutes, Worthington raced clear of the last defender forcing a one on one with the keeper. Worthington took the ball slightly wide and hit a low shot from around 8 yards, but the keeper Turner saved the ball onto the bar and Rovers' defenders were on hand to clear.

After 29 minutes Abbott hit a snapshot from 20 yards which curled just wide of the right hand upright. Following this was the first booking of the day, referee Mark Clattenburg brandishing the yellow card towards Doolan who had brought down Brandon with a late challenge. Town's search for a second goal did not last much longer. Danny Adams again showed his attacking capabilities with a probing ball to the back post where Booth was perfectly placed to head home with too much power for the despairing keeper who managed to deflect it into the roof of the net.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers

The first chance of the half fell to Andy Booth on 48 minutes. Good build up play between Abbott and Schofield resulted in a cross which Booth met only to see Priet block his effort four yards out.

Town increased their lead after 56 minutes after Pawel Abbott, who showed a much greater work rate throughout the game did well to win the ball from Doolan and played a one-two with tricky winger Schofield. Abbott cross the ball low from the left wing which both Booth and Worthington failed to connect with, however the onrushing Brandon smashed the ball home from 18 yards to give himself 5 goals for the season and Town a deserved 2 goal cushion.

Town followed with a couple of good chances to make it 4, when Polish under-21 international Abbott controlled a Schofield cross and with his left foot put the ball over the bar from 6 yards. Pav then turned provider for Booth who failed to connect with the low cross from the right after Abbott had broke. The last chance of the game fell almost half an hour later to Adnan Ahmed, who hit a shot from 30 yards which whistled past the post.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Doncaster Rovers

It was nice to have a good referee for a change, Clattenburg, a Premiership referee, was probably the best we've had all season. Unfortunately he failed to notice several pieces of foul play by Leo Fortune-West on both Clarke brothers, even though the forward was deservedly booked in the 85th minute. The result keeps Town's slim playoff hopes alive. The two star men in today's game were Danny Adams and Tom Clarke. Clarke had a fantastic game marshalling Blundell and Fortune-West at the back, and therefore he was my man of the match.

Huddersfield Town
P Rachubka, D Mirfin, N Clarke, T Clarke, D Adams (90 A Holdsworth) , C Brandon, J Worthington, A Ahmed, D Schofield, A Booth, P Abbott (88 J McAliskey)
Subs: P Senior, L Fowler, J Mendes, J McAliskey, A Holdsworth

Doncaster Rovers
I Turner, D Mulligan, N Fenton, S Foster, N Priet (61 J Maloney) , G Blundell, J Doolan (78 P Green) , R Ravenhill, M McIndoe, L Fortune-West, N Roberts (45 L Guy)
Subs: A Warrington, L Guy, A Rigoglioso, P Green, J Maloney

Ref: M Clattenburg
Att: 12972


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