Brentford 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 23/04/2005
From villain to hero Paul Rachubka as Huddersfield produced a terrific defensive display to emerge with a sixth win in seven games at Griffin Park in a hostile crowd at Griffin Park on Saturday.Brentford 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Rachubka, at fault for both goals at the Galpharm last Saturday against Colchester that ended in a 2-2 draw in which Rachubka?s mistake cost Town all three points in the dying seconds. Pulled off save after save in the face of red hot pressure and bluted the Bees? sting in the run for the play-offs.

In front of Rachubka was the three young centre backs of Tom Clarke, David Mirfin and John McCombe recently offered a one year extension by Town, In for the injured Nathan Clarke. Anthony Lloyd was back on the bench for the trip to Brentford.
It was a tough encounter for Town, a bruising battle throughout the game and Tom Clarke and Andy Booth both needed stitches. Coins were thrown at Town players and staff reportedly.
Brentford looked odds on to make a breakthrough in the second half after Pawel Abbott scored for Town in the first half, in a second half of an often bad-tempered clash in which there is a bit of history between the two sides.

Isiah Rankin, Jay Tabb, Andy Frampton, Deon Burton and Sam Sodje, brother of ex-Town captain Efe, all went close to saving the game for Brentford.
But the brilliance of Rachubka as he kept his cool in a torrid game which in the second half was basically one-way traffic.

In fact Town made only one serious raid and substitute Danny Schofield might have done better with a cross-shot that whizzed wide after he broke clear of the Brentford defence.
Determined to make the play-offs, the Bees were clearly out not to take prisoners as they went in hard and uncompromisingly. They had Town on the back foot even in the first half yet couldn?t better of a magnificent defence and a performing keeper Paul Rachubka and yet they found themselves trailing at the break.

Again it was the quick thinking Abbott who blunted the Bees? sting.
Lee Fowler caught Darren Pratley in possession, fed the ball on to Adnan Ahmed whose through pass found the Londoners? defence wanting.
Abbott displayed why he is the second top scorer in League One with his predatory craft for his 25th goal of the season as he calmly lobbed keeper Stuart Nelson from the edge of the box.

Through often pressure, the Terriers still engineered promising build-ups and a Booth header almost caught out Nelson, who had to scramble the ball around the post after it bounced off his chest.
Booth finished the first half with a heavily bandaged head, having stitches inserted at half time following a clash with Sodje, who was earlier booked for a fearsome challenge on Tom Clarke who needed stitches in his leg.

All an all a good win for Town. The play-offs not mathematically over but we would need to rely on 4/5 teams above us to start faulting. A very outside chance, a betting man would not bet on Town making the play-offs but for Peter Jackson there is still everything to play for.
With a side so young and coming up last season I think it?s a good achievement that we are going to finish in the top half of the table. I feel next season can only getter better.

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Brentford- Nelson, O?Connor, Turner, Sodje, Frampton, Tabb (Salako 74), Talbot, Pratley, Gayle (Fitzgerald 65), Burton, Rankin.
Subs Not used: Vankole, Myers, Lawrence.

Town- Rachubka, Holdsworth, T Clarke, Mirfin, McCombe, Adams (Brown 86), Brandon, Fowler, Ahmed (Schofield 71), Abbott, Booth.
Subs Not used: Senior, Lloyd, McAliskey.

Referee: Mr P Taylor (Hertfordshire)


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