Huddersfield Town 4-0 Swindon Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 01/05/2005
A nine man Swindon side were crushed by Town in a 4-0 second half demolition after the Robins were rocked by two red cards in a minute just before the break.Huddersfield Town 4-0 Swindon Town
The Town team had changed from the previous 1-0 victory down at Brentford the week previous.
Town had changed to 4-4-2 formation due to changes in the side. Tom Clarke failed a late fitness test but his brother Nathan was back in the defence along side David Mirfin. Andy Holdsworth had his usual right back role with Danny Adams on the opposite flank. Danny Schofield was back in the starting line up in midfield along side Ahmed, Fowler and Brandon. John McCombe was put on the bench despite his good performance last week along with Rob Edwards who looked like to have played his last game for the Terriers.
Swindon didn?t have their leading marksman in the team, Sam Parkin wasn?t even on the bench leaving former Barnsley striker Rory Fallon up front.

The first half was dull to say the least. Neither team really testing the opposition?s keeper. Within two minutes of the game gone Swindon carved open the Town defence, Christian Roberts managed to swing in a cross from the right that found the head of Fallon only to see Rachubka make a good one hand save to stop the visitors from taking the lead.

But Town forced a corner within minutes and Booth was unlucky not to put Town ahead.
The ball came in from the corner and there was a goal scramble in the Swindon penalty area, Booth flicked the ball just over the bar with his foot from around 8 yards out.
Abbott nearly came close to giving Town the lead, A good build up from Town sent Abbott away down the right, and on the bounce at the right hand edge of the penalty area tried to lob Robins? keeper Rhys Evans but luckily for Swindon the ball landed on the roof of the net rather than in the net.

The game was turning into a scrappy affair with players from either side being booked. Grant Smith drove a free kick for Swindon wide from 25 yards out but the game only really sparked into life just before half time.
David Duke was shown a second yellow card when he again clashed with Chris Brandon. With Duke protesting his innocents referee Mr Evans had no problems showing Duke a second yellow before showing him the red.

Within a minute Swindon found themselves down to nine men. Rory Fallon was shown a straight red after he dangerously went with a high boot that caught David Mirfin in the head. With a short scuffle between both Town and Swindon players Fallon was given his marching orders.

Into the second half with the score still 0-0 Town looked not to put any great pressure on nine men Swindon in the first ten minutes of the second half with the Town fans urging their players to run riot.

On 56 minutes, Adnan Ahmed not having one of his good games for Town came so close to breaking the deadlock.
A good pass by Fowler to Ahmed sent his running with ball, as Ahmed advanced to the edge of the area he smashed the ball goalwards, beating in the diving Evans only to see the ball agonisingly smash against the post and deflected out. As Danny Schofield tried to keep the ball in play the ex-Town loan player Ifil brought him down resulting in Schofield having to be taken off.

Junior Mendes replaced the injured Schofield on 61 minutes, But it was Town?s leading goal scorer who broke the deadlock.
Lee Fowler and Ahmed combined to give Abbott a chance he took gleefully from 20 yards out with Evans only helping to push the ball into the far corner. 1-0 to Town.

Town started to play, a good one-two between Booth and Brandon, and the midfielder blasted a 30-yard drive just over the bar.
A cross from the right floated over the head of Swindon keeper Evans and found the head of Adams to head back across goal only to see Hayward clear the danger.
A good link up between Holdsworth and Abbott carved open the Swindon defence, the Polish striker rounded Evans but Swindon recovered well and blocked the effort on goal with landed back in the hands of keeper Evans.

On 79 minutes Town doubled their lead. Good trickery by Brandon near the byline on the right that set up Booth who drove the ball into the net for his 10th goal of the season for the Terriers.

Abbott then took his tally to 27 after a knock down from a Junior Mendes cross, Abbott was waiting at the far post to crash in Town?s 3rd goal of the game.

Danny Adams was replaced with nine minutes left with Rob Edwards who got a standing ovation as he came on off the bench with some Town fans singing ?Theirs only one Robbie Edwards?.
Sure enough Edwards went out on his Town career with a bang as he scored Town?s 4th goal of the game. Edwards, being released by Town at the end of the season, demanded the ball from Abbott and then turned and directed a firm left footed drive in the far corner of the net. 4-0 to Town.

A 13,000 home crowd celebrated a double over Swindon and now still have a slight chance of making the play-offs going into the last game of the season with being unbeaten in eight games winning 7 and drawing 1.
The Town fans gave the players a standing ovation as the players did the lap of honour as they head to Wrexham for the final game of the season.

All eyes will be on Tuesday night when Wrexham play Brentford, If Wrexham win its game on for Town but Wrexham will be fighting to stay up.

Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, Clarke, Mirfin, Adams (Edwards 82), Brandon, Fowler, Ahmed, Schofield (Mendes 61), Booth (McAliskey 79), Abbott.
Subs not used: Senior, McCombe.

Swindon: Evans, Lapham, Heywood, Ifil, Nicholas, Pook, Duke, Igoe, Roberts (Caton 46, Holgate 74), Smith (Wells 46(, Fallon.
Subs not used: Book, Reeves


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