Huddersfield Town 1-4 Scunthorpe United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/09/2005
Top of the league, not lost at the Galpharm in 2005 and Peter Jackson gets the manager of the month and yes you guess it we threw it against the wall.Huddersfield Town 1-4 Scunthorpe United
No passion, no desire, no determination from Town as they were knocked off their perch by newly promoted Scunthorpe United.

A couple of first half howlers handed Scunthorpe an interval lead then the errors were compounded as Town walked into what the Town boss called two sucker punches
A proud unbeaten home record stretching over 15 games back to last December went bang.

Town stuck with 4-4-2 the same side that beat Doncaster on bank holiday Monday, with Taylor-Fletcher partnering Pawel Abbott up front.
Scunthorpe had Peter Beagrie in their side which most Town fans hate and the two danger forwards of former yid Keogh and Billy Sharp who had been recently signed from Sheffield United and scored a few goals already.

The Irons sat back, had 10 men behind the ball and caught us on the break every time with the pace of Sharp, Keogh and Taylor and Town were all over the shop which made it easier for the Irons.
To be fair they had done their homework charging down Abbott and Schofield stopping Town?s affective men.

When Paul Rachubka ?brought down? Billy Sharp, not in a month of Sundays was that a penalty a blatant dive, after just nine minutes and a hint of offside by Sharp and with Rachubka appearing to get to the ball first and with Sharp falling over Rabs, the referee pointed straight to the spot. And after consulting his assistant in front of the Lawrence Batley stand the penalty still stood. The writing was on the wall for Town.
None other than Peter Beagrie stepped up and sent Rachubka the wrong way to put the Irons in the lead, followed by his daft celebrations but still not bad for an old man who can summersault.

Town had most of the possession but couldn?t break Scunthorpe down, Town simply not creating any clear-cut chances. It clearly wasn?t Town?s night when moments before the break Tom Clarke, an England U-19 choice, unluckily stumbled over his clearance to gift Andy Keogh a free run at goal to make it 2-0 to the Irons and which he celebrated in front of the Johns Smiths Stand.

Half time couldn?t come soon enough, Danny Schofield was strangely anonymous while Abbott and Taylor-Fletcher were often crowded out by Scunthorpe?s game plan. All credit to Brian Laws the former Town defender who got his tactics spot on.

In the second half, Jackson must have given them a bollocking as Town tried to come out to salvage something from the game, The final outcome may have been different had Taylor-Fletcher not fluffed a simple chance, which seems easier to score straight after the interval when Roy Musselwhite fumbled Abbott?s shot, Taylor-Fletcher the fired over the bar when it seemed easier to score.

But the only scrap of joy for most of the 14,000 crowd was Abbott?s 66th minute penalty when Chris Brandon was upended by Richard Ryan.
Abbott sent Musslewhite the wrong way to score his 7th goal in eight games.

But 8 minutes later Scunthorpe killed off the game altogether when sub Matt Sparrow flew in to head the rebound when winger Cleveland Taylor rounded off a positive inside run with a rasping shot against the bar.
Nine minutes later salt was rubbed in Town?s wounds, another counter attack by the Irons and a cross from Sharp and Keogh?s head got onto the end of it, his header been spilled into the net by Paul Rachubka.

A dismal performance by Town one of the worst I?ve seen at the Galpharm stadium in a few years but I think we will bounce back from this starting at Oldham next Saturday. And the referee was the worst I?ve ever seen and his assistant doesn?t know what his job description says.


Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, N Clarke, T Clarke, Adams, Brandon, Collins, Worthington, Schofield, Abbott, Taylor-Flecther.
Subs not used: Senior, McCombe, Carrs, McAliskey, Mendes.

Scunthorpe: Musselwhite, Stanton( Byrne 46), Crosby, Hinds, Taylor, Williams, Barraclough, Ryan (Sparrow 67), Beagrie, Keogh (Johnson 88), Sharp.
Subs not used: Capp, Corden.

Referee: C Boyseson (Yorks)


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