Bradford City 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 10/10/2005
Town got revenge for last season and took all 3 points to jump up to second spot with a convincing win against arch rivals Bradford City at Valley Parade.Bradford City 1-2 Huddersfield Town
Town dominated for most of the game playing some good football and even when Bradford equalized, Town never gave up and got what they deserved, the better team won on the night.

Town made three changes to the side that drew with Bournemouth, Pawel Abbott was taken ill with a virus and hadn?t been in training for 5 days but made the bench, Danny Schofield picked up an injury in the Bournemouth match but wasn?t fit enough for the match so he was left out of the starting 16. Mark Hudson was back in the team in centre midfield with Tony Carss playing on the left.
David Mirfin back from injury went straight into the starting line-up in place of Tom Clarke, who was dropped to the bench.

Bradford were without their talisman, pork pie himself Dean Windass was suspended in which Andy Cooke, who scored past Town last season partnering a particularly old Steve Claridge, at a grand old age of 39. (I think it?s time to give it up Stevie when you end up at club like Bradford!)

Town started off brightly straight from the kick-off but Bradford has the first shot, a weak effort from Petta, which was straight at Rachubka.
Within seconds Booth raced up the other end of the field but lobbed the ball wide of the post.
Town were clearly up for it.

With 5 minutes played Muirhead ballooned a ball over the bar after good work from Petta and Holdsworth does the same minutes later at the other end.
Town were winning the midfield battle, Worthington and Hudson, scrapping for every ball, winning the 50-50 challenges. The captain Worthington leading by example in the derby.

An ambitious shot from Hudson from 20 yards out flew wide. Good build up by Town and a good long-range pass from Carss to Booth, Booth?s knock down was half volleyed wide by Hudson with the keeper having no chance.

Some good passing play by Town, playing good football like they can and what we have seen already a few times this season.
With 20 minutes gone, Wetherall obstructed Taylor-Fletcher on the left hand corner of the penalty area.
Hudson hit the resulting free kick right footed which could have been a shot-come- cross but it flew into the top corner to draw first blood in the derby in which the away end erupted in delight.

Minutes later Mirfin glanced a header wide from another free kick. Town looked to be in control but left Bradford come back into the game with 15 minutes left of the first half. A needless free-kick on 35 minutes was given away by Town on the edge of the penalty area, Mirfin?s little shove on Cooke seemed to the referee worthy of giving a free-kick.
Petta stepped up and curled a left footed free-kick over the wall and into the net to put the match all square.

Both sides tried to nick a goal before the break but both sides went into the half-time break even and that would be the last of Bradford?s threat.

Second half:

Petta broke through within a minute of the restart, dribbling his through the Town defence but Rachubka swept up the danger, clutching the ball diving at his feet.
Booth then had a firm header saved by Howarth from an Adams cross and then a Holdsworth pass was blocked by a Bradford defender in which the ball spun right in the air and was looking to go over the keeper?s head but unfortunately for the Town fans at Valley Parade and the ones watching it on TV at home, Howarth plucked the ball out of the air back-pedalling.

Claridge sliced a shot wide on 50 minutes after good work and cross by Muirhead, but Carss, missed a glorious chance to put Town in the lead five minutes later.
Taylor-Fletcher skinned Edghill down the left, cut inside the area and put it on a plate for Carss, who blazed the ball over from around 8 yards out, his face said it all

Abbott came off the bench in place of Taylor-Fletcher with half an hour left. Town were winning the midfield battle and looked a threat going forward even without their 2 main men in Abbott and Schofield..
Within five minutes of coming on, a good long field pass by Carss found Abbott who sliced a left foot shot wide. Then Crooks nearly lobbed his own keeper with a header but unfortunately the header was weak and caught by Howarth.

Bradford weren?t really creating any clear cut chances thanks to the Town defence, Clarke and Mirfin solid as a rock in the heart of the defence.
With 15 minutes left, Town won free kick down the right wing near the penalty area. Carss swung the free kick to the back post where Mirfin looped a header onto the roof of the net, so unlucky.

Within minutes of Mirfin?s header, Town were back in front. Schumacher on as a sub, fouled Carss 40 yards from goal. Carrs chipped the ball into the area and after the ball was flicked up into the area, Nathan Clarke superbly overhead kicked the ball goal wards which was glanced off the head of Booth and into the back of the net.
2-1 to the Terriers!!

Tempers were flying a bit, words were exchanged between Adams and Petta.
Petta, to be fair, was a thorn in Town?s side all night but he was a dirty bugger and was finally booked with 5 minutes left with a late challenge on Worthington.

A scrappy affair towards the end of the game and hearts were in Town fans mouths for a few seconds when the ball was sliced in front of the Town goal from a Bradford cross but it was eventually cleared.

Town held out for a deserved victory.

Where they got 4 minutes injury time from I?ll never know. Town fans were chanting ?easy, easy? with the clock ticking away, Revenge is sweet!!

If we can play like that week in week out we?ll have no problem being up at the top by the end of the season. It was an entertaining match and an entertaining performance by Town with the Town players showing desire and passion in what was needed in a local derby.

Sean?s Star Man: Jon Worthington- Went in for every 50-50 challenge, played some good passes and wasn?t afraid to get stuck in. Lead by example!


Bradford: Howarth, Edghill, Wetherall, Bower, Taylor, Muirhead (Emanuel 87), Kearney (Schumacher 65), Crooks, Petta, Claridge, Cooke (Cadamarteri 70).
Subs not used: Holloway, Sanasy.

Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, N Clarke, Mirfin, Adams, Brandon (Collins 88), Worthington, Hudson, Carss, Booth, Taylor-Fletcher (Abbott 61).
Subs not used: Senior, T Clarke, Mendes.

Attendance: 12285
Referee: A Leake.

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