Huddersfield Town 0-0 Gillingham

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/01/2006
Town drew another blank in front of their own fans for the third successive game in another lack lust performance by the Terriers.Huddersfield Town 0-0 Gillingham
Ex-Town striker Ronnie Jepson, now caretaker boss of Gillingham brought his side to the Galpharm and frustrated Town to head back south with a point in which Gillingham have the worst away record in League One.
Since Town got plumed against Chelsea in the FA Cup 3rd Round it seems that it has taken our focus away from the league and Town haven?t scored in front of their own fans since beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 in which Andy Booth grabbed the second goal in which seems a life time ago.

There was a shock on the team sheet before the match as Paul Rachubka was dropped to the bench making way for Phil Senior for his first start since Peterborough United last season. Taylor-Fletcher was playing on the right midfield slot for the suspended Chris Brandon and Pawel Abbott was back up front along side Andy Booth after starting on the bench at Barnsley.

The chances for Town were few and far between, Abbott had his first shot that was ruled out for offside. It was obvious that Gillingham was going for the same tactics against Town that a few other teams have done at the Galpharm this season, in which the opposition plays two banks of fours, keep it tight and hope to catch Town on the break.

The Gills tactics nearly paid off, a quick break down the left on 13 minutes the cross was good but too high for striker Shields unmarked at the back post in which the Town fans breathed a sigh of relief.
Town persisted but Abbott failed to finish in which lately the lad looks short of confidence.

Gillingham?s quick break were catching the Town defenders out but they didn?t have the killer punch to make Town pay in the final third,
Shield broke through but the shot wasn?t troubling Senior in the Town goal and then Town persisted putting the Gillingham goal under attack but lacked that final push for a goal.

As the first half drew to a close, Danny Schofield put the ball into the back of the net only to be ruled out for offside.
Town were having most of the play but just not threatening the visiting team. The best Town effort of the half had seen Abbott direct the ball goalwards only to see the keeper block with his boot. It had been such an entertaining contest that the main features of the half were bookings for two of the Gillingham players.

Second Half:

Town came out a bit more lively in the second half, obviously Jacko had a few things to say at half time to try and pep the team up.
But The Gills had the first shot on start. Gillingham won a free kick just outside the Town area within 5 minutes of the restart. The free kick was well struck but not enough power and was easily caught by Town keeper Phil Senior.

As the game went on Town were putting pressure but just not getting anywhere and Phil Senior?s kicking wasn?t the most accurate often ending up in row z on the John Smith?s stand from a goal kick.

Gillingham were not just letting Town attack and it was Gillingham who had some ideal opportunities to score themselves. Several times Gills players were in great positions but lacked the composure to hit the target. On 61 minutes it took a last ditch tackle by Nathan Clarke to stop Gillingham taking the lead as he slid the ball away from substitute Grant.

The Town fans were beginning to get frustrated, We missed Brandon?s pace and as the match ticked by the Town players tired and on 74 minutes Town brought on John McAliskey in place of the ineffective Pawel Abbott.

As Town fans tried to urge the Terriers to make a final push to sneak a 1-0 victory, Town couldn?t string the passes together and when the Gillingham keeper Brown spilled a Town cross, Andy Booth fired over the bar from 8 yards out when it seemed easier to scored. That summed Town up lately.

On to Chelsea on Saturday in the FA Cup, personally I just want it out of the way to concentrate on the league. New blood is needed a new striker is a must and possibly a midfielder.

Sean?s Star Man: Danny Adams- Another solid performance.

Town: Senior, Holdsworth, McIntosh, N Clarke, Adams, Taylor-Fletcher, Ahmed, Worthington (Collins 90), Abbott (McAliskey 74), Booth.
Subs not used: Rachubka, T Clarke, Young.

Gillingham: Brown, Jackman, Sancho, Johnson, Clohessy, Spiller, Flynn, Crofts, Harris, Fobi-Edusei (Grant), Shields (Hislop).
Subs not used: Crichton, Wallis, Pouton.

Attendance: 11,483

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