Brentford 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Neil Armstead on 22/01/2006
Town took another setback yesterday with defeat to promotion rivals Brentford. Two mistakes by two different goalkeepers again raised questions about Town's men between the sticks, and two red cards made for a highly volatile match that saw Lloyd Owusu and DJ Campbell seal the points for the Bees. The win saw Brentford and Town trade league positions, with many of the teams around Town still having a game in hand.Brentford 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town

The Terriers were forced into two changes, with Abbott suspended and Booth injured, Taylor-Fletcher and Hudson both started in a 4-5-1 formation.

After two minutes Town were on the attack, winning a free kick on the flank. Mark Hudson's attempt was deflected wide, and Danny Schofield was left to take the resulting corner which fell to the feet of Chris Brandon. Brandon showed quick feet to turn and cross, but could only find Sam Sodje of Brentford, who duly cleared. Minutes later, a Brentford freekick found the head of Turner, who's placed header was down the throat of keeper Rachubka, who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Just as the game was settling down, it erupted again when Chris Brandon was brought down 20 yards from the Brentford goal. In his frustration, Bees defender Newton kicked out at the prostrate midfielder and was deservedly dismissed by the referee. Chris Brandon was removed from play covered in blood, with a gash in his head requiring 10 stitches. Micheal Collins was brought on to replace the winger.

The atmosphere became extremely tense, and this only spurred Brentford on. 9 minutes after the sending off they were in the lead through Lloyd Owusu. A 25 yard free kick was hit by midfielder O'Connor and appeared to be heading straight for a catch by Paul Rachubka. Unfortunately, Rabs could not hold onto the ball and parried it into the path of DJ Campbell, who sidefooted to Owusu giving the striker an easy tap home.

Brentford continued as if the numbers were equal, and forced the next opportunity. After 39 minutes, Campbell found himself behind the Town defence and racing towards goal. Danny Adams got back to cover and forced Campbell into shooting wide. Soon after, Town mustered an attempt on goal through Micheal Collins, who's effort bobbled along the surface and was well claimed low down by Bankhole.

Half Time
Brentford 1 - 0 Huddersfield Town

An attacking substitution saw McAliskey replace Tom Clarke at half time. Thirty seconds later the numbers were even, as Paul Rachubka was dismissed for bringing down Campbell who was through on goal, outside the area. There appeared to have been some contact on the ball, if only minimal, but Town will have to review the evidence before deciding whether to appeal or not. Phil Senior was introduced at the expense of Micheal Collins.

Schofield began to cause problems down the left. After showing some good quick feet on 55 minutes, he managed to slide the ball back across goal from a wide angle for the onrushing Worthington. Town's captain didn't manage to connect. The game opened up, and Isiah Rankin managed to break down the left and unleash a shot which was blocked by Hudson who had tracked back.

After 76 minutes the game was all but over as Brentford went 2-0 up through DJ Campbell. What looked like a harmless pot shot at goal from over 30 yards out managed to squirm underneath the diving sub keeper Senior. Campbell had another chance moments later, but Senior managed to save.

Full Time
Brentford 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town

A Bankole (72 S Nelson) , K O'Connor, S Sodje, M Turner, A Frampton (53 E Hutchinson) , I Rankin, R Newman, J Tabb, S Tillen, L Owusu (67 P Brooker) , D Campbell
Subs: S Nelson, P Brooker, S Fitzgerald, E Hutchinson, J Mousinho

Huddersfield Town
P Rachubka, A Holdsworth, D Mirfin, N Clarke, D Adams, C Brandon (19 M Collins) , T Clarke (46 J McAliskey) , M Hudson, J Worthington, D Schofield, G Taylor-Fletcher
Subs: J McAliskey, J McCombe, D Smith, P Senior, M Collins

Ref: K Stroud
Att: 7636


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