Huddersfield Town 3 v 0 Rotherham United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Jonny Helliwell on 09/08/2006
Town started this evening?s clash on the back of a disappointing opening result against Gillingham with one intention, the first three points of the season against a Rotherham side who already have some catching up to do, after a 10 point penalty imposed for going into administration last season.Huddersfield Town 3 v 0 Rotherham United

Town started brightly, with Danny Adams causing the Rotherham defence problems down the left flank, having a dangerous cross cleared to safety.
Seconds later, Brandon had a sight of goal from 18yards, but the effort sailed over the bar.

Rotherham didn?t make the short journey to the Galpharm to just roll over, and after ten minutes created a glorious chance, with Hibbert turning Holdsworth in the box, but blazed his shot high from 12 yards. This sparked Rotherham into life, and an awful Worthington pass led to a chance for the busy Michael Keane, but his effort went wide of the right post, and Town lived to breathe again.

With Town starting to look a little unsure on the ball, with the final pass lacking, a rejuvenated Pawel Abbott jinked into the area, and was brought down by a defender, leading to the referee pointing to the spot. Beckett stepped up and coolly dispatched it to the keeper?s right for his first goal of the season.

Rotherham continued to plug away, however, and were unlucky not to force an equaliser, with the impressive Hibbert having a header cleared off the line by Mark Hudson. Town continued to press forward though, and in first half injury time, an immaculate cross by Adams was stabbed into the net by Abbott from 10 yards.

Half Time: Town 2 Rotherham 0

As is always the case though, Town came out for the second half and looked lethargic, and midfielder Williamson almost scored from 20 yards with barely 30 seconds gone, but his stinging effort flew just wide of Matt Glennon?s right hand post. Seconds later Glennon made the save of the match, tipping the unlucky Hibbert?s powerful header onto the bar.

Town finally woke up and Beckett, on the hunt for his second goal , burst through the Rotherham defence but his effort was poked just wide, and then had to be separated from the Goalkeeper Cutler after an altercation over the keeper?s challenge.

From here though, Town dominated the game, playing some wonderful passes, and using space cleverly. It was the same sort of football that we saw early last season that took us to the top of the league, and it was certainly the best football we have played in months.

But then the real special moment came after 80 minutes, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher scoring an early contender for goal of the season, a fizzing 25 yard volley which left the opposing keeper helpless as it stormed into the far top corner.

Unfortunately, Fletcher?s evening was cut short as he went down injured on the wing late in the game, to be replaced by Danny Schofield. Town fans will be hopeful the injury isn?t too serious for a player who has scored in each of Town?s games this season.

All in all, Town can be very satisfied with the win against a Rotherham side, who will, no doubt feel the scoreline flattered us, but with another game at home on Saturday against Bristol City, the opening day defeat can be forgotten with another three points on the board.

The future looks a lot brighter than it did 4 days ago.

Final Score: Town 3 Rotherham 0

Man of The Match: Pawel Abbott. Seems to be back to his old self. A constant threat.

Ref Watch: Mr J P Robinson. Let the game flow on the whole, and no bookings. A refreshing change 8/10


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