Huddersfield Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 28/08/2006
An a 11,000 crowd turned up at the Galpharm Stadium to witness two promotion contenders play out a fair draw in the end but which Town possibly could have won it in the second half.Huddersfield Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest
The attendance was 5,000 short than last season?s fixture between the two sides probably because the Huddersfield Giants were playing in the Challenge Cup final.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher only three weeks ago scored a memorable goal at the Galpharm plus it was the 500,000 league goal but his header on Saturday will be more important than that of three weeks ago.

It earned Town a point against a good Forest side, the first surrendered by Forest in five games which could be a sign that Town can challenge alongside the promotion boys and could really kick start Town?s season.

The only change for the Town since the defeat at home to Mansfield in midweek saw Andy Booth return to partner Luke Beckett up front that meant Pawel Abbott was dropped to the bench.
Forest brought back the five players that they had left out in midweek to the defeat against League Two?s Accrington Stanley.

The first half was well balanced between the two sides but it looked like that Forest might have the cutting edge. Town were having the possession but their attacks broken down by a well-organized Forest defence.

The referee reprimanded a late challenge by Michael Collins on Nicky Southall and Collins was booked. Forest had a tendency to go to ground a rather to easy and sometimes made some hefty challenges.
The linesman with the yellow flag, I don?t know his name, half of the time he didn?t know what he was doing and the Town fans let him know their feelings.

On 34 minutes David Mirfin was ruled to have fouled Forest?s Sammy Clingan on the right wing, The free kick was pumped into the Town crowded penalty area. The Town defenders failed to clear the ball and Grant Holt took advantage and his shot trickled over the line with Matt Glennon rooted to the spot.

It looked like Town couldn?t force their way back into the game, Paul Smith the ?500,000 goalkeeper signed from Southampton in the summer blocked a weak Andy Booth header just before half time.

Peter Jackson must have rallied round at half time as Town came out in the second half and took the bull by the horns.
The players looked more determined when they came out for the second half Taylor-Fletcher came close with a header but Paul Smith looks a good keeper I must admit.
Andy Booth and Luke Beckett were mainly kept quiet through most of the match by the Forest defence, which was well-organized Forest team.

With an hour gone Town had Forest on the back foot but just couldn?t seem to make the break through, Jackson threw on Pawel Abbott for Luke Beckett to see if things could change and as Abbott was running into position Town scored.
Danny Schofield cut inside from the left and hammered a 20 yard shot against the bar with Gary Taylor-Fletcher running in the glance the ball into the back of the net with his head to even things up.

The goal spurred on Town and the Town faithful but Forest held on, Colin Calderwood the Forest manager made substitutions that worked with effect. A draw was a fair result.

Sean?s Star Man- Nathan Clarke- Made up with a solid performance from a disastrous one against Mansfield last week.


Town Glennon, Holdsworth, Clarke, Mirfin, Adams, Taylor-Fletcher (Young 86), Hudson, Collins, Schofield, Booth, Beckett (Abbott 72).
Subs not used: Rachubka, T Clarke, McAliskey.

Forest: Smith, Breckin, Curtis, Cullip, Southall (Morgan 74), Clingan (Harris 77), Perch, Gary Holt, Bennett, Grant Holt, Lester (Thompson 86).
Subs not used: Padula, Pedersen.


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