Huddersfield Town 1-3 MK Dons

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 25/08/2008
Mk Dons ran riot as Town never got going, a poor display in every department saw MK Dons ran out 3-1 winners at the Galpharm Stadium.Huddersfield Town 1-3 MK Dons
After 3 games Town have only managed to get 2 points from a possible 9 as Town have yet to get a victory in the league.

Manager Ternent put new signings Ian Craney, a £200,000 signing from Accrington Stanley and Liam Dickinson, on a months loan from Derby County, straight into the starting eleven in place of Andy Booth, who was struggling with his fitness, and Jon Worthington.
Neither Craney or Dickinson had a particularly good debuts.

MK Dons were a well organised team and seemed to have a game plan that worked excellently for the Dons. They frustrated Town in the first 15 minutes as Town struggled breaking down the Dons defence. Town lacked a total cutting edge.

The Dons took the lead with just 16 minutes played. Defender Jude Stirling put the Dons ahead, finding space at the back post and punished dyer defending by getting a free header from a Mark Wright corner.

Dons winger Mark Wright was a thorn in Town's side, Wright was at the heart of every Dons attack and it has been no wonder that he has been linked with Championship clubs in the past.

Ternent's men escaped when Sam Baldock rammed a shot against the post but the Dons soon made it two-nil.
A Town attack broke down to easy and they were caught but a astonishing five against one break which lead to Peter Leven having a easy job of knocking the ball past keeper Matt Glennon from a Mark Wright pass.
Town skipper Chris Lucketti went close, a header from a corner was smartly saved by Will Gueret low down to his left.

Town went into the break 2-0 down and with manager Stan Ternent having his work cut out. Ternent made two changes at half time bringing on Booth for Goodwin and Worthington for Michael Flynn, Flynn struggled playing out of position on the left again. It was only when Worthington came on that Town looked a bit better, Worthington giving Town that bite that was badly needed in midfield.

Booth went close from a Andy Holdsworth cross, Booth then had a header saved by Gueret who brilliantly made it a double stop in keeping out Lucketti's follow-up header. Then after more nice work by Holdsworth, Gueret fumbled an effort by Liam Dickinson, who shot on the turn, the keeper grasping the ball at the second attempt.
Town had a penalty claim turned down before the Dons scored another.

Town's keeper Matt Glennon had little chance when Aaron Wilbraham sent in Baldock ahead of Butler to touch in the Dons's third goal as Glennon advanced.
It should have been four on 74 minutes when Leven made an embarrassment of Robbie Williams and the Town defence, sped clear on the right and from his cross Wilbraham planted a free header against the bar with Glennon routed to the spot.

Ternent threw on Keigan Parker with 15 minutes left for Liam Dickinson. Dickinson often looked to be bullied by the strong and organized Dons defence and it was only when Andy Booth came on that Town gave their defence any kind of threat in the air and strength.

It was a mere consolation when Keigan Parker delivered a cross that Stirling mis-judged and the ball ran free for Gary Roberts to tuck the ball into the back of the net with 7 minutes left.

Ternent admitted he picked the wrong team and tactics, he will be looking for a response when Town play Sheffield United in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.

Was a dyer display by Town and it was worse when its in front of a home crowd. No real threat going forward, no creativity, never got going, poor in every department. The league is our priority and luckily there is still a long way to go.

Sean's Star Man - Jon Worthington- Very difficult as I thought no one played particularly well, but if anyone I'm going have to give it Jon Worthington. Showed the bite that Town sorely missed in the first half.


Town: Glennon, Holdsworth, Lucketti, Butler, Williams, Roberts, Goodwin (Booth 46), Cranay, Flynn (Worthington 46), Dickinson (Parker 75), Cadamarteri.

Mk Dons: Gueret, Regan, Stirling, O'Hanalan, Lewington, Wright, Leven, Belson (Navarro 71), Cummings, Wilbraham, Baldock (Johnson 65)

Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorkshire)
Attendance: 13,189


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