Town Suffer Defeat At Millwall

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 31/08/2008
Winless Huddersfield Town were left rooted at the bottom of League One after a 2-1 defeat by Millwall in a hot humid day down in South London.Town Suffer Defeat At Millwall
A dramatic game in which saw Town take the lead only to throw it away in the second half and when a lifeline to rescue a point at the death Town missed a penalty.
Some reports are saying that manager Stan Ternent has had to defend his job god only knows why after just 4 games.

No Andy Booth or Andy Butler, both ruled out injured, Robbie Williams was "apparently" injured with David Unsworth taking up the left back slot. Luke Beckett was dropped altogether, not even on the bench after playing against Sheffield United on Tuesday night. Rumours are that he's off to that lot that lot that play at Valley Parade. Jim Goodwin was also dropped. It just hasn't worked out at Town for Luke Beckett which is a shame as he is a proven goalscorer. Liam Dickinson and Ian Craney came back into the side that played a 4-5-1 formation with Dickinson as the lone front man and Danny Cadamarteri out wide.

The Lions dominated for large parts of the match but down looked steady in the first 30 minutes. Roberts had a free kick tipped wide by keeper Forde, Cadamarteri fired wide after a long throw from Clarke.
Clarke was instrumental in Town going ahead on 18 minutes. His long throw from the left was partly cleared by Millwall captain Paul Robinson, Dickinson capitalized and smashed a excellent overhead kick past the Millwall keeper to put Town in front.

Millwall upped the tempo after going behind, on-loan winger Karl Moore from Manchester City was a handful for the Town defence with his pace and trickery. They eventually cracked Town on 37 minutes when Chris Hackett delivered from the right and Kandol got above Lucketti to guide a header past the stranded Matt Glennon.

Town tried to fight back straight after, Dickinson headed straight at Forde from an Unsworth cross and minutes later midfielder Michael Flynn went close.
Millwall could have snatched the lead just second before the break but Clarke managed to block the shot from striker Neil Harris.

In the second half Dickinson was slow to react in the six yard box in a spell in which Town won three straight corners. The Lions soon quickly regained the command and it proved a struggle for Town who had 3 players booked.

Millwall winger Lewis Grabban seemed to prove the difference in the second half, cutting through the Town defence like knife through butter. He set up on-loan Tresor Kandol with a goal-bound shot that was blocked for a corner, and eventually Millwall took the lead and what proved to be the winner.
Neat link up play by Kandol and Harris left the Town defence in disarray and Grabban guided the ball into the net with 62 minutes gone.

Keigan Parker, who earlier had come on to replace the injured Danny Cadamarteri on 22 minutes was subbed with Phil Jevons in the Town attack, Millwall looked the more hungry of the two sides and could have made it 3 if Craig's header was on target.

The Lions should have made it 3 with 5 minutes left, the Town defence again opened up easier than a tin of beans and Neil Harris beat Town keeper Matt Glennon from a tight angle only to see his shot hit the post.

Then with 90 minutes gone on the clock, Michael Collins on as a sub, burst into the penalty area and was brought down by Craig to give Town a lifeline to bring home a point. David Unsworth stepped up but the veteran went for power and blasted the ball straight at keeper Forde.

I feel sorry for those 488 Town fans who travelled down to Millwall.

Sean's Star Man - those 488 travelling Town fans that went to Millwall.


Millwall: Forde, Frampton, Craig, Robinson, Whitbread, Abdou, Harris, Hackett, Moore, Grabban, Kandol.
Subs: Edwards, Spiller, Brkovic, Martin, Fuseini.

Town: Glennon, Holdsworth, Clarke (N), Lucketti, Unsworth, Roberts, Worthington (Collins 60), Craney, Flynn, Cadamarteri (Parker 20 (Jevons 69), Dickinson.
Subs not used: Smithies, Clarke (T).

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire)
Attendance: 7,513


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