"Spineless" Town Lose To Tranmere

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 14/09/2008

After coming behind last week to beat Cheltenham at Whaddon Road 2-1, Town fans expectations were high as Tranmere came to the Galpharm Stadium. Town have two home games on the bounce and Town fans were expecting a surge up the League One table.

How wrong were we as Tranmere outfought the Terriers and went back to Merseyside with all 3 points. Surrendering a 1-0 lead at home is pathetic.

Town boss Stan Ternent was "furious" after the match, calling the team "spineless" and saying "don't blame me blame the players". Who do you blame? Their a team their all in it together so Ternent has to take some of the blame after all he is the manager.

Keigan Parker started up front in place of Phil Jevons, who wasn't even on the bench. He started up front with Liam Dickinson. Michel Flynn was once again playing out of position on the wing in favour of Collins and Craney in centre midfield with Roberts on the right wing.
Danny Cadamarteri was on the bench after news reports said he would be out for the match.

It was Town who started the brightest of the two sides. Ironically. They might have sewn up their first home win of the season in the opening minutes as chances were ruined by Craney, Flynn, Collins and Parker.
On 17th minute Town struck first with help from on-loan Liam Dickinson. A nice build up play by Town ended up winning a foul on the edge of the area. Dickinson stepped up and dispatched a slick free-kick past Coyne in the Tranmere goal.

Half chances came and went, Tranmere were slowly beginning to find their feet, on 37 minutes Coyne's smart point blank save kept out a Nathan Clarke header from a Gary Roberts corner.
Coyne instinctively threw up his hands to touch the ball over the bar but he knew little about it.

Dickinson had sparked the move with a lovely flicked on flicked on pass, both the on-loan striker and Roberts had tested Coyne in the build up to the corner.
But Tranmere made Town pay for the missed chances and were level with 6 minutes to go to the break.

Ian Goodison's long ball was chested down by Chris Greenacre and with the Town defence marking shadows, Edrissa Sonko smashed a 20-yard volley past Town stopper Matt Glennon.

That goal seemed to revitalize Tranmere and after the break they stepped up the tempo and the Town team didn't seem able to cope. Town seemed to loose their shape and went walkabout at set-pieces.

Andy Taylor launched a free-kick from the left and Ryan Shotton wasn't picked up on his run and planted a strong header past Glennon who had no chance.

Town were shocking, lumping the ball forward in hope rather than expectation, that forced Ternent to ring the changes bringing on Worthington, Williams and Cadamarteri in a bid to revive Town.
But it was too little too late as Tranmere looked the better side, wasting good chances, Shotton carved through the Town backline to easily with a pass but Greenacre was blocked by the keeper Glennon.

Flynn might have scored in the dying minutes after failing to make connection with what looked like a header a small child could put away but that was it another home game without a win in front of another 13,000 crowd.

Sean's Star Man - The fans that went down to Cheltenham to see Town's first win. .


Glennon, Holdsworth, Clarke, Lucketti, Unworthy (Williams 53), Flynn, Craney (Cadamarteri 53), Collins, Roberts, Dickinson, Parker (Worthington 60).
Subs not used: Goodwin, Beckett.

Coyne, Shotton, Chorley, Goodison, Taylor, Moore, Kay, Jennings, Sonko, Savage, Greenacre (Curran 80).

Referee: Mr G Lowes (Tyne and Wear)
Attendance: 13,532


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