Match Report: Leicester City 4-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 26/01/2009
The League One leaders Leicester City opened up a 9 point gap in the table and sent Town down to 10th in the league after a 4-2 win over the battling Terriers.Match Report: Leicester City 4-2 Huddersfield Town
Concentration cost Town dear after twice leading the Terriers gave away four sloppy goals. Strikers Phil Jevons and Keigan Parker both scored goals that were worthy of the Premiership it's a shame Town couldn't come away with a win or a draw in which top scorer Gary Roberts was sent off 2 minutes from time showing dissent to the referee.

New signings Dominik Werling, Anthony Pilkington and Lionel Ainsworth weren't in the starting 16 in which boss Lee Clark decided to stick with the same 11 that beat Swindon Town 2-1 the previous weekend.

Town started brightly, both Roberts and ex-Leicester man Danny Cadamarteri causing problems down the flanks, a Cadamarteri cross was headed just wide by Roberts after only four minutes.
But Town took the lead on just 6 minutes with a superb goal by Phil Jevons. A Gary Roberts corner was headed back across by Nathan Clarke and with 10 yards out Jevons connected with a tasty overhead kick that smashed into the back of the net sending the 3,202 Town fans into rapture.

But the Foxes equalized within 5 minutes, after a free-kick was fired in Town failed to clear and when Bruno Berner fired a deflected shot it fell kindly for defender Michael Morrison who stabbed home from close range.
Within minutes Town were caught napping again, top scorer Matty Fryatt laid the ball across the goal but on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley failed to connect when it seemed easier to score.

Town gave as good as they got in the first half, goalkeeper Alex Smithies was tested with a Steve Howard header and a Lloyd Dyer shot that he comfortably dealt with.
The Leicester defence seemed a bit shaky in the first half, wingers Cadamarteri and Roberts causing problem with Foxes defender Kerrea Gilbert having a torrid time against the in-form Roberts.
Robbie Williams was unlucky not to score with a superbly struck 25 yard shot that was matched by the save from keeper David Martin when it seemed the ball was heading for the top corner.

Town got off to a dream start in the second half scoring 6 minutes into the half, having missed a chance created in the first half by Michael Collins, Keigan Parker more than made up for it. Receiving the ball on the edge of the Leicester penalty area, Parker turned his man and struck a fantastic curling shot into the top corner that gave Martin no chance in the Leicester goal.

But then it all caved in for the Terriers, just minutes later, Town failed to clear a free-kick and deal with Steve Howard. The big striker was able to head across goal allowing swiss full-back Berner to nod in from close range.
It seemed as that was the turning point for Town, heads seemed to drop and Leicester started to take control.
Andy King nearly scored after Smithies failed to deal with a cross but luckily King's effort on goal was blocked by a Town player.

Just four minutes later, Fryatt, who was been frustrated as Town defender Andy Butler and Clarke has kept him quiet, finally got on the score sheet. The Foxes caught Town a sleep again with a quick free-kick and when Dyer's cross was failed to be cleared the ball fell kindly for Fryatt to tap in from close range.

The referee Mr Beeby started to give Leicester some easy decisions giving away some soft free-kicks and as for the linesman with the yellow flag he might as well have put on a Leicester shirt, he gave Town nothing. There was a decision when the ball cross the line for a throw in that came back into play he never gave and when the Leicester corner-kick taker grabbed the ball before it went out of play are just two of the shocking decisions that linesman gave.

More untidy defending gave the Foxes their fourth goal, a corner was swung in and with Howard making a nuisance of himself the on-loan Liverpool defender Jack Hobbs was able to nod the ball past Smithies for his first goal in Leicester colours.

Sub Ian Craney helped liven up Town in the closing stages but it was too little too late and it summed the day up when top-scorer Roberts was sent off. Given a yellow card for kicking the ball away he then swore at referee Mr Beeby which resulted in a red card. Roberts could face a three-match ban and a fine from the club disciplinary.

Sean's Star Man - Andy Holdsworth Shame the other Town defenders couldn't stay awake like Holdsworth did, supported Cadamarteri down the flank well, put in some good challenges to break down Leicester attacks and made some vital tackles at the Foxes threatened the Town goal.

Teams:

Leicester: Martin, Gilbert (Mattock 46), Morrison, Hobbs, Berner, Oakley, King, Cleverley, Dyer, Fryatt, Howard (Dickov 90)
Subs not used: Chambers, Gradel, Pentney.

Town: Smithies, Holdsworth, N Clarke, Butler, Williams, Cadamarteri, Goodwin, Collins, Roberts, Jevons, Parker (Craney 76)
Subs not used: Glennon, T Clarke, Berrett.

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