Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Peterborough

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 01/02/2009
A first half Michael Collins goal against high-flying Peterborough United was enough to give Town all three points, Collins registering his seventh goal of the season.Match Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Peterborough
But Town had to defend for their lives at times to gain revenge for the 4-0 hammering down at London Road earlier in the season, The Posh turned it on in the second half after being second best.

After two defeats on the bounce boss Lee Clark decided to drop Keigan Parker to the bench putting Danny Cadamarteri up front along side Phil Jevons. New signings Anthony Pilkington and Lionel Ainsworth made their home debuts on the right and left flanks respectively.

Town started brightly, the non-stop Cadmarteri kept up his impressive performances of late, setting up a chance for Collins who shot straight at the Posh keeper Joe Lewis. New signings Ainsworth and Pilkington used the flanks well often keeping the Posh full backs busy.

Third-place Peterborough didn't look like promotion contenders as Town bossed the first period, though Town keeper Alex Smithies made a spectacularly save from Chris Whelpdale.
Town had forged a number of half chances as Peterborough were forced on the back foot but Collins made the breakthrough, linking up well with Jevons and Cadamarteri with the return pass, Collins burst into the penalty area and calmly slotted home past Lewis to put Town in front.

Posh stepped up a mark after the break, proving more dangerous when George Boyd moved inside to just behind Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron MacLean.
Boyd set up Batt with a great chance to level for the Posh, Boyd himself fired a great chance wide and then moments later the prolific Mackail-Smith burst into the penalty area to be bravely denied at the feet by the superb Smithies.

Alex Smithies will not be leaving Town in the January transfer window unless a seven-figure sum is offer for the 18-year old. After his agent rejected the clubs offer, Town look set to loose the England-U19 goalkeeper when his contract runs out at the end of the season with teams like Tottenham, Everton, QPR and Portsmouth rumoured to be after his signature.

Smithies impressed again against the Posh that should add to his value, as Peterborough piled on the pressure the young keeper made a superb save tipping over a thunderous MacLean shot.
Nathan Clarke impressed against Peterborough's prolific strike force, proving a towering figure in Town's defence forming a solid barrier with Andy Butler.

Lee Clark responded to Peterborough's tactical change by sending on Dominik Werling to fill the wide left role in place of Ainsworth, it proved a pleasing debuts for the new signings.

Town held on to the three points which were much needed after back-to-back defeats on the road at Leicester and Yeovil respectively. The victory sees Town just six points away from the play-offs and I'm sure boss Lee Clark will be looking for another three points when Hartlepool United visit the Galpharm Stadium on Tuesday night.

Sean's Star Man - Danny Cadamarteri Deserved it after another impressive performance, working hard all game, stretching the Posh defence at times with his pace. But on the pitch he and new signing Werling look like twins.


Town: Smithies, Holdsworth, N Clarke, Butler, Williams, Ainsworth (Werling 60), Goodwin, Collins, Pilkington (T Clarke 90), Jevons (Craney 82), Cadamarteri
Subs not used: Glennon, Parker.

Peterborough: Lewis, Martin, Morgan (Batt 42), Zakuani, Lee, Whelp dale (Green 86), Coutts, Keates (Crofts 46), Boyd, MacLean, Mackail-Smith.

Referee: R Booth (Notts)
Attendance: 14,480


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