Report: Huddersfield Town 2-2 Cheltenham Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 22/03/2009
The Terriers don't half do it the hard way, coming from two goals down to drawing in the 3rd minute of added time but could have sealed all three points if it not for a penalty save from the Cheltenham stopper Scott Brown.Report: Huddersfield Town 2-2 Cheltenham Town
A game that Alan Hansen would have loved as neither side could defend, Cheltenham went 2-0 up inside the first 20 minutes through on-loan Leon Constantine on his debut and Elvis Hammond. Town pulled one back through sub Danny Cadamarteri before the break and then Andy Butler rescued a point in added time after Robbie Williams missed a penalty.

Lee Clark stuck with the 4-4-2 formation and had to make a change from last week's defeat at Tranmere Rovers, right-back Andy Holdsworth picked up a knock in the 3-1 defeat which meant Tom Clarke was switched to right-back with Jim Goodwin coming back into midfield.
Lukas Jutkiewicz was back in the starting 11 partnering Andy Booth in the Town attack.

Within 6 minutes of the start, the visitors went ahead through the on-loan Constantine, on his debut for the Robins and who seems to have a knack of scoring past Town.
Tom Clarke made a right mess of nodding the ball back to goalkeeper Alex Smithies and Constantine nipped in to neatly dispatch the ball past into the net.

Town tried to rally but unbelievably Cheltenham went 2-0 up with just 13 minutes gone, The Terriers lost the ball in midfield, Elvis Hammond picked up the ball behind the Town defence, leaving Andy Butler flat footed and placing the ball past Smithies.

Minutes after the Robins' second goal, midfielder Michael Collins rattled the bar with a thunderous shot from 20-yards out, Town should have had a penalty when Gary Roberts jinxed his way into the Cheltenham penalty area but was brought down with a late challenge from Andy Linnegan.

It was only when Danny Cadamarteri came on for Lukas Jutkiewicz with 32 minutes gone that Town really started to get going.
The on-loan Everton striker made a fuss about being substituted after being booed off by the Town fans, appearing to have thrown his training top in the direction of manager Lee Clark. Clark has said in the interview after the game that the 19-year old has apologized to Clark, his fellow players and also to the fans, the youngster needs to buck up his ideas if he can't cut it in League One what chance has he got in the Premiership? I wouldn't be surprised if he sent back to Everton sometime in the near future.

Just before the break Town pulled on back, a cross-field ball by Butler was neatly controlled by Roberts who skipped clear of two men to deliver a low cross that Cadamarteri dispatched neatly from 12 yards for his first goal of the season.

After the break, captain Chris Lucketti headed straight at Brown from a Town corner, The Robins survived unending Town pressure, as Lee Clark's men upped the tempo in the second half, forcing 11 second half corners.

Cadamarteri proved a real handful of Cheltenham but for all Town's possession they failed to really test the Robins goalkeeper.
But the Whaddon Road side did find themselves down to 10 men with 30 minutes of the game left, Joshua Low brought down Clarke and trampled over the young defender. It will be a game that Tom Clarke will want to forget, having an nightmare of a game.

Lindegaard was fortunate not to follow, pulling down Roberts as Anthony Pilkington broke dangerously but no official spotted the offence which infuriated the Town boss.

Sub Michael Flynn could have had a penalty when he was pushed in the box, he had a firm shot blocked after a good turn in the penalty area coming from another Pilkington cross but after he was bundled over after good work from Booth that the referee Kevin Wright pointed to the spot.

Left-back Williams stepped up after Town's penalty taker Gary Roberts had been subbed, Williams' penalty was weak and was easily saved by the Robins stopper Scott Brown. I could have dived from the stands and saved it!

In added time Butler saved the day for the Terriers, heading home after Pilkington headed on a Cadamarteri cross.

In a hectic last few seconds Cadmarteri could have won it with a close-range header that was easily saved by Brown.

4 points from a possible 21, expect a clear out in the summer.

Sean's Star Man - Anthony Pilkington Another fine performance by the 20-year old, fully deserved his man-of-the-match award. The only player at times that looks interested, never stops running, willing to take on players and get a cross in. The former Stockport player I believe will become a very good signing for Huddersfield Town. Credit also to Danny Cadamarteri who got the game going after coming on as a sub.


Town: Smithies, Tom Clarke, Butler, Lucketti, Williams, Pilkington, Collins, Goodwin (Flynn 70), Roberts (Ainsworth 80), Booth, Jutkiewicz ( Cadamarteri 31)
Subs not used: Eastwood, Berrett.

Cheltenham: Brown, Lindegaard, Townsend, Diallo, Ridley (Duff 8) (Finnigan 27), Low, Bird, Gallinagh, Bignall, Hammond (Watkins 54), Constantine.
Subs not used: Puddy, Durrant


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