Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Carlisle United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 14/04/2009
With 12 minutes left a trademark header from Huddersfield Town legend Andy Booth was enough to see off relegation battling Carlisle United on Easter Monday as the Cumbrians looked to be set to take a point back at the Galpharm Stadium.Report: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Carlisle United
This was Town's first win at home since beating Leeds United 1-0 on Valentine's Day back in February.
The veteran worked tirelessly since coming on for Anthony Pilkington in the first half, he had no number on his shirt but fellow sub Michael Flynn picked him out unmarked with a great cross for the 34-year old to plant a header past the Carlisle keeper Ben Williams.

A third win in four matches for the Terriers, after victories over Hereford, Bristol Rovers and Scunthorpe United on Good Friday night. Manager Lee Clark kept the same team that beat the Irons at Glanford Park, Danny Cadamarteri was the long front man with Pilkington and Gary Roberts on the left and right flank respectively. Tom Clarke and Jim Goodwin kept their holding position roles along Michael Collins to support the attack. The back four of Martin Kelly, Andy Butler, captain Nathan Clarke and Robbie Williams with the next England number one Alex Smithies in the Town goal.

A forgettable first period in which neither side really created any clear-cut chances, Anthony Pilkington picked up a groin strain with just over half an hour gone and boss Clark responded by throwing on Booth, switching to a traditional 4-4-2 formation, Booth quickly made his presence felt often winning the aerial battle with the Carlisle centre-backs bring Cadamarteri into play.

The second-half opened with a frantic spell with just 3 minutes gone, Booth and Roberts combined which led to Nathan Clarke rattling the crossbar only for Williams to sky over the rebound.

Three minutes later Collins and Roberts combined only for Roberts to smack the ball against the post with a lovely half-volleyed shot.
Relegation-threatened Carlisle, now failing to win in their last nine league games, went close when veteran midfielder Graham Kavanagh put Jeff Smith through but he trashed a shot wide instead of zeroing in on goal for a one-on-one with Smithies.

Tom Clarke was adding to his reputation as a holding midfielder, Town largely bossed the second half with Butler going close so too Andy Booth.

United should have gone ahead with 73 minutes gone, Cleveland Taylor breaking free down the right, sent in a low cross with fell to Lewis Neal who missed an open goal when it was harder to miss than score.

Michael Flynn came on for Jim Goodwin which added a bit of spice to the Town attack, it looked to end in stalemate until Flynn picked the ball up on the left and sent in a cross that found an unmarked Booth to plant a header beyond United keeper Ben Williams that all but surely gave Town a deserved victory.

Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott tried to battle on, switching his team around trying to look for an equalizer.
Roberts should have really tested the keeper when linking up well with Collins but instead of shooting he decided to return the pass to Collins which was intercepted by the Carlisle defence.

Sean's Star Man - Andy Booth Worked hard after coming on as a sub for Pilkington and gave the Carlisle defence all kinds of problems. Held up the ball well bringing others in to play and also getting involved in some slick Town build ups. His goal was well deserved for the Town legend.


Town: Smithies, Kelly, N Clarke, Butler, R Williams, T Clarke, Pilkington (Booth 37), Goodwin (Flynn 67), Collins, Roberts, Cadamarteri. Subs not used: Eastwood, Holdsworth, Berrett.

Carlisle: B Williams, Raven, Murphy, Keogh, Horwood (Dobie 81), Taylor (Rothery 86), Morris, Kavanagh, Smith (Neal 58). Subs not used: Lumsden, Kane.

REFEREE: K Evans (Greater Manchester).



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