Huddersfield v Stockport

Huddersfield Town story posted by Danielle Boothroyd on 13/08/2009
Town are through to the second round of the Carling Cup after they secured 3-1 win against Stockport County. Jordan Rhodes and Theo Robinson got the goals in this enjoyable and mostly comfortable match.Huddersfield v Stockport

With Collins and Goodwin both unavailable, Tom Clarke moved into centre midfield and Lee Peltier took over at right back. Joe Skarz replaced Robbie Williams who was demoted, presumably after his woeful performance against Southend. Youngsters Rhodes and Novak were picked to start up front.

Town looked competitive from the beginning. Gary Roberts looked particularly impressive in attack, linking up well with the front two. Pilkington saw his header flash wide of the post early on and Tom Clarke had a couple of good chances. Stockport went close with a long range free kick, which Smithies just managed to tip over the bar.

It felt as though the teams would go in level at half time, but with an inspired piece of play Town went ahead just before the break. After some good work from Roberts, Novak passed the ball across the box to Rhodes, who drove the ball in for his second goal in as many games.


The Terriers had the ball in the net again within 30 seconds of the restart, but it was disallowed for offside. However two minutes later Rhodes doubled the lead with a superb finish after another well-worked set up from Novak.

Nathan Clarke almost cost Town a goal when he underhit a back pass, leaving Oli Johnson through on goal. Johnson rounded Smithies and was almost certain to score, but heroic Peter Clarke managed to scamper back to the goal line just in time to clear the ball with his head, clattering into the post and injuring himself for his troubles!

Town's nerves steadied when substitute Theo Robinson latched on to a long pass from Pilkington, left his marker for dead and stylishly tucked away the ball into the bottom left hand corner for Town's third goal.

County got a consolation goal in the last few minutes as Town temporarily lost concentration, the result ending 3-1, which was a rather flattering scoreline on the visitors.

The second round will prove to be very interesting as Town take on Lee Clark's former club Newcastle at St. James's Park. Will tensions still be fraught after the not-so-friendly match last month?


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