Town 7 - 1 Brighton

Huddersfield Town story posted by Danielle Boothroyd on 18/08/2009
Town v BrightonTown 7 - 1 Brighton

The Terriers turned on the style last night in an epic match involving eight goals, seven of which went Town's way. Bizarrely, the last time Town won by the same scoreline is almost ten years to the day (vs. Crystal Palace, 28th August 1999).

Despite the large goal difference Town were on the back foot for the first spell of the match. Brighton's tactics were clear - play for a draw and use their strength to keep out opposing attacks. Former Town loanee Liam Dickinson caused a number of problems for the defence but his efforts were kept out before Town made a breakthrough on 21 minutes. Midfielder Antony Kay latched onto a cross from Pilkington and powerfully headed the ball into the net.

Shortly after, Brighton equalised through a Dickinson wonder goal. Following some nice play around the box, Dickinson smashed in a volley from the tightest of angles. However the Terriers were back in front within a minute with Peter Clarke slotting home for his first ever Town goal. Brighton went close with a long range shot from McLeod, but Smithies managed to tip the ball over the bar. He went on to save a header from the ensuing corner.

The turning point was definitely Brighton keeper Kuipers' sending off. Novak, intercepting a back pass, was through on goal and had just the keeper to beat. He attempted to round the Dutch stopper, but instead was upended for a clear penalty. It took a few minutes to ascertain whether the red card would be shown, but eventually the referee dismissed Kuipers, regardless of furious protests that Novak had dived.


Town continued to dominate after the break and were awarded yet another penalty when Novak was brought down once again. Jordan Rhodes stepped up and clearly wanted to do better than his penalty take on Saturday, but ironically his effort was saved from Brighton's substitute keeper.

In the 65th minute Gary Roberts added a fourth after being set up by Robinson; loanee Danny Drinkwater extended the lead further with a rebounded shot. Later on he was unlucky not to get a second with a piledriver that bounced off the post.

Brighton had given up and had a couple of unthreatening efforts. The Terriers, on the other hand, were on fire and hadn't run out of fuel just yet. Theo Robinson showed his class and stunning pace with two goals to round off Town's superb performance. He could've got a hat trick at the death, but his close range effort was well blocked by keeper Smith.

It's been a long time coming, but Town are finally looking like a team to be taken seriously. Let's hope their away form doesn't let them down.


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