Report: MK Dons 2-3 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 07/09/2009
Town got their first away win of the season in a thrilling 3-2 win over MK Dons at the Stadium:mk with goals from Jordon Rhodes, Theo Robinson and Antony Kay. It was thought goalkeeper Alex Smithies who had to be top draw, as MK Dons pilled on the pressure towards the end.Report: MK Dons 2-3 Huddersfield Town
This victory sent Town above MK Dons in the league to third place, it was a real test for Town and to come away with 3 points delighted boss Lee Clark and the Town faithful.

Paul Ince's MK Dons dominated the goalless first period then led twice only for Town to battle back and secure the 3 points with a great winner from midfielder Antony Kay. Jordon Rhodes and Theo Robinson both netted their seventh goals of the season to stun the Dons, rated by Lee Clark as promotion contenders for League One.

No one inside Stadium:mk could have hardly visualised the outcome as Town did well to in at half-time on level terms, Town were giving away possession too often and far too cheaply.
Smithies was to thank as he blocked a ball that rebounded off Jamal Johnson when Lee Peltier's clearance cannoned off the lively Dons striker.

Faced against a pacey and tough opponents, Town strived but struggled to create anything positive together in the final third of the pitch.

The breakthrough the Dons had threatened came a minute into the second half with Johnson cutting in from the left and driving a 25 yard shot into the net. Moments earlier Andy Butler had pulled off a saving tackle on Jermaine Easter.
It signalled a remarkable spell.

With 54 minutes gone, A Town corner was cleared, Joe Skarz knocked the ball high back into the box, from Andy Butler's knock down Rhodes was in the right place to poach home the equalizer after a mix-up between Dons' keeper Willy Gueret and David McCracken.

Four minutes after Town's equalizer, A scramble from a Dons' corner, the ball was pumped back into the box and Town's defensive slackness left Easter in space as he coolly finished past Smithies from eight yards out with Town defenders questioning the linesman about a possible offside.

With the Dons in front, manager Lee Clark sent on Gary Roberts, Town responded in a manner that will have delighted manager Clark. With the MK Dons defence looking ragged, Joe Skarz and Rhodes linked up with Roberts to deliver from the left, Pilkington returned the ball and Robinson stuck the ball away at the back post.

Town's pressure was taking its toll on the Dons and on 78 minutes the fight back was complete.
Danny Drinkwater placed a right-wing corner to the near post for Kay to glide in and glance his header past Dons' keeper Gueret.

MK Dons huffed and puffed towards the end, Alex Smithies had to keep his concentration as the Dons hit the bar and from the rebound Doumbe fired a shot that Smithies tipped over superbly.

A fantastic win for the Terriers as I would have taken a point before the game. Not an easy place to go as MK Dons will be there or there abouts come end of the season. 17 goals in six games so far, last season we couldn't hit a cow's backside from two yards! Just shows that Town now have firepower but must concentrate on the back as the ball-watching syndrome still plagues Town.

Sean's Star Man - Alex Smithies
Pulled off some smart saves during the match in which no doubt kept Town in the game.


MK Dons: Gueret, Lewington, Doumbe, McCracken, Woodwards (Carrington 26), (Ibehre 80), Gleeson, Johnson, Puncheon, Howell, Chadwick (Gobern 80), Easter.
Subs not used: Searle, Davis, Swailes, Leven.

Town: Smithies, Peltier, Butler, P Clarke, Skarz, Pilkington, Kay, Collins (Roberts 57), Drinkwater, Robinson, Rhodes (Simpson 85)
Subs not used: Glennon, N Clarke, Berrett, Ainsworth, Novak.


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