Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Brentford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 14/09/2009
Huddersfield Town failed to keep up their 100 per cent winning record at home up after a battling display by Andy Scott's Brentford which resulted in a stalemate at the Galpharm Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Brentford
Jordon Rhodes and Theo Robinson wasted chances and Lee Novak had an effort cleared off the goal line towards the end though a positive of the match was Town's first clean sheet of the season.

Lee Clark made one change from the 3-2 victory over MK Dons, Michael Collins was placed on the bench as Gary Roberts took his place in the side after a impressive display off the bench in the 3-2 win.

It was a game more memorable for errors with possession often frittered away, it was the Town defence who took the honours, Peter Clarke producing another solid display at the heart of the Town defence.

While the Bees let chances for Cleveland Taylor, Charlie MacDonald and Myles Weston pass by, last season's League Two champions' rearguard also deserves some credit from this stalemate.
Alan Bennett and Mark Phillips were the two that kept the Bees backline in check, which stifled Town's hot-shots, though the service to Rhodes and Robinson was not the best.

A fourth home win was on the cards in a high-tempo start, Rhodes put in a determined run and cross that was cleared before Roberts could pounce, the ball fell kindly for Antony Kay whose rocket-like shot from outside the box forced Lewis Price to turn it over the bar at full stretch.

Kay had another long-range effort that was easily held by Price, Roberts went on to have two unsuccessful bites at an opportunity created by Robinson just before the break which signalled an improvement from Town.

Town should have broken the deadlock in the opening minutes of the second half, first Robinson firing too close to Price then Rhodes headed over when Anthony Pilkington delivered a fantastic ball into the box from the right.

Brentford had a good chance wasted when Steve Kabba, who spent most of the afternoon falling on his backside, suddenly found speed to get past the Town defenders, cut in from the left and laid the ball to the edge of the six yard box but Cleveland Taylor horribly wasted the chance that went miles wide from goal.

Peter Clarke made some important blocks throughout the game and when Brentford applied pressure midway into the second half, the former Southend player held firm and organized his defence superbly. It must be noted that the other defenders, Andy Butler, Lee Peltier and Joe Skarz all deserve credit.

Lee Clark threw on Michael Collins, Lee Novak and Robbie Simpson in search for the winner but to no avail.
Peltier found Roberts with a long punt up field, Roberts advanced to goal and instead of shooting himself, laid the ball square across the six yard box which Simpson missed but Novak had a shot after an initial touch only for the ball to be blocked on the line by a Brentford defender.

Not the greatest of games, shocking passing at times, the midfield went missing for periods during the match, Lee Clark said after the match that Town didn't get Danny Drinkwater enough on the ball and praised his defence.
Not a game for a neutral, a tricky trip to the New Den to face Millwall this coming Saturday.

Sean's Star Man - Peter Clarke
Played well throughout the 90 minutes. Got in some important blocks and held firm against Brentford's lively attack of MacDonald and Kabba. Organized his defence in which we badly missed last season.


Town: Smithies, Peltier, P Clarke, Butler, Skarz, Pilkington, Drinkwater, Kay (Collins 81), Roberts, Rhodes (Simpson 81), Robinson (Novak 71)
Subs not used: Glennon, Williams, N Clarke, Berrett

Brentford: Price, Wilson, Phillips, Bennett, Wood, Taylor, O'Connor, Hunt (Bean 88), Weston, Kabba (Saunders 83)
Subs not used: Forster, Bull, Osbourne, Blake, Legge

Referee: D Webb (Co. Durham)


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