Match Report - Town 4-0 Leyton Orient

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 26/10/2009
A convincing win for the Town as they swept past Leyton Orient with a 4-0 win at the Galpharm Stadium. It was the Gary Roberts show as the Liverpudlian broke Orient's resistance on the stroke of half time paving the way for another three goals in the second half from Nathan Clarke, Michael Collins and top scorer Jordan Rhodes.Match Report - Town 4-0 Leyton Orient

The first half saw constant pressure from the Terriers but the Orient held firm as Town huffed and puffed to get the goal to award their dominance, they finally did in the second minute of first half stoppage time with Roberts grabbing the goal he deserved.
The tricky winger caused problems for the Orient defence all afternoon, notched his second goal of the season with a beautifully struck half-volley with his left foot from 18 yards which nestled in the corner of the net.

For the past two years Orient had come away from the Galpharm with all three points with a single strike from Adam Boyd on both occasions, Boyd, who always seem to score past Town has returned to his hometown club Hartlepool.
It was a surprise that Geriant Williams' men has held out for so long, Town often testing the Orient keeper Glenn Morris. The best of a string of opportunities fell to Rhodes who unluckily had his shot deflected away from goal after Roberts had weaved his magic through the Orient defence, but Roberts should have gone for goal himself after doing all the hard work.

Anthony Pilkington is returning to his old self lately, he terrorised the O's at times. His clever, jinxing run saw Roberts denied by Morris who must have breathed a sigh of relief as Antony Kay headed over following a Robbie Williams cross from the left.

Lee Novak created a great chance for Roberts, Novak kept the ball alive on the byline after losing his footing but managed to flick the ball back to Roberts on the edge of the area to unleash a fierce drive which was smartly saved by Morris.

The Orient definitely rode their luck, but their were a few threats from the O's on the counter.
Alex Smithies had to be at his best to hold Andrew Townsend's shot but the defensive partnership of Peter and Nathan Clarke (no relation) swept up and dealt anything that Orient threw at them throughout the 90 minutes.

Roberts was again involved as Town doubled their lead on 57 minutes, after shouts of handball was turned down by the referee, Roberts picked out Nathan Clarke from the corner for the centre back to head home.

The referee angered the Town faithful showing only a yellow card to O's substitute James Scowcroft when he appeared to use an elbow on Town skipper Peter Clarke. Futhermore the Town fans became more infuriated by giving a free-kick for a foul on Collins when he should have played the advantage as Collins had sent Pilkington through on goal.

But Collins put Town further in the lead with a smart diving header from yet another cross by Roberts who then delivered another ball for substitute Theo Robinson only for Robinson to blaze high.

Fellow sub Lionel Ainsworth could have extended the tally when Roberts sent him through but Morris reacted quickly saving the shot with his legs.

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes notched his 12th of the season when Ainsworth picked him out at the far post after linking nicely with Roberts/

Sean's Star Man - Gary Roberts
Back to his best, terrorised the Orient for the whole 90 minutes running at the defenders and pulling the strings. Linked up well and his crosses caused the O's defenders all sorts of problems.


Town: Smithies, Peltier, Peter Clarke, Nathan Clarke, Williams, Roberts, Collins, Kay, Pilkington (Ainsworth 85), Novak (Robinson 69), Rhodes
Subs not used: Glennon, Butler, Goodwin, Berrett, Drinkwater.

Leyton Orient: Morris, Cave-Brown, Chorley, Mkandawire, Daniels (Melligan 60), Townsend, Smith, Summerfield, Jarvis (Patulea 67), Demetriou, McLeish (Scowcroft 60)
Subs not used: Butcher, Ashworth, Pires.

Referee: Peter Quinn (Middlesbrough)
Attendance: 13,396


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