Report: Peterborough 4-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 21/08/2010
Huddersfield Town surrendered a two-goal lead and crashed to a 4-2 defeat at London Road, the first defeat of the season for Town. Jordan Rhodes had put Town in front after 22 minutes and on-loan Graham Carey, on his full debut, doubled Town's lead just after the half hour but after 35 minutes of dominance against a good promotion-chasing Peterborough, it all caved in for the Terriers. George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith and a Aaron McLean double saw the Posh take all three points.Report: Peterborough 4-2 Huddersfield Town

Lee Clark was forced to made two changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Tranmere Rovers a week earlier. Left-back Gary Naysmith was serving a one-match ban after being sent off against Rovers. On-loan Damien Johnson from Plymouth was given his full debut slotting in at right-back with Lee Peltier moving to the opposite flank. Gary Roberts was dropped to the bench with Celtic loanee Graham Carey also given his full debut on the left wing. Youngster Liam Ridhalgh was given a place on the bench.

Carey was in the thick of it as Town started brightly and deservedly took the lead on 22 minutes. Carey's inswinging corner from the right found the head of Jordan Rhodes at the near post for his 3rd goal of the season.

Just 11 minutes later Carey got the scoresheet himself with a smashing free-kick just outside the box that beat Posh keeper Joe Lewis and hitting both posts before eventually crossing the line.

Town were unlucky not to 3-0 up when Anthony Pilkington fired a cracking shot that smacked the crossbar and rebounded of Lewis' back before rolling out for a Town corner.

Just as the referee was about to blow his whistle for half-time the Posh got back in the game. Town stopper Alex Smithies let a Boyd shot slip through his hands and into the net.
Seconds after the restart Boyd nearly put the Posh level but his half volley flew just over the bar.

Carey was already booked for a challenge on Aaron Davies earlier in the match and was lucky not to see another yellow and a red and bringing down Mark Little. The resulting free-kick saw Aaron McLean fire the Posh level on 50 minutes as the Town defence went to pieces.

Just two minutes later as Mackail-Smith sped away and with Jamie McCombe and Peter Clarke trying to keep up, as Mackail-Smith homed in on goal with Smithies coming rushing out, Clarke and McCombe got into a defensive mix-up and the ball trickled over the line.

Lee Clark through on Lee Novak to try rescue something and the former Gateshead striker fired wide from close range from a Peltier long-throw.

McLean killed of the match on 67 minutes racing away onto a long ball from goalkeeper Lewis and firing past Town keeper Smithies from 15-yards to claim his second goal of the match.

Town huffed and puffed for the last 20 minutes with no avail but at least they refused to give up. Scott Arfield should have done better with a chance his fired wide and sub Gary Roberts, on for Carey, hit the post at the death.

A miserable day for the Terriers after it looked so promising just before half-time. A defence that hadn't conceded up to this game let in four goals within a 20 minutes spell. Everton in midweek in the Carling Cup before returned to League action against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Sean's Star Man - Graham Carey
Set up one and scored himself. The lad from Celtic looked a good player, superb at crossing with quick feet to match and I can't see many full-backs that can deal with this lad. Was fortunate not to be sent off though.


Peterborough: Lewis, Little, Langmead, Bennett, Ofori-Twumasi (Rowe 46), Wesolowski (Lee 84), McCann, Davies, McLean (Hibbert 82), Boyd, Mackail-Smith.

Town: Smithies, Johnson, P Clarke, McCombe, Peltier, Pilkington (Croft 69), Gudjonsson, Arfield, Carey (Roberts 61), Rhodes (Novak 65), Garner.

Referee: Iain Williamson
Attendance: 6,647


There are currently no comments for this story. In order to post a comment, you need to be a registered Terrier Bytes member and logged in. Click here to login or here to register with Terrier Bytes.




10th Anniversary Edition - 2001 to 2011