Leyton Orient 1-2 Huddersfield Town - The Report

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 11/09/2010
Huddersfield Town travelled back to West Yorkshire with all three points thanks to goals from the in-form Scott Arfield and Jordan Rhodes at Brisbane Road. It was an indifferent performance by the Terriers, as they struggled to produce their passing game, against an Orient side who look as though this campaign could be a relegation battle for the O's. Despite Orient pulling one back thanks to a spectacular drive by Dean Cox, Town managed to hold on for the win.Leyton Orient 1-2 Huddersfield Town - The Report

Town boss Lee Clark made changes to his side from the 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth the previous week, Rhodes was on the bench alongside Lee Novak. Joe Garner was in the starting XI up front with Alan Lee. Arfield, back from Scotland Under-21 duty, was played at right-back, Damien Johnson came into the midfield to replace Joey Gudjonsson and Graham Carey back from Ireland U21 duty took the place of Anthony Pilkington, who alongside Lee Peltier, were not even on the bench.

Town showed their strength in depth compared to Russell Slade's side and Town took the lead as early as the third minute.
Gary Roberts picked out Arfield with a quick free-kick and the former Falkirk youngster struck a sweet curling effort which flew past the despairing drive of Jamie Jones in the Orient goal.

With Town taking such an early lead it was hoping that Town would kick on and kill the game off but the Terriers failed to build on their advantage and it was Orient who had most of the possession but failed in the final third.

Only once did Russell Slade's men breach the Town backline when Alex Revell's cross to the far post was missed by the onrushing Stephen Dawson.

Failing to get out of first gear in the first 45 minutes, Town increased their tempo after the break no doubt after a few word said by Clark at the half time break. Arfield went close again with a superb 25-yard effort which dipped inches over the crossbar.

Town through on Rhodes and Novak in place of Garner and Lee, the former Palace striker had a quiet game against the O's, as Town chased the killer goal.
Yet it was Orient who looked more likely to score, goalkeeper Alex Smithies tipped Scott McGleish's volley over the bar and defender Ben Chorley put a free header over the bar from an Orient corner.

Gudjonsson was thrown on by Terriers boss Lee Clark and while Orient was searching for an equalizer his through ball saw Roberts find space only to fire just wide.

It was substitute Rhodes who scored what turned out to be the winner with 12 minutes remaining. With the ball bobbling around the box Rhodes turned inside the penalty area to send his effort past Jones with an aid of a huge deflection off Chorley.

Orient hit back almost immediately with a spectacular 25-yard drive by Cox that flew past Smithies who was rooted to the spot. Cox's goal has to be a contender for goal of the season.

There was still time for Jamie McCombe to hit the Orient crossbar with a header and then heart-in-mouth moment for Town but captain Peter Clarke cleared James Walker's effort off the line as Town held on.

Sean's Star Man - Scott Arfield
Looks to be getting better with every performance so far in a blue and white shirt despite playing out of position at right-back at the moment. Took his goal well with a sweet curling effort, not a bad way to get your first goal for your new club.


Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Forbes, Chorley, Frampton (Smith 46), Dawson, Spring (Jarvis 76), Chambers, Cox, Revell, McLeish (Walker 86).
Subs not used: Brown, Butcher, Porter, Cestor.

Town: Smithies, Arfield, P Clarke, McCombe, Ridehalgh, Roberts, Johnson, Kay, Carey (Gudjonsson 72), Lee (Rhodes 63), Garner (Novak 57).
Subs not used: Bennett, Croft, Atkinson, Chippendale.

Referee: Andy D'Urso
Attendance: 3,918


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