Huddersfield Town 2-0 Southampton - Match Report

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 18/10/2010
Two promotion contenders met at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday but it was Huddersfield Town who takes the spoils after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Southampton.Huddersfield Town 2-0 Southampton - Match Report
Anthony Pilkington is in fine form for the Terriers, notching his forth goal in three games. The former Stockport winger got back into the side due to Gary Roberts' injury and has grabbed his chance with both hands by putting in some fine performances of late. Joey Gudjonsson scored his first league goal in Town colours which was to the prove the winner just before the break.

Town boss Lee Clark named an unchanged side who had hammered Colchester United in a 3-0 victory away from the Galpharm. Goalkeeper Nick Colgan, on a month's emergency loan from Grimsby Town was on the bench.

Right from the off Town were fired up for this game as they gunned down the Saints and playing a high-tempo game, the signs of last season's swagger appears to be slowly returning with some slick one-touch passing which was a joy to watch.

As early as the fifth minute Town were testing Kelvin Davis in the Saints goal as the veteran goalkeeper tipped Graham Carey's sweetly struck free-kick onto the bar.

Just a minute later Town were in front when a half cleared corner fell to Gudjonsson who fired in a shot that hit the inside of the post, the ball fell kindly for Pilkington who lashed the ball into the roof of the net from around 12 yards out.

Alan Lee, still searching for his for goal since his move from Crystal Palace in August, a long ball left him in the clear and with Davis in no man's land, Lee attempted a lob but it was too high.

The Southampton defence at times looked shocking, passes going a stray and some clumsy challenges as they seemed unable to cope with Town's pressing game.

Carey had a couple of chances but failed to make any of them count, Antony Kay, who had a fairly decent game at centre back, forced Davis into a save as he connected with a corner and Peter Clarke stole in on a quickly taken free-kick but his finish when into the side netting.

Just before the break Gudjonsson doubled Town's lead and it proved to be the winner. Carey's free-kick was headed out by Jose Fonte and the former Burnley player hit a sweetly struck shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner.

Ian Bennett, who was making his first league home appearance at the Galpharm, was rarely tested by an experienced Saints attack. The veteran goalkeeper pushed Fonte's effort away from goal and he had Damien Johnson to thank as he cleared Rickie Lambert's effort off the line.

In the second half the Saints became more brutal and the referee had a shocker and at times appeared not to be in control of the game. A notable one to mention was Lambert's elbow on Johnson that went unpunished.

Town's commitment couldn't be questioned when Clarke and Lee Peltier threw themselves to block Guly Do Prado's effort. Do Prado was alone in the box but Peltier dived in, his bravery probably cost him the rest of the match as he limped off minutes later to be replaced by Scott Arfield.

Clarke and Lambert clashed heads which resulted in Lambert having a bandage wrapped round his head but he was taken off minutes later.

A bizarre six-minute hold up occurred when the assistant referee had to go off and be replaced by the forth official which lead to 11 minutes being added on at the end of the match. Will rarely see that happen again at the Galpharm.

The better side won as the Saints weren't at the races but not knocking a good, solid display from Huddersfield Town. Lee Novak never stopped running for the whole 90 minutes, Gudjonsson ran the Town midfield and Pilkington is on fine form down the flank. Two impressive performances and two clean sheets to boot, lets hope Town have turned the corner and can start challenging for the automatic spots in an open league where it seems anyone can beat anyone.

Sean's Star Man - Anthony Pilkington
The lad in in fine form and showing the displays in Town colours from when he first signed.

Teams:

Town: Bennett, Peltier (Arfield 52), Kay, P Clarke, Ridehalgh, Pilkington (Garner 60), Gudjonsson, Johnson, Carey, Lee (Rhodes 81), Novak.
Sub not used: Colgan, McCombe, Atkinson, N Clarke

Southampton: Davis, Butterfield, Fonte, Scaborne, Harding, Puncheon (Schneiderlin 76), Chaplow, Hammond, Lallana, Lambert (Bignall 71), Do Prado (Barnard 67)
Subs not used: Bialkowski, Jaidi, Richardson, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear)
Attendance: 14,769

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