Report: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Peterborough United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 09/04/2011
Town youngster Jack Hunt rescued a vital point in the dying moments of the game with a superb goal to share the spoils with fellow promotion chasers Peterborough United at the Galpharm Stadium. The draw extends Town's unbeaten run to 20 matches.Report: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Peterborough United
Peterborough had gone ahead just before the break when Grant McCann slotted home a penalty and when Gary Roberts missed a penalty late in the second half it looked it was going be one of those days for The Terriers. But, the substitute Hunt, a 20-year old academy graduate grabbed the game but the scruff of the neck, taking the game to The Posh and grabbing a vital equalizer in a game of two halves.

Town boss Lee Clark made changes from the 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers the previous week. Out went the 4-3-3 system for a 4-4-2 against The Posh. Left-back Gary Naysmith was back in the starting XI after missing the trip to Tranmere, top-scorer Jordan Rhodes was also back in the starting line-up to partner Benik Afobe in the Town attack in favour of midfielder Joey Gudjonsson.

The visitors almost went in front inside five minutes when striker David Ball got in behind Naysmith down the left and his ball across the Town box fell to George Boyd who was denied superb point-blank save by Ian Bennett.

Peterborough were at The Terriers from the off as The Posh dominated with Town camped in their own half. Grant McCann was at the heart of the Peterborough's dominance.

Town did manage to create chances in the first half but were few and far between. Good build up play between Peltier and Roberts opened up for Afobe but the young striker's first touch let him down and was easily collected by Joe Lewis.

Peterborough continued to dominate and when Town failed to clear their lines properly, McCann's knock down found James Wesolowski in the Town box. The midfielder's powerful shot from 12 yards flew into the side netting.
Minutes later Ball shook off the Town defence and rifled a shot 25 yards from goal which was excellently beaten away by Ian Bennett.

Peterborough's Ryan Bennett denied Town taking the lead with a goal line clearance. Danny Ward's deep cross from the right found Roberts, who's half volley was denied by Lewis, and the rebound effort from Scott Arfield was stopped on the line by Ryan Bennett.

It was The Posh who drew first blood five minutes before the break. Lee Peltier's poor clearance in the Town penalty area fell to Craig Mackail-Smith. Peltier slipped closing down the ball, appearing to hold Mackail-Smith's leg, and when the striker went down the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Grant McCann took the spot kick and cooly slotted into the right bottom corner.

Afobe wasted a great chance for Town to hit an instant reply just seconds before the break. Kevin Kilbane's neat header set up Afobe in the Peterborough box but the on-loan Arsenal striker shot first time with his weaker left foot that went horribly wide.

After the break Town were having more of the possession but were failing to break down The Posh. Luckily for Town, Craig Mackail-Smith's header was straight at Ian Bennett from a McCann free-kick.

Just after the hour mark manager Lee Clark threw on Lee Novak for Rhodes and The Terriers started to look more lively. Novak was linking up well with Afobe up front and it was Town's turn to have Peterborough camped in their own half. Gary Roberts was putting some good crosses into the Peterborough box but no one failed to connect from any.

With 72 minutes gone Afobe beat three Peterborough defenders with a superb run but the striker didn't hit his shot cleanly and Lewis was out from his goal to smother the ball.

With 13 minutes left Jack Hunt came on for Joey Gudjonsson, who had come on as a sub for the second half. Hunt went on the right flank and his pace was causing The Posh defence a few problems.
Novak should have done better when Roberts put the striker through on goal but his shot was straight at the on-rushing Lewis.

Peterborough's goalkeeper Joe Lewis kept the visitors in front with just five minutes left on the clock. Hunt jinxed his way into the box from the right flank and was bundled over by Wesolowski. Roberts took the penalty but Lewis denied the winger diving to his left.

With seconds left Hunt rescued a point for The Terriers when it seemed it was going to be one of those days. The youngster cut in from the right flank again beating two players and with his weaker left foot drove the ball home inside the penalty area to send the Town faithful into rapture.

Town fell one place to third in the League One ladder after this draw with Peterborough. Southampton won at Leyton Orient and have leapfrogged Town into 2nd place. The Saints have two games in hand over The Terriers starting with a tricky trip to Rochdale on Tuesday night but the Dale themselves are fighting for the play-offs. It is still all to play for but don't be surprised if we see The Posh again in the play-offs.

Sean's Star Man - Jack Hunt
The academy graduate looks as though he can become a valuable asset to The Terriers. The right-back who can also play on the flank, had good reviews from his loan spell earlier in the season at Chesterfield and it was easy to see why. The youngster troubled The Posh with his pace and skill as soon as he came on. Not a bad way to grab your first goal for the club with a jinxing run past two and hammering it past the goalkeeper with your weaker foot.


Town: I Bennett, Naysmith, P Clarke, McCombe, Peltier, Roberts, Arfield, Kilbane, Ward (Gudjonsson 46) (Hunt 76), Afobe, Rhodes (Novak 63).
Subs not used: Colgan, Morrison, A Lee, Cadamarteri.

Peterborough: Lewis, Lee, R Bennett, Zakuani, Basey, McCann (Davis 77), Wesoloski, Rowe (Mendez-Laing 83), Ball (Whelpdale 88), Mackail-Smith, Boyd.
Subs not used: Langmean, Freckleton, Tomlin, Jones.

Referee: M Russell (Herts)
Attendance: 16,431


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