The Play-Offs - Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 13/05/2011
First of all I'd like to apologize for the absence of Brentford match report (which ended in a bizarre 4-4 draw) due to a hectic schedule with my end-of-year university work.The Play-Offs - Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town now face AFC Bournemouth for a 12.45pm kick-off for the first leg of the League One play-offs at Dean Court, which is live on Sky Television. Despite conceding four goals on Saturday at home to Brentford, Town stretch their unbeaten run to 25 matches. By contrast, The Cherries, have only won two out of their last 12 league matches.

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury, with striker Steve Fletcher as his assistant, has steadied the ship since Eddie Howe left for Burnley in January and secured a play-off spot with a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday. It has been a cracking season for the Cherries after being promoted from League Two last season as I bet not many Bournemouth fans would have said at start of the season they would finish in 6th place.

Bournemouth have Danny Ings, who has scored five goals in his last seven, and Manchester City loanee Donal McDermott back from injury and are set to start. Former Bradford City striker Michael Symes could be in contention for a place on the bench after being out injured for two months with an abductor strain.

Town loan men Benik Afobe, Danny Ward and Kevin Kilbane have been given the all-clear from their respective clubs to play in the play-offs. Striker James Spencer is back from a season-long loan at League Two Morecambe and is eligible to play. Danny Cadamarteri could be on the bench. Town have no new fresh injury worries.
Good news for the Town this week as captain Peter Clarke signed a new contract extension and chairman Dean Hoyle is set to sit down with manager Lee Clark about extending his contract.

Sean's Prediction - 1-0 to Town
After sharing the spoils both home and away this season (2-2 at the Galpharm, 1-1 at Dean Court), I fancy Town to nick a 1 goal lead for the return leg with Benik Afobe grabbing the goal.


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