Report: Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 14/05/2011
The spoils were shared in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final at Dean Court between Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town. The visitors took the lead through the Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane but were pegged by from a crisp 25-yard drive from Bournemouth's Donal McDermott. Town never really hit top gear this draw with the south coast side stretches their unbeaten run to 26 games.Report: Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town

It was a familiar set up away from the Galpharm, manager Lee Clark using the 4-5-1 formation and made a surprised choice of dropping defender Jamie McCombe for versatile Antony Kay to partner captain Peter Clarke. Gary Roberts and Danny Ward were on the flanks with Benik Afobe spearheading the Town attack. Kevin Kilbane was back in the starting line-up in favour of Jordan Rhodes who was on the bench. Danny Cadamarteri was also back on the bench after being dropped from the starting 18.

The Cherries were at Town straight from the off as Liam Feeney casually strolled through the Town midfield and it took a superb tackle from Peter Clarke to deny Feeney released Danny Ings or McDermott.
Jason Pearce headed over from a Bournemouth free-kick and Kay managed to block McDermott's shot on the edge of the Town box.

The Terriers managed to steady themselves and took the lead with 22 minutes gone. A corner from nothing taken by Gary Roberts found Kilbane making a near post run and the on-loan Hull midfielder planted a firm header into the back of the net.

McDermott was causing problems on the left wing and the home side could have been level on 35 minutes. Rhoys Wiggins was sent through on goal but was adjudged to be brought down by Ian Bennett even though Wiggins had got his shot in at goal. Ings stepped up to take the penalty but Bennett redeemed himself with a smart save to deny Bournemouth the equalizer.

Ward had a fierce shot blocked by Pearce and on the 39th minute Roberts hit a well-struck volley that was tipped over from Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal.
Minutes before the break an in swinging corner from Roberts found the head of Kay but the defender screwed his header wide.

Just minutes into the second half Benik Afobe missed a glorious chance to double the visitors advantage. The on-loan Arsenal striker timed his run to perfection from Lee Peltier's right wing cross but the youngster could only muster a shot straight at Jalal.

On the hour mark the home side got the deserved equalizer. A poor Town clearance fell to McDermott 25 yards from goal and the on-loan Manchester City winger hit a crisp strike that flew into the right bottom corner.

Tackles were now flying in as the referee handed out a few yellow cards and matters didn't help when Sky reported that Adam Smith had been booked so when the defender was booked again Town fans were shouting at the screen that he had already been booked. It turned out for the first booked the Sky cameras had pointed out the wrong man.

The equalizer gave the home side a lift and they had all the running and Town were hanging on and it was Town's 39-year old goalkeeper Ian Bennett who was keeping the score level.

A smart break away ten minutes from the end saw Afobe fouled on the edge of the Bournemouth box but Joey Gudjonsson wasted the free-kick hitting it miles over the bar.

Town held on for the draw and are now favourites at the Galpharm to progress to the final. Don't be so complacent though as Bournemouth are no mugs we really need to get behind the lad come Wednesday night.

Sean's Star Man - Ian Bennett
Had a nightmare the previous week against Brentford but more than made up for it against the Cherries. The veteran goalkeeper has been outstanding when he has played and to me he kept Town in the game against Bournemouth.


Bournemouth: Jalal, Smith, Wiggins, Cooper, Pearce, Feeney, Robinson, Hollands, McDermott (Pugh 77), Lovell (Williamson 90), Ings (Fletcher 90).
Subs not used: Thomas, Arter, Purches, Cummins

Town: Bennett, Naysmith, P Clarke, Kay, Peltier (Hunt 53), Kilbane, Arfield, Gudjonsson, Ward (Cadamarteri 84), Afobe (Novak 87), Roberts.
Subs not used: Colgan, McCombe, Lee, Rhodes.

Attendance: 9043 (1283 Town fans)

Referee: M Russell.


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