Play-Off Final: Town 0-3 Peterborough United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 29/05/2011
Three goals in eight minutes of madness saw Peterborough United win promotion to the npower Championship but by no means was it a one sided match. Neither side could break the deadlock for most of the match and up to the Posh scoring The Terriers were in control for much of the second half.Play-Off Final: Town 0-3 Peterborough United

A free-kick given away on the edge of the Town box with 12 minutes left saw Grant McCann's dead ball headed in by Tommy Rowe. Then it went all Pete Tong for the Town as Craig Mackail-Smith's deflected shot trickled in minutes later and then McCann blasted in a free-kick and that was good night Vienna.

Town boss Lee Clark used the successful 4-5-1 system that has been used away from the Galpharm Stadium for much of the season. Lee Peltier stayed in midfield alongside Scott Arfield and Kevin Kilbane which meant Jack Hunt filled in at right-back. Antony Kay partnered captain Peter Clarke in the defence with Gary Naysmith at his usual left-back slot. Gary Roberts and Danny Ward occupied the flanks as Benik Afobe was the lone front man.

It so nearly was a bad start for the Terriers, Mackail-Smith, who seems to throw himself on the floor more times than Jurgen Klinsmann ever did in his playing career but I have to give him credit as he does score goals, managed to break away from the Town backline but Kay got back just in time to deflect his shot wide.

George Boyd tricky as ever forced Town keeper Ian Bennett into a save from long range as Peterborough looked the most likely to score in the first half.

Town have used their set-pieces to their advantage this season but seem to fail when defending them as Lee Peltier headed over from Roberts corner. Peterborough keeper Paul Jones was alert to deny Peter Clarke's goal bound header from another Roberts corner.

Roberts then played a good ball into the box for Afobe but the young striker's touch let him down and at the other end Mackail-Smith broke away only to be denied by a superb tackle by Kay.

It was end to end stuff as Boyd put Mackail-Smith through again but this time it was Peter Clarke who produced a well-timed challenge to deny the League One top scorer a shot at goal.

Town's best chance of the half was when Gary Roberts' free-kick just on the right corner of the Peterborough box was superbly tipped wide by Jones and from the resulting corner, the ball fell to Afobe who appeared to got into a mix up and fired wide from eight yards.

With seconds of the half Peterborough should have taken the lead as Boyd found Mackail-Smith in the box but the striker somehow managed to fire wide when it seemed easier to his the target.

Lee Clark's words in the half-time dressing room saw Town grow in confidence and take the game to Peterborough as the Terriers had all of the position but the Posh were still a threat as McCann hit a 20-yard free-kick that flew just over the bar.

Danny Ward was becoming more involved in the match down the right wing. The on-loan Bolton winger showed pace and power to beat two Peterborough men, cut into the box before smashing a shot against the bar.

Mackail-Smith again broke away and was brought down by Kay just outside the Town box but the referee Mr Tanner gave the defender the benefit of the doubt as it seemed Peter Clarke had a chance of catching the striker so the former Barnsley player only received a yellow card. On another day he could have easily been shown a red card but Mackail-Smith didn't half make a meal of it.

Gary Roberts, who worked tirelessly throughout the match, found himself on his own with two Peterborough defenders, he tried to play through Afobe but the pass was too heavy and the chance was gone.

With 12 minutes left it all caved in for Huddersfield Town. A silly free-kick was conceded on the right corner of the box, McCann whips the ball in and Rowe's flicked header hit's the back of the net.

Danny Ward was replaced by Danny Cadamarteri in what I presume was that Ward had hurt his back but within just two minutes of Posh taking the lead Mackail-Smith's shot deflected off Kay and trickled in to the bottom corner.

I think it was after the second goal that trouble had started in the upper tier of the West Stand in which some poor sod was getting badly beaten and seemed to take an eternity before anyone did anything about it. An ugly scene which I thought had left the game many of years ago, I hope these thugs are caught and put away from a long time.

Fans had also started throwing the free 'believe' t-shirts that had been proved by the club onto the pitch which was a rather sour event. Some born out of frustration but it must have felt like a slap in the face for chairman Dean Hoyle. Cast your minds back a mere 5 years ago we had no decent money to spend on players and that squad is no where near in terms of talent as our current squad. Dean Hoyle is one of the best things ever to happen to our great football club.

To wrap it up McCann scored a free-kick from the edge of the area on 85 minutes.

Devastated but we will be back. Pick ourselves up don't let the hangover last as just look at poor Swindon Town. The players and manager gave their all, 27 matches unbeaten up to this point, you couldn't have really asked for anymore.

Sean's Star Man - Antony Kay
Despite the defender nearly getting sent off I thought he had a decent game getting in some smart tackles and blocks as he had his hands full with Craig Mackail-Smith.


Town: Bennett, Hunt, P Clarke, Kay, Naysmith, Roberts, Peltier, Kilbane, Arfield (Lee 81), Ward (Cadamarteri 79), Afobe (Rhodes 81)
Subs not used: Colgan, McCombe, Gudjonsson, Novak.

Peterborough: Jones, Little, Zakuani, Bennett, Basey (Lee 64), Wesolowski, McCann, Rowe (Whelpdale 84), Boyd, Mackail-Smith, Tomlin (Ball 90)
Subs not used: Richardson, Langmead, Mendez-Laing, Newell.

Referee: Mr Tanner
Attendance: 48,410

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