Match Report: Town 3-2 Colchester United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 22/08/2011
Huddersfield Town recorded their first victory of the season by doing it the hard way after coming back from behind to record a 3-2 victory thanks to a brace from Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak.Match Report: Town 3-2 Colchester United

It was a game of two halves as Town laboured in the first half but got off to a fantastic start when Jordan Rhodes put in front after just three minutes. Colchester made an instant reply when powerful striker Kayode Odejayi levelled the score and then Michael Antonio's header put the U's in front.

No doubt Terriers manager Lee Clark had a few things to say at half time and it seemed to do the trick as they deservedly struck level through another Rhodes goal and then Lee Novak notched his 4th goal of the season which proved to be the winner.

Lee Clark had a rant at the media and at the Town fans that were at Hartlepool on Tuesday night who chanted "you don't know what you're doing" when the Terriers boss subbed off Lee Novak to which Clark responded to in an interview as "bordering on disgraceful". From the side that drew with Hartlepool on Tuesday night ,Clark made three changes including switching to a 4-4-2 system. Back in the team came Rhodes, Donal McDermott and Anton Robinson at the expense of Danny Ward, Scott Arfield and Oscar Gobern.

It was a fantastic start for The Terriers when Rhodes put them in the lead after only three minutes. Jack Hunt made the goal after stealing the ball from Michael Antonio, the quick right-back went on a run jinxing his way into the Colchester area and after a lucky ricochet he squared the ball back to Rhodes who dispatched into the net.

Straight from the kick-off Colchester were back level. Ian Henderson's long ball found the on-rushing Kayode Odejayi and as Town captain Peter Clarke couldn't keep up with the powerful striker, the former Barnsley man fired past Ian Bennett from the edge of the area.

The U's goalkeeper Mark Cousins kept the scores level after a brilliant point-blank save to deny Rhodes. Donal McDermott cut inside from the right wing and delivered a superb cross to Rhodes waiting at the far post but his strong header was denied by Cousins.

Colchester failed to clear the resulting corner after Odejayi denied Peter Clarke's effort on the line after Tommy Miller whipped the ball across goal.

Playing five across the middle Colchester were keeping the ball well, at times played some decent football and they took the lead with 27 minutes gone. No one picked up the runner down the right wing which allowed Henderson to cross to the far post which allowed a unmarked Michael Antonio to nod in at the far post.

Colchester could have been 3-1 in front when Odejayi rose highest to head into the net but the goal was chalked off as the linesman flagged for offside.

In first half injury time another cross into the Town box, this time from Michael Rose, caused havoc in The Terriers defence and Odejayi should have extended Colchester's lead but Gary Naysmith did enough to put off the striker.

At the break Town boss Lee Clark threw on Danny Ward in place of Gary Roberts with the change having an immediate effect. Ward's running the U's defence caused them all sorts of problems and should have done better with a header that failed to hit the target.

Lee Novak skipped past two Colchester defenders and clipped a cross from the by-line with Rhodes in acres of space but fortunately for the U's defender Michael Rose superb intervention denied Town a certain equalizer.

Terriers captain Peter Clarke went on a run just inside Colchester's half and burst into the box but his cut back was well intercepted by Cousins and cleared by Matt Heath as Novak was waiting to pounce.

Town got their deserved equalizer just before the hour mark. Rhodes linked up well with Novak before having a 25-yard strike that looped up over Cousins and into the net with an aid of a deflection.

Five minutes later and The Terriers were back in front thanks to Lee Novak. McDermott's superb ball over the top found the on-rushing Novak and the former Gateshead striker neatly lobbed the ball over on-rushing Cousins and into the net.

Rhodes went close to grabbing his hat-trick with over ten minutes left. U's midfielder John-Joe O'Toole was booked for bringing down Danny Ward on the edge of the box and resulting free-kick, a curling effort by Rhodes, flew inches over the bar.

Town were under the cosh at the game headed towards the final whistle. Colchester looked like they have another goal in them as Bond nicked the ball off Hunt in the Town half, Henderson picked up the ball and his curling shot from the left hand edge of the Town box failed to hit the target.

One of the worst decisions I've seen made by a referee was when two Colchester players collided down the left flank and the referee gave the U's a free-kick to them!

The Terriers held on for their first win of the season and showed great desire and resilience to come back from 2-1 down to win the match but Town's defence frailties need to be addressed.

Sean's Star Man - Lee Novak
Another fine performance by the former Gateshead striker and gives his all to the cause. Has taken his pre-season form into the league season and looks on fire this season.


Town: Bennett, Naysmith, P.Clarke, McCombe, Hunt, Roberts (Ward 45), Robinson, Miller, McDermott (Arfield 81), Rhodes (Kay 89), Novak.
Subs not used: Colgan, Lee.

Colchester: Cousins, Wilson, Okounghae (White 77), Heath, Rose, O'Toole, Izzet (Bond 71), Antonio (Coker 46), Wordsworth, Odejayi, Henderson.
Subs not used: James, Gillespie.

Referee: Iain Williamson
Attendance: 11,043 (145 away)


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