Cardiff City 5-3 Huddersfield Town (AET)

Huddersfield Town story posted by Garfield (Admin) on 23/08/2011
Huddersfield Town's Carling Cup adventure came to an end this evening after very nearly pulling off one of the round's shock results against Championship side Cardiff City.Cardiff City 5-3 Huddersfield Town (AET)

The game didn't start too well for the Terriers and ended up being 2-0 down come the half-time interval. The Bluebirds' Gábor Gyepes opened the scoring for the home team in the 16th minute with Jon Parkin netting the second a minute later leaving Town with a mountain to climb.

Thankfully for the dedicated travelling away fans, Town started to ascend up that mountain in the 2nd half of the match when striker Jordan Rhodes closed in on a clearance from Paul Quinn and smashed the ball in to the back of the net from an acute angle. Town were now well and truly back in it.

In the 70th minute Danny Ward equalised for the Terriers as his shot from the edge of the area beat the Cardiff 'keeper and went straight in to the bottom corner of the goal.

Eighteen minutes later in the 88th minute Town topped off a remarkable comeback when Oscar Gobern slid the ball through to Rhodes who made no mistake of finishing, beating Heaton for the 2nd time of the match. Surely that would be the match winner with only minutes to go?

This unfortunately wasn't the case, however, as Cardiff equalised in stoppage time when Don Cowie slotted away a Craig Conway cross. Extra time was now to follow with the game ending at 3-3.

Six minutes into extra time, Conway drove at the Terriers' defence and unleashed a 25-yard effort that beat Town's goalkeeper Ian Bennett with the aid of a deflection. In the 117th minute Cowie then made sure of the win by thrashing home after Bennett and Gary Naysmith had blocked efforts from substitute Kenny Miller.

A great effort by Town, showing plenty of character to comeback from 2-0 down. Very unfortunate to concede in stoppage time and I'm sure Lee Clark will take many positives from the game, though maybe a few negatives too.


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