Match Report: Huddersfield Town 3-1 Preston

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 23/10/2011
Huddersfield Town stay second in the npower League One table thanks to a superb hat trick from striker Jordan Rhodes, his second hat trick is as many games and has now scored 13 goals in 5 games for both club and country.Match Report: Huddersfield Town 3-1 Preston

A decent crowd of over 16,000 turned out at the Galpharm Stadium with over 2,500 making their way from Preston but there was trouble outside the ground before kick off and some minor disturbances during the match.

Preston were in a rich vain of form up until the start of October with 8 straight wins but since the start of the month North End have now lost their last four games in a row.

Lee Clark stuck with the same team that beat Exeter City 4-0 at St. James' Park last Saturday and just 30 seconds into the match midfielder Tommy Miller forced Iain Turner into a save with a low shot from the edge of the area.

The Terriers did take the lead on 4 minutes and it was the man in form Jordan Rhodes who got the goal. A long ball over the top was chased by Rhodes but it looked as though Turner would get to the ball first but the Preston 'keeper kicked thin air and Rhodes had the simple task of putting the bar into the empty net.

After Town took the lead Preston grew in confidence and had a good 15-20 minute spell of the match dominating the possession. The visitors nearly equalized when Iain Hume and Juvhell Tsoumou linked up well with Hume having a shot at goal just inside the Town penalty box, the ball looped up in the air off Peter Clarke and it looked as though it was to loop into the net over Ian Bennett but the veteran 'keeper superbly palmed the ball wide at full stretch.

Peter Clarke then denied Adam Barton with another block and then Tsoumou wasted a good chance. The German striker raced on to a ball over the top and turned inside Antony Kay but rather than set up a fellow team mate the striker chose to shoot but the shot went horribly wide from around 12 yards out.

Town held on and withstood the heavy pressure and doubled their lead three minutes before the break. That man again Jordan Rhodes was in the right place at the right time to get in between two Preston defenders to power in a header in off the post after a deep cross into the box from Jack Hunt.

The Terriers come out in the second half and started to take control of the match. Rhodes tested Turner in the opening minutes of the second half with a curling effort from the edge of the area and Scott Arfield had a shot that was blocked by Clarke Carlisle.

Town's dominance resulted in Jordan Rhodes grabbing his third goal of the match just before the hour. Arfield raced away down the right flank before cutting the ball back to Rhodes who was just inside the penalty area. Rhodes took a touch which fooled Carlisle before smashing the ball past the hapless Turner in the Preston goal.

Just four minutes later Preston hit one back which proved to be a mere consolation goal. A sloppy ball to Woods which was intercepted by Barton, Conor McLaughlin send Hume away down the Town left and his cross picked out Tsoumou who dispatched from six yards out.

After the Preston goal neither side really created any clear-cut chances but a few feisty challenges from both sides resulted in referee Mark Halsey dishing out a few yellow cards.

With ten minutes to go Miller tripped Danny Mayor 25 yards out from the Town goal which resulted in Miller being booked. Preston winger Keammar Daley, on as a sub, hit a lovely curled shot over the wall but Bennett pulled off another superb save to tip the ball wide at full stretch.

As the clock ticked down sub Danny Ward went close as he fired a shot just wide after latching on to Rhodes' header.

Was a good display from Town in front of their own fans against a good side who will probably be around the promotion push come end of the season. For me the best performance at home for a while.

Sean's Star Man - Jordan Rhodes
Everything this lad touches at the minute turns to gold. 13 goals in his last 5 games for club and country just shows how lethal the striker is in front of goal. His all round game against Preston was excellent and he didn't half give the Preston defence a headache all match.

Teams:

Town: Bennett, Woods, Kay, Clarke, Hunt, Roberts (Ward 69), Miller, Johnson, Arfield, Rhodes, Lee (Novak 65).
Subs not used: Colgan, Naysmith, Robinson.

Preston: Turner, McLean (McLaughlin 55), Carlisle, Devine, Parry, Coutts, Ashbee (Daley 55), Barton, Mayor, Hume (Gray 69), Tsoumou.
Subs not used: Arsetidou, Alexander.

Referee: Mark Halsey
Attendance: 16,804 (2,608 Preston fans)

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