Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Notts County

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 21/11/2011
A Jordan Rhodes brace was enough to take all three points and cement Huddersfield Town's name in the history books by going 43 matches unbeaten beating Nottingham Forest's record of 33 years ago.Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Notts County

Rhodes, back from international duty, struck seconds into the second half to put Town in front and then capitalised on a County error to notch his second the match. The Terriers spent the last half hour of the match with 10 men after Alan Lee was showed a straight red for apparently elbowing Sam Sodje. Neal Bishop pulled one back for The Magpies in the forth minute of added time.

After the squad change for the FA Cup match at Swindon Town the usual suspects were back in the starting XI. Ian Bennett returned in goal, Jack Hunt was back from suspension which meant Calum Woods was favoured at left back ahead of Gary Naysmith. Scott Arfield started at right midfield and Jordan Rhodes partnered Alan Lee in attack. Midfielder Tommy Miller was making his 500th career appearance.

The match started off with the referee giving some rather soft fouls after Town. It appeared if anyone stood near or breathed on County's Sam Sodje that they would receive a free-kick.

Former Town defender Krystian Pearce denied Lee a chance at goal and Sodje, who had been fouling and getting away with it, appeared to be fouling Rhodes when a chance on goal arose after Lee had headed back across goal from Hunt's cross.

County striker Karl Hawley should have done better with the visitors first effort at the Town goal. Pearce's ball over the top caught Town flat footed but Hawley could only fire wide.

By this point Sam Sodje had donned the referee's shirt and whistle by getting away with constant fouling. Arfield and Hunt combined with the latter's cross finding Lee but the big striker could only muster a header straight at Stuart Nelson.

With the half time break looming, Rhodes' hard work resulting in a Town corner but Lee headed over from Gary Roberts' cross.

With seconds of the half remaining Rhodes pounced on a poor back pass but Nelson was able to get a block on the ball and Sodje scrambled away the danger.

County offered little going forward but were difficult to break down which wasn't helped by a referee who gave free-kick for soft fouls against Town.

With just 25 seconds of the second half gone Arfield and Hunt combined and the latter's superb cross found Rhodes unmarked and the in form striker planted a header past the hapless Nelson.

The referee must have retrieved his referee shirt has he booked Sodje for a hacking down Alan Lee. County had a good chance to equalize but Town captain Peter Clarke denied Ben Burgess a header at goal after a smart cross from Alan Sheehan.

The controversial moment of the match happened just after the hour mark. Alan Lee and Sam Sodje both went up for the ball from Bennett's goal kick and the County defender collapsed in a heap on the floor which resulted in Lee being shown a straight red for an apparent elbow.

Sodje had been lucky to stay on the pitch in the first place with his persistent fouling but was taken off soon after the collision with Lee. Town manager Lee Clark made an instant change after the sending off, Gary Roberts was replaced with Anton Robinson.

Despite Town being down to ten men minutes later they doubled their lead. Pearce slipped whilst in possession and Rhodes raced away clear on goal and produced a smart finish from 25 yards past Nelson in the County goal.

The Magpies were applying pressure but didn't make their numerical advantage pay and Arfield nearly caught the County defence cold but a last ditch tackle from Gavin Mahon denied the Scotsman a effort at goal.

With the match now in the forth minute of the added on time County's Neal Bishop turned on the edge of the Town box to fire a sweetly struck effort past Bennett.

A win that sealed Town's place in the Football League history books with an amazing 43 games unbeaten record.

Sean's Star Man - Jordan Rhodes
Two chances two goals. The lad is on fire at the moment and long may it continue, every chance that comes to him there is only one place where it is going to end up. His second goal against County was a superb finish, seems to be getting better every game.


Town: Bennett, Woods, Clarke, Kay, Hunt, Roberts (Robinson 61), Johnson, Miller, Arfield, Lee, Rhodes (Novak 84)
Subs not used: Colgan, Cooper, Ward.

Notts County: Nelson, Kelly, Sodje (Edwards 66), Pearce, Sheehan, Judge, Bishop, Mahon, Hughes (Demontagnac 53), Burgess, Hawley (Hughes 67)
Subs not used: Stirling, Mitchell

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Attendance: 13,906


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