Report: Huddersfield Town 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 12/12/2011
Huddersfield Town suffered their first defeat at the Galpharm Stadium since Hartlepool United beat The Terriers on Boxing Day last year. It was a laboured performance by Town from the first kick to the last they never got going and in the words of manager Lee Clark "went out on a whimper".Report: Huddersfield Town 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

The visitors Bournemouth were a well-balanced team and look better than their league position suggests and they took all three points back to the south coast thanks to a goal from midfielder Harry Arter.

Town could only muster one chance on target the entire match from Jordan Rhodes and in the first half the striker put a good chance wide but it was the worst performance by Town in Lee Clark's tenure and the worst I've seen Town play for a while.

Jon Parkin, on loan from Cardiff City, was given a home debut and the on-loan Alex Bruce was handed a full debut along side Peter Clarke in defence. Danny Ward was given a place ahead of Gary Roberts who was on the bench.

Bournemouth started the most promising with the dangerous Wes Thomas driving a low shot into the arms of Ian Bennett after just three minutes and Arter tested Bennett after good work from Thomas and Scott Malone.

Town were sloppy, passes were going astray and their seemed to be no spark about them and the visitors made them pay on 19 minutes. A long ball up field was chased by Thomas the striker outmuscled Clarke on the right flank and after seeing his first cross blocked by Bruce he found the on-rushing Arter at the second attempt and the midfielder planted the ball into the back of the net.

Wes Thomas' power and pace was giving Town all sorts of problems and he could have got on the score sheet had he had done better from a Charlie Daniels cross.

A Ward set-piece on the half hour mark found Rhodes but the striker failed to get his header on target. That proved to be the best chance for Town the entire match.

The ball was skidding away in the wet conditions and Town's laboured passing made things worse. Thomas again broke away from the Town backline but fortunate for Town the on-rushing Ian Bennett came out from his goal to deny the striker a chance on goal.

Bournemouth kept the ball well and had done their homework on Town by closing them down at every opportunity. The Town midfield went largely missing throughout the match and Calum Woods was missing when Simon Francis had all the time in the world to gallop down the left flank and fire into the side netting.

Bennett made sure that Bournemouth didn't double their advantage before the break pulling off a one handed save to deny Malone with a powerful header.

Things got bad to worse for Town when early in the second half Jack Hunt was stretched off after a collision with Daniels. The right-back had been doing his trademark burst of pace down the flank but it looked as though the youngster fell awkward in the challenge with Daniels.

Lee Clark ran the changes on came Lee Novak for John Parkin and Gary Roberts replaced Anton Robinson but it was to no avail in changing the match as Town whimpered through the second half.

Town first and only shot on target came through Rhodes when the striker had a 25 yard effort and was a comfortable save for Flahavan in the Bournemouth goal.

Wes Thomas went off in the 78th minute and some sections of the Town crowd gave the striker a standing ovation. It was his last game of his loan spell from Crawley Town and I'm sure Bournemouth fans can't wait to make the deal permanent after that performance.

Peter Clarke was thrown up front in the last 10 minutes to try salvage something from the match but it still failed to give Bournemouth any problems and the visitors deservedly took all three points back to the south coast.

Sean's Star Man
Really it should to be to Bournemouth's Wes Thomas but it has to be a Town player and that player is Ian Bennett for the simple fact it could have been a lot worse if he hadn't pulled off some smart saves.


Town: Bennett, Woods, Clarke, Bruce, Hunt (Naysmith 50), Ward, Robinson (Roberts 62), Johnson, Arfield, Parkin (Novak 55), Rhodes.
Subs not used: Colgan, Miller.

Bournemouth: Flahavan, Francis, Barrett, Cook, Daniels, Pugh, Gregory, Arter (Purches 71), Malone (Fogden 67), Thomas (Symes 79), Cooper.
Subs not used: Jalal, Sheringham.

Attendance: 13,930 (216 away fans)
Referee: A Bates.


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