Report: Sheffield Wednesday 4-4 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 19/12/2011
An unbelievable game of football unfolded at Hillsborough as Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes scored all four goals for his side in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.Report: Sheffield Wednesday 4-4 Huddersfield Town

The Scotland international put The Terriers into a two goal lead but Wednesday fought back with two goals in two minutes as the two sides went in level at the break. In the second half it looked as though The Owls had killed the game off as they raced into a 4-2 lead but Rhodes hit back with this third of the match with 12 minutes to go and then in the 7th minute of added on time the striker unbelievably scored an equalizer to send the travelling Town faithful into raptures.

Sheffield Wednesday sat in 2nd place of League One with The Terriers occupying 4th place so the match was big for both team in the race for automatic promotion. After last week's disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth, Town manager Lee Clark made four changes. Damien Johnson was out through injury and Calum Woods, Scott Arfield, Anton Robinson and Jon Parkin were dropped in favour for Gary Naysmith, Oscar Gobern, Ex-Owl Tommy Miller and Lee Novak respectively.

Town started the better side and dominated the opening 20 minutes as Wednesday never got a look in with Town having all the possession. Rhodes showed signs of things to come with a header from Novak's cross that went over and glancing a header wide from Miller's cross moments later.

With the dominating possession it was only a matter of time before The Terriers took the lead and they did so on 14 minutes. Roberts had possession down the left flank and his cross found Rhodes who planted a header into the roof of the net past Stephen Bywater.

Just two minutes later the striker got his second of the match and sent Town racing into a two goal lead. Novak, Gobern and Miller were involved in the build up with the latter's pass sending Roberts racing down the left flank and another superb cross by the winger found Rhodes at near post to plant another header into the net after getting in front of his marker Rob Jones.

Just minutes later Rhodes could have scored his hat-trick within 20 minutes when Naysmith's pass send the striker racing away and his curling shot from 20 yards out flew just wide of Bywater's post.

Wednesday hadn't had a sniff but after Chris O'Grady came close after being set up by David Prutton the home side scored twice in three minutes.
First Danny Ward lost possession on the left flank just outside the Town box and Ben Marshall's cross found the rising Jones at the far post who dispatched with an header on 26 minutes.

Then, in the 28th minute, some abysmal defending by Town allowed Reda Johnson to score the equalizer. With the Town defence failing to clear their lines Sanchez Watt had a shot that hit the bar, Ian Bennett blocked O'Grady's follow up and Naysmith dallied on the ball which allowed Marshall to steal and his pull back gave Johnson an easy task of scoring from four yards out.

Wednesday now had the wind in their sails and it was a real test of Town's nerve but they managed to hold on to the break. Passes were going astray and The Owls capitalised on every missed pass with O'Grady easily beating Peter Clarke after being put through by Chris Lines but the former Rochdale striker could only fire into the side netting.

The second half started with Wednesday the better of the two teams but Naysmith tested Bywater with a long range effort within a couple of minutes of the restart and Gobern had a header off target from a Roberts corner.

Alex Bruce was lucky not to be shown a red as he looked to have handled the ball as Wednesday's Ryan Lowe broke through on goal. The referee Darren Deadman, who annoyed both sets of supporters throughout the game, showed the on-loan defender just a yellow.

The game took a turn for the worst for The Terriers on the 63rd minute when Bywater's clearance caught the Town defence cold and Marshall broke away down the left before holding off Jack Hunt, cutting inside and curling a shot past Bennett into the far corner.

Town had a great chance to equalize in the 74th minute when Donal McDermott, on as a sub for Ward, swung in deep cross from the right which found Rhodes in the area, the striker laid the ball off for his partner Novak but the former Gateshead man failed to connect with ball whilst under pressure from Prutton.

It seemed as though Town were made to pay for that missed chance when the home side when 4-2 ahead a minute later. Miller's foul on Marshall saw Lines' deep free-kick finding the unmarked O'Grady who's flicked header looped over Bennett.

Town responded three minutes later when Rhodes notched his hat-trick. Roberts was set free by Gobern and the winger's through pass saw Rhodes fire into the bottom corner just inside of the Wednesday penalty area.

As time ticked away and with five minutes added Bennett denied Lowe a chance to really kill the game off and Jose Semedo put the rebound just wide. With the five minutes up and the Wednesday fans whistling frantically it was only a matter of time before the referee blew the whistle, but Clarke's through ball was latched on to by Rhodes and with two Wednesday defenders chasing him he beautifully hit a shot with the outside of his foot that flew past Bywater to spark wild celebrations in the away end.

It is a game that will live long in the memory and a writer of fiction couldn't have written it better but the game did show the defensive frailties that Town do have but luckily we have a striker who is playing out of his skin at the moment with 17 goals in the league and 25 goals so far for club and country with four hat-tricks along the way.

Sean's Star Man - Jordan Rhodes
Four classic finishes by the striker with the last one being the pick of the bunch with a absolutely class finish. I hope he is still at the club come the end of the January.


Sheffield Wednesday: Bywater, Tavernier, Batth, Jones, R Johnson, Prutton, Semedo, Lines, Marshall (Bennett 90), O'Grady, Watt (Lowe 46).
Subs not used: O'Donnell, J Johnson, Morrison.

Town: Bennett, Hunt, Bruce, Clarke, Naysmith, Roberts, Gobern, Miller, Ward (McDermott 71), Rhodes, Novak (Parkin 82).
Subs not used: Colgan, Arfield, Woods

Referee: D Deadman
Attendance: 28,600.


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