Match Report: Huddersfield Town 3-2 Brentford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 22/01/2012
Huddersfield Town came back from two goals behind to beat Brentford at a cold and wind swept Galpharm Stadium live in front of the Sky TV cameras.Match Report: Huddersfield Town 3-2 Brentford

The Terriers never really got going throughout the match and after a disastrous 30 minutes in which Brentford scored twice through Gary Alexander to race into a two goal lead. But, the Town side of today is made of sterner stuff and a controversial goal by striker Alan Lee started the comeback and then Jamie McCombe sent in the sides level at the break with a thumping header. Jordan Rhodes completed the comeback as early in the second half the striker noticed his 28th goal of the season in the blue and white colours.

Terriers boss Lee Clark was forced into one change before the match. Lee Novak picked up an ankle injury during training on Friday and failed a fitness test which resulted in Alan Lee partnering Rhodes in the Town attack. With Lee starting there was a place on the bench for on-loan striker Jon Parkin whose loan from Cardiff City is set to expire on Monday.

It was the visitors who started the strongest and really dominated the first 30 minutes. Sam Saunders took advantage of a poor clearance by Oscar Gobern but Peter Clarke was there on hand to deflect Saunders' curling shot wide.

The Town captain was alert minutes later, Jamie McCombe blocked Marcus Bean's effort on the edge of the area and Peter Clarke blocked Niall McGinn's follow up with a superb diving block.

Saunders and Alexander were linking up well for the visitors and they took the lead on 21 minutes from the penalty spot. Toumani Diagouraga played Bean into the Town penalty area and the midfielder was adjudged to have been fouled by Peter Clarke even though Bean never went down. Alexander took the penalty kick to send Ian Bennett the wrong way to but The Bees in front.

It didn't spark Town into life and Brentford just kept coming at The Terriers. Midfielder Jonathan Douglas linked up well with Alexander but the former Leeds man could only fire straight at Bennett.

Sure enough it was Alexander who made Town pay with his second goal of the game on 29 minutes. McGinn was unchallenged down the Town's left side and his cross from the byline found the unmarked Alexander who volleyed into the Town net from 6 yards out.

Seconds later Brentford could have made it 3-0 and really killed off the match but fortunately for Town, Bean missed the chance. Bean was put through on goal with a ball over the top from Douglas but when one-on-one with Bennett the midfielder miss kicked his shot.

Town registered their first effort when Peter Clarke headed wide from a Gary Roberts free-kick on 38 minutes but The Terriers got back into the game with a controversial goal from Alan Lee. Gary Roberts' volley was tipped onto the bar by Richard Lee and from the resulting corner Leon Legge's miscued header looped up in the air and Alan Lee used his strength to nod in on line for his 100th career goal. Brentford argued with the officials that Lee back backing into their goalkeeper (Richard Lee went down far too softly in my opinion) but the goal stood.

Brentford were now rattled. Bees manager Uwe Rosler was livid on the touchline and left-back Jake Bidwell was cautioned for dissent. The tackles were now flying in and Douglas was booked for a high tackle on Town right-back Jack Hunt.

From the resulting free-kick for the foul on Hunt, Town drew level with virtually the last kick of the first half. Danny Ward's sweet free-kick found McCombe who's flicked header looped into the net giving Richard Lee no chance.

Lee Clark must have said a few words at half-time as Town did pick up in the second half and within minutes of the restart Gary Roberts nearly put Town in front with a superb chipped effort that hit the bar after playing a sweet one-two with Rhodes.

Sure enough on 50 minutes it was that man Jordan Rhodes who struck what was eventually to be the winner. Danny Ward hit a ball over the top from deep inside his own half that sent the striker racing away on goal, Rhodes held off Marcel Egar with ease before sliding the sliding the ball into the net with such precision.

Rosler threw on Clayton Donaldson for McGinn when Town took the lead and the striker had the visitors first effort on goal in the second half but his shot flew harmlessly wide of Bennett's goal.

It was another Brentford sub that could have got The Bees back on level terms. Myles Weston, on for Marcus Bean, cut inside from the right flank and danced past three Town players before hitting a tame effort wide of the Town goal from the edge of the area.

Danny Cadamarteri made an appearance off the bench for Gary Roberts, who was unlucky to score, but it turns out that Roberts needs a hernia operation and is likely to be out for six weeks which could be a big blow to Town.

With 15 minutes remaining Weston was unable to capitalise on some shoddy Town defending. Tommy Miller gave away the ball on the edge of the Town box but Weston's effort flew harmlessly over the bar.

Miller almost scored minutes later but his half-volley flew wide after good work from Cadamarteri but Town held on to secure an important three points.

On the balance of play a draw probably would have been a fair result but this win could prove crucial to Town come end of the season.

Sean's Star Man – Alan Lee
I thought Alan Lee played well put himself about, winning the battle in the air and really gave Leon Legge a headache throughout the 90 minutes.

Teams:

Town: Bennett, Naysmith, P Clarke, McCombe, Hunt, Roberts (Cadamarteri 67), Gobern, Miller, Ward (T Clarke 82), A Lee (Robinson 72), Rhodes.
Subs not used: Colgan, Parkin.

Brentford: R Lee, Bennett, Eger, Legge, Bidwell, McGinn (Donaldson 52), Douglas, Diagouraga, Saunders (Forrester 76), Bean (Weston 65), Alexander.
Subs not used: Dean, Moore.

Attendance: 14,405
Referee: C Webster.

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