Report: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Brighton

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 17/11/2012
A poor first half display by Huddersfield Town let visitors Brighton race into a two-goal lead in which Town never recovered from.Report: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Brighton

Victims of their own mistakes as sloppy play from a quick taken corner allowed Brighton winger Will Buckley to score within the first five minutes of the match and then two individual errors led to the winger scoring his second of the afternoon with five minutes to go before the break.

The Terriers huffed and puffed second half and were unlucky to score but did get what proved to be a consolation in stoppage time through Simon Church.

Brighton are an organised team packed with skill and flair but their time wasting tactics really spoil their style of football. The referee Simon Hooper didn't really help giving some really strange decisions against Town that infuriated the home supporters.

Town midfielder Oliver Norwood returned to the starting XI in place of the injured Sean Scannell who was injured in training during the week. Jermaine Beckford was absent along with James Vaughan who are both injured.

The visitors were straight out of the blocks with former Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith firing wide and raced into the lead on with just 5 minutes played. A short corner had the Town players looking at each other asking what to do now and Buckley weaved his way into the area before firing a low shot into the net with his left foot.

Peter Brezovan, Brighton's second-choice goalkeeper starting because on an injury to first-choice Thomasz Kuszczak in the warm-up, probably won't have an easier first half in his career all he had to deal with was Adam Clayton's free-kick straight at him after Danny Ward had been fouled.

Ashley Barnes should have doubled the visitors lead on 15 minutes when a poor clearance in the Town penalty area by Jack Hunt fell to the striker 12 yards from goal but fortunately for Town his shot flew past the post.

Simon Church headed over from Ward's cross and Barnes thought he had made it 2-0 with a headed goal from a free-kick only to be ruled out for offside but with 5 minutes to go to half-time Brighton did make it 2-0.

Buckley, such a thorn in Town's side, Keith Southern was robbed of the ball in midfield and the through ball was misjudged by Joel Lynch. The former Watford man looked to have blown the chance taking to many touches but calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

The home side must have had Grayson's words ringing in their ears as for the first 15 minutes of the second half it was all Town.

Paul Dixon's excellent cross found the head of Lee Novak but his header deflected wide for a Town corner and then Jack Hunt's surging run forward resulting it Novak failing to get a clean connection on a low cross that rolled harmlessly wide.

Town pilled on the pressure but the Brighton defence held firm shots being deflected everywhere or the ball wouldn't fall kindly.
Alan Lee was brought on with 68 minutes played and was pretty much just constantly fouled for the rest of the game and had a good penalty shout late in the game.

Buckley was in search of his hat trick and his must have thought he had got it on 72 minutes only to see Alex Smithies pull off a smart save. The winger cut inside of Dixon and his shot from the edge of the Town box was superbly tipped wide by the young goalkeeper.

Peter Clarke's header across goal from a Town corner looked dangerous only for Bruno Saltor to head away the danger.

The clock was ticking away has Town went in search of some solace and did get one back on 90 minutes through Simon Church. The on-loan Reading striker pounced on a Brezovan mistake as the Brighton stopper failed to hold on to Ward's powerful shot from the edge of the area.


Town: Smithies, Dixon, Lynch, P. Clarke, Hunt, Ward, Norwood (Arfield 71), Southern (Hammill 68), Clayton, Novak (Lee 68), Church.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Gerrard, Robinson.

Brighton: Brezovan, Saltor, Greer, Dunk, Painter (Calderon 75), Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi, Buckley, Mackail-Smith (Hoskins 67), Barnes (Dicker 61).
Subs not used: Lopez, Dobbie, LuaLua

Attendance: 13,299 (712 away fans)
Referee: Simon Hooper.


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