Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Ipswich Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 24/02/2013
Certainly a match to forget for those that were in attendance at the John Smith's Stadium. Both teams are goal-shy scoring the least amount of goals (34) in the Championship and it lived just up to that in one of the dullest games you're ever likely to see.Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Ipswich Town

The only positive to take from the match was that Huddersfield Town kept a clean sheet after conceding 10 goals in 3 days but Ipswich offered little and were there for the taking but sadly Town fluffed their lines.

There were some chances for Town but sadly Lee Novak and on-loan Theo Robinson missed the best chances in front of goal.

The prodigal son Robinson returned for his second spell at Town on Friday agreeing a loan deal with his parent club Derby County to keep the striker until the end of the season.

Robinson started on the bench but manager Mark Robins made some bold changes after the disaster at Nottingham Forest 4 days earlier. Jack Hunt was dropped to the bench in favour for Paul Dixon, Oscar Gobern made his first start of the season ahead of Ollie Norwood, Scott Arfield was preferred ahead of Sean Scanell and Antony Gerrard returned from injury and went straight into the starting XI in place of Joel Lynch. Norwood, Scannell and Lynch were all on the bench.

Town passed the ball well at times but lacked any real threat in the final third of the pitch. Arfield was the first to have a strike at goal with a deflected drive from the edge of the Ipswich box after Adam Clayton's free-kick was cleared.

Alex Smithies had rarely anything to do in the first half, Ipswich's long balls over the top were easily dealt with by the young Town goalkeeper.

On 35 minutes Novak had a great chance to fire Town into the lead. Clayton played a lovely through ball for the Town striker but under pressure from an Ipswich defender Novak failed to test Stephen Henderson in the Ipswich goal.

James Vaughan hit a long range effort that was straight at Henderson as the first half drew to a close and Arfield had a drive that was well blocked by Tractor Boys' Luke Hyam.

Ipswich were just as bad if not worse when it came to the final third often putting crosses into the Fantastic Media stand and Carlos Edwards did just that when Ipswich were on the attack early in the first half.

Novak was denied by Henderson as Clayton's pass fell to him, Henderson was quick off his line to deny Novak at this feet and Neil Danns' follow up was blocked by Ipswich bodies.

Robinson was brought on for Novak with just over half an hour remaining and could have made an immediate impact. Vaughan's pass over the top of the Ipswich defender led to Robinson being through on goal but the striker kicked thin air as he tried a volley.

Adam Clayton was then subbed for Jack Hunt which bewildered the Town faithful and was greeted with loud boos.

Ipswich didn't create any clear cut chances but Smithies and Peter Clarke put their bodies on the line when Ipswich got into the Town penalty area as the game drew to a close.

Next up is an away trip to Burnley on Tuesday night. If you offered me 0-0 now I'd snap your hand off.

Teams:

Town: Smithies, Dixon, Gerrard, P.Clarke, Woods, Gobern (Scannell 64), Danns, Arfield, Clayton (Hunt 76), Novak (Robinson 58), Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Norwood, Hunt, Lynch, Wallace.

Ipswich: Henderson, Hyam, Chambers, Stearman, Cresswell, Smith, N'Daw, Edwards, Martin (Drury 78), Chopra (Nouble 83), McGoldrick (Murphy 54).
Sub not used: Loach, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, McLean.

Attendance: 13,083
Referee: Mike Dean.

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