Report: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Hull City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 30/03/2013
George Boyd's second half goal was enough to condemn Huddersfield Town to back to back home defeats and keep Hull City promotion chase right on track in a poor game of football at the John Smith's Stadium live in front of the Sky cameras.Report: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Hull City

Often such a thorn in Town's side having scored from the halfway line against The Terriers earlier in the season whilst playing for Peterborough United, Boyd lashed in the only goal of the game within a minute of the second half.

Town as in the away fixture at Hull earlier in the season never really looked threatening and The Tigers goalkeeper David Stockdale, once a Town junior, had a relatively quiet night.

This defeat now leaves Town two points above the drop zone as results elsewhere went against The Terriers but the inability to create chances must be a worry to manager Mark Robins as well as the Town faithful.

Talk before the match was the march from the town centre to the stadium in a protest against West Yorkshire Police's strategy for handling the Hull fans, it was said that only 400 tickets had been bought by City fans.

Many were expecting a positive Town performance after they came away with a 2-1 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road two weeks ago and an attacking outlook was given when Jermaine Beckford was started up front alongside James Vaughan.

Hull's Jay Simpson had the first chance of the game when David Meyler's ball broke to him just inside the Town penalty area but his half volley on the turn was straight down Alex Smithies' throat.

Neil Danns was as busy as ever in the Town midfield and had the home side's first chance when Ahmed Elmohamady gave the ball away on the edge of his own penalty area but luckily for him Danns shot flew just wide of the post.

Oliver Norwood presented the ball to Vaughan after disposing of Meyler but the striker's effort was a tame one whilst at the other end Robert Koren got the better of Jack Hunt and his low cross across the face goal found Simpson but the former Arsenal trainee was denied by Antony Gerrard.

Both sides failed to threatened in front of goal and Town were handling Hull's attacking threat well limiting them to few chances but within 46 seconds of the second half the away side charged into the lead.

Virtually straight from the kick off Simpson's through ball caught Peter Clarke and Antony Gerrard napping and George Boyd raced onto the ball and smashed it into the roof of the net from 18 yards.

The goal was the only highlight in a poor game in which the referee Darren Deadman wanted centre stage handing out yellows at will at which at one point Vaughan had to be dragged away by his teammates after the referee booked the striker for dissent.

Town huffed and puffed but again failed to create any real clear cut chances. Danns could have done better with a header from a trademark Hunt cross and Vaughan attempted an ambitious overhead kick which flew wide.

Hull with the quality in their squad always looked threatening going forward and Boyd could have grabbed his second after Town failed to clear but luckily the midfielder fired straight at Smithies.

Oscar Gobern had a 25 yard effort that flew woefully wide and sub Danny Ward squandered a free-kick from a good position firing miles high.

Theo Robinson was thrown on for Beckford with two minutes to go, the quickest I've seen Beckford move since he's been here.

Sean's Star Man - Neil Danns
Worked hard as usual, looked the only Town player likely to make something happen.


Town: Smithies, Hunt, P Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Gobern, Norwood (Ward 59), Danns, Clayton (Scannell 71), Vaughan, Beckford (Robinson 88).
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Novak.

Hull: Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce (Evans 74), Elmohamady (Rosenior 75), Meyler, Faye, Koren, Brady, Boyd (Cairney 89), Simpson.
Subs not used: Jakupovic, Fathi, Gedo, Proschwitz.

Attendance: 11,997
Referee: Darren Deadman.


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