Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Bradford City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 06/08/2013
Huddersfield Town are through to the 2nd round of the Capital One Cup after beating Bradford City in a West Yorkshire derby at the John Smith's Stadium.Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Bradford City

A brace from striker James Vaughan ensured a Town are through to the second round for the first time since 2008 but Bradford's Nahki Wells drove in a late goal to give Town a scare in the final few minutes of the game but that is all it was.

The Terriers bossed the game for the majority of the match with Adam Clayton central to Town's dominance with the Bantams, last season's Capital One Cup finalists, rarely threatening.

Mark Robins adopted a 3-5-2 formation, Robins later admitted they only practiced this formation the day before, playing Anthony Gerrard as a third centre back along with Peter Clarke and Joel Lynch with Oliver Norwood making his first start of the season in a five-man midfield. Jake Carroll made his debut for Town playing at left wing back.

Town started the brightest having all the possession but Vaughan couldn't find the target with an acrobatic volley from Jack Hunt's cross.

Martin Paterson fired over before Bradford's first attack resulted in Alex Smithies catching a weak header from Raffaele De Vita on 19 minutes.

Clayton fired an effort wide and Gerrard should have done better with a header from a corner kick before Paterson missed a decent chance from Norwood's clever ball.

Whilst Town dominated the possession Kyle Reid was taking charge of the game as every time he hit the floor he got a free-kick with one being a blatant dive that should have seen him to into the book.

Hunt gave away the ball on the edge of his own area allowing Alan Connell to cross and it nearly caused confusion in the Town box but luckily Vaughan was on hand to clear any danger.

Jonathan Hogg fired wide before Clayton had a superb individual effort cleared off the line after he had skilfully beaten three City players to get his shot away.

Town finally made their dominance pay with just three minutes to go before the break thanks to Vaughan. The striker picked up the ball just outside the box and swivelled to fire a low shot into the left hand bottom corner of Jon McLaughlin's goal.

Adam Hammill replaced Hunt at the break with the right-back picking up a hamstring injury and the former Wolves man supplied the cross for Vaughan's second goal of the night on 54 minutes. The winger put it on a plate and it was food and drink for Vaughan as he planted a header into the back of the net.

City nearly got Town cold straight from the kick off when Gary Thompson fired a low shot from Connell's flick on that Smithies had to collect at the second attempt.

The Bantams made three changes which included two strikers in James Hanson and Nahki Wells whilst the Terriers brought on Jon Stead for Vaughan giving Stead his first appearance in his second spell with the club.

Paterson failed to connect from a ball over the top with the goal at his mercy whilst at the other end Thompson failed to connect from James Meredith's cross.

As the clock hit 90 minutes Wells fired in a 25-yard effort that gave Town a few anxious moments during the two minutes of added time in which City had two corners but it was too little too late for a Bantams revival.

Sean's Star Man – Adam Clayton
Back in his natural position Clayton revelled in the role and was central to making Town tick.

Teams:

Town: Smithies, Lynch, Gerrard (Wallace 84), Clarke, Carroll, Hogg, Norwood, Clayton, Hunt (Hammill 46), Paterson, Vaughan (Stead 62).
Subs not used: Bennett, Scannell, Lopez, Ward.

Bradford: McLaughlin, Darby, McHugh, Doyle, Taylor (Meredith 63), Thompson, Ravenhill, Kennedy, Reid, Connell (Hanson 63), De Vita (Wells 63).
Subs not used: Ripley, Davies, Yeates, Jones.

Referee: Mark Haywood
Attendance: 11,630.

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