Report: Huddersfield Town 3-2 Leeds United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 26/10/2013
Huddersfield-born Jon Stead hit a late winner as Huddersfield Town grabbed the win in a goal-fest West Yorkshire derby with Leeds United at the John Smith's Stadium.Report: Huddersfield Town 3-2 Leeds United

Leeds had taken the lead inside two minutes through Matt Smith's header but Danny Ward put Town back on level terms with a thumping effort.

United's Tom Leeds diverted Adam Hammill's cross into his own net to put Town in front before Dexter Blackstock equalised with his first touch.

Stead grabbed his first goal since returning to his hometown club with 13 minutes to go firing in from close range on the turn which proved to be the winner.

Stead now joins the list of players to score for Town against Leeds who have come through the Huddersfield youth academy (in the last eight meetings and for the record the others are Andy Holdsworth, Joe Skarz, Michael Collins, Nathan Clarke and Chris Atkinson).

It was an interesting game with both teams going for it but for me Town edged it, Leeds were only dangerous from set-pieces.

The talk before kick-off was the alleged fight between Adam Clayton and Martin Paterson in training on the Friday, neither were in the match day squad neither was defender Anthony Gerrard.

Terriers boss Mark Robins made four changes to the team that lost to Leicester City the previous week. Duane Holmes made his first professional start for the club and Keith Southern made his first league start of the season. Jazz Richards started at right back and Jon Stead played the lone front man in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Town couldn't have got off to a worse start when United's Matt Smith put the visitors in the lead within 90 seconds. Smith, who looked to have fouled Peter Clarke in the build up, had a header tipped around the post by Alex Smithies.
From the resulting Alex Mowatt's corner the former Oldham striker headed in from close range at the far post.

It was a blow to concede so early in the game but winger Danny Ward fired Town back level on 10 minutes.
With Town's first attack that resulted in a corner, Adam Hammill picked out Ward on the edge of the box and the former Bolton man lashed the ball into the back of the net.

Ross McCormack hit a tame effort and Smith headed over from Jason Pearce's long ball into the Town box.

Paddy Kenny smartly tipped Hammill's effort over the bar with the Town winger testing the Leeds stopper from the edge of the area.

Pearce then denied Holmes with a superb block after the midfielder had been set up in the box by Ward after good play from Joel Lynch.

Jonathan Hogg, Lynch and Ward all hit efforts wide with Leeds' Sam Byram hitting an effort straight at Smithies as the half drew to a close.

Into the second half Ward headed wide from a Richards cross from the right flank but Leeds were starting to grow in confidence.

Luke Murphy fired high and wide and Smith failed to hit the target with an effort from the edge of the Town box.

Murphy then should have put Leeds ahead on the hour mark with Leeds' best move of the entire match. United captain Rodolph Austin cut the ball back from the by-line to the unmarked Murphy but the midfielder fluffed his lines from eight yards out.

Austin then had an effort which was blocked so too did McCormack as he ran at the heart of the Town defence but Leeds were hit with a sucker punch on 62 minutes when Hammill's cross was diverted by Tom Leeds into his own net with Paddy Kenny routed to the spot.

Just two minutes later Stead could have killed the game off there and then when Hogg put the striker through on goal but his heavy touch when taking it around Kenny meant the chance was gone.

Leeds dealt a sucker punch of their own on 73 minutes when substitute Dexter Blackstock scored with his first touch.
Lynch brought down Austin around 30 yards from goal and from Mowatt's free-kick Blackstock flicked in the equalizer.

Credit to The Terriers they kept going and were rewarded just three minutes later when Sean Scannell turned Pearce inside out on the right flank and laid the ball on for Stead who fired past Kenny on the turn.

Leeds pressed towards the end but no avail with Smith heading wide from Byram's cross and McCormack should have been booked for a blatant dive in the Town penalty area.

Sean's Star Man- Adam Hammill
Getting back to his best and had a hand in the first two Town goals, an impressive display.


Town: Smithies, Richards (Woods 73), Clarke, Lynch, Dixon, Hogg, Southern, Hammill (Gobern 79), Holmes (Scannell 45), Ward, Stead.
Subs not used: Bennett, Norwood, Wallace, Carr.

Leeds: Kenny, Pearce, Lees, Wootton, Byram, Warnock, Mowatt, Austin, Murphy (Blackstock 72), Smith, McCormack.
Subs nout used: Cairns, Peltier, Brown, Varney, Tonge, Poleon.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick


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