Report - Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 23/11/2013
Martin Paterson and Adam Clayton both scored on their return to the team to give Huddersfield Town all three points in the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.Report - Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Huddersfield Town

The two players hadn't been seen in the match day squad since a supposed training ground bust-up the day before the Leeds United home game but the two have appeared to put their differences aside and celebrated Paterson's goal in a humorous fashion.

The former Burnley striker scored his first goal for Town since his summer switch from the Lancashire club and Clayton wrapped up the win with a low drive midway through the second half.

Prior to the match The Terriers had only won once in their last eight and Wednesday had only won once all season that being a 5-2 victory over Reading in their last home game.

Town manager Mark Robins made six changes for the side that lost to Birmingham City 2 weeks prior. Adam Clayton, Martin Paterson, Joel Lynch and Jonathan Hogg all returned, James Vaughan started as captain after completing his three-match ban and Tommy Smith made his debut for The Terriers in place of Team Captain Peter Clarke who is out with a knee ligament injury.

Huddersfield had not lost in their last four visits to Hillsborough and they took the lead on 11 minutes courtesy of Paterson's 50th league career goal. The striker latched on to Clayton's clever pass and dispatched past debutant Wednesday goalkeeper Damian Martinez.
Replays have shown since that Paterson was just offside but the linesman kept his flag down and the goal stood.

Wednesday were second best throughout the first half giving the visitors little trouble with Town's midfield trio of Clayton, Hogg and Oliver Norwood dominating possession.

Smith looked composed on his debut and dealt with any Wednesday attack like a seasoned centre half on one occasion getting ahead of Connor Wickham to deny the striker a chance at goal.

Wickham and Matty Fryatt were starved of any service in the Wednesday attack with pacey winger Michail Antonio being large ineffective and in the pocket of Paul Dixon.

Norwood had a 30-yard drive that swerved in the air but Martinez was equal to it but had to gather at the second attempt.

The home side were booed off at half time and no doubt the Wednesday players had Dave Jones' words ringing in their ears as Giles Coke and Jermaine Johnson were both sent on for the second half in place of Stephen McPhail and Michail Antonio.

Town continued where they had left off straight from the kick off and should have doubled their lead. Dixon raced down the left channel unchallenged and his low shot from the edge of the area deflected kindly into James Vaughan's path but Town's top scorer miscued his shot from 6 yards out.

Paterson also miscued his effort on the turn as down continued to dominate possession but Jermaine Johnson registered the home side's first effort on target with a long range effort that Alex Smithies superbly denied with a one-handed save.

Wednesday were looking to get out of first gear with Johnson looking to make something happen but they were dealt a knockout blow on 68 minutes when Town doubled their lead.

Vaughan's persistence lead to a Town corner which resulted in Clayton firing home a low drive into the bottom corner from just inside the Wednesday penalty area after Norwood's shot blocked.

The Owls pushed late on but the match was pretty much sown up once Town got that second goal but they did manage to register a goal when Wickham fired in a low free-kick on 90 minutes but it was too little too late.

A much needed victory for Town after a barren spell of one win in their last eight but Sheffield Wednesday fans must be worried what is in store for them this season with just one win with nearly half of the season gone.

Sean's Star Man – Adam Clayton
Thoroughly deserved the Sky Man-of-the-Match award with a superb assist and well taken goal. Showed the creative quality Town have lacked in midfield for the past few weeks.


Sheffield Wednesday: Martinez, Buxton, Helan, Mattock (Maghoma 74), Roger Johnson, Llera, Antonio (J. Johnson 45), Semedo, Wickham, Fryatt, McPhail (Coke 45).
Subs not used: Kirkland, Reda Johnson, Palmer, Nuhiu.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Lynch, Gerrard, Hammill, Hogg, Norwood, Clayton (Gobern 90+2), Dixon, Paterson (Richards 90), Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Scannell, Ward, Holmes.

Referee: Roger East
Attendance: 19,338.


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