Report - Huddersfield Town 2-1 Burnley

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 30/11/2013
An impressive Huddersfield Town display knocked Burnley off the top of the Championship table and condemned The Clarets to their first defeat in 12 matches.Report - Huddersfield Town 2-1 Burnley

Burnley-born Oliver Norwood fired Town in front with a stunning long range effort before James Vaughan converted a controversial penalty decision.

Danny Ings hit a late reply for the visitors with a smart finish but despite their late pressure Burnley could not muster an equaliser.

The Terriers boss Mark Robins named an unchanged starting XI the only change being on the substitute bench with Calum Woods preferred to Jazz Richards.

Norwood set the marker with a shot that flew wide in the opening minutes as Town controlled the first 45 minutes with Burnley struggling to get out of first gear.

The visitors had goalkeeper Tom Heaton to thank for going in level at the break the former Cardiff stopper producing some tops saves first smartly tipping Adam Hammill's cross wide with Vaughan ready to pounce and then producing a top draw save from Vaughan's long range volley.

Vaughan missed a glorious chance to put the home side in front when Norwood picked him out a precise cross to the back post but the striker somehow managed to fire over.

Martin Paterson, once a favourite at Turf Moor, saw his diving header hit the post and bounce to safety from Paul Dixon's cross.

Danny Ings broke away on goal as the half drew to a close but was denied by a superb recovering tackle from Joel Lynch and then later the striker fired over from Kieran Trippier's cross.

Sean Dyche made two changes at the break with David Edgar and Michael Kightly making way for Brian Stock and Junior Stanislas but the visitors found themselves a goal down just five minutes into the second half.

Hammill hit a corner straight to Norwood who was waiting 25 yards from goal and the former Manchester United midfielder hit the ball on the volley, the dipping shot fooled Heaton and found the back of the net.

It got better for Town five minutes later but Burnley can feel hard done by when Michael Duff was harshly judged to have handled the ball inside the box. It was the linesman who gave the decision which saw Vaughan fire home from 12 yards.

Burnley could have been back in business just minutes later but Alex Smithies made a point blank save to deny Ings' stinging volley.

The away side were starting to go through the gears and Sam Vokes had the ball in the back of the Town net from Stanislas' low cross only for it to be ruled out for offside by the linesman.

Burnley did have a goal back on 84 minutes with a little help from some poor passing by Town that allowed Ings to race away on goal and cooly slot past Smithies to give the Town fans a nervy end to the game.

Burnley were to end the match with 10 men when Duff received a second yellow for bringing down Vaughan as he was about to race away towards goal and despite six minutes of injury time added on Town held on.

Sean's Star Man– Joel Lynch
Lots of contenders as it was a good team performance but for me Joel Lynch just gets the nod in front with an inspired display at the back.


Town: Smithies, Smith, Gerrard, Lynch, Hammill (Woods 87), Hogg, Norwood, Dixon, Clayton, Paterson (Ward 74), Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Holmes, Gobern, Scannell.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Jones, Duff, Shackell, Arfield (Treacy 88), Edgar (Stock 45), Ings, Vokes, Kightly (Stanislas 45).
Subs not used: Cisak, Lafferty, Long, Hewitt.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton.
Attendance: 17,390


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