Report - Burnley 3-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 01/01/2014
Huddersfield Town started 2014 with a defeat at high-flying Burnley at a rainy and windy Turf Moor.Report - Burnley 3-2 Huddersfield Town

You wouldn't have thought it was 2014 sat in the away end , 2014 prices but 1950s facilities.

Town could and should have got something from this game but as manager Mark Robins said in the post-match review they failed to deal with the Burnley threat of Keiran Trippier, Sam Vokes and Danny Ings.

The visitors kept the ball better than the hosts but lacked a killer punch in the final third. Burnley had a game plan of pressing the visitors and The Terriers were caught out by the ball over the top for all three goals.

The on-fire Danny Ings gave The Clarets the lead after just six minutes but Martin Paterson equalised for Town on his first return to Turf Moor.

Ings scored again just before the break and Keiran Trippier added a third with just ten minutes to go but Paterson grabbed a second in the last minute of normal time to add a nervy finish.

There were no changes to the starting XI or the substitute bench, striker James Vaughan was still out with a knee injury.

Burnley hold the Championship's only unbeaten home record and took the lead on 6 minutes but there was a suspicion of offside. David Jones' long ball was raced on to by Danny Ings and the striker's shot found the net despite Alex Smithies' best efforts.

Town have been coming back from behind in recent weeks and they did again on 20 minutes. Adam Hammill won the corner down the left and his set-piece was knocked across goal by Murray Wallace which lead to Martin Paterson heading the ball into the net from close range.

David Jones, who supplied the assist for Burnley's first goal, was unlucky not to get on the score sheet on two occasions; one forcing Smithies into a full length save and hitting the bar with a free-kick from the edge of the area.

The Burnley pressure lead to a goal just four minutes before the break with Ings grabbing his 19th goal of the season. Town were all at sea at the back, failing to deal with Trippier's cross which allowed Ings to covert from around 12 yards out.

The pressure continued into the second half with Wallace having to deny Ings from close range and Anthony Gerrard, on as a sub for Joel Lynch, using his body to block Dean Marney's shot.

Ings should have wrapped up his hat-trick but failed to find the target blasting high over the bar inside the Town penalty area.

Duane Holmes was introduced on 52 minutes and his tenacity always seems to give Town some fresh impetus.

The young midfielder skipped past two Burnley players but his cross to the far post was just too high and moments later he teed up Oliver Norwood but his shot from the edge of the area was straight at Tom Heaton.

The visitors were delivered a sucker punch with 11 minutes to go when Trippier raced on to Vokes' pass and finished from a tight angle after rounding Smithies.

To be fair to Town their heads didn't drop and clawed one back in the last minute of normal time. Paul Dixon's drilled cross across the six yard box was converted by Paterson at the far post.

In the dying seconds defender Tommy Smith almost grabbed a dramatic equaliser but somehow he failed to bundle the ball into the net.

A disappointing defeat for Town but some positives to take from the match against a hard working side in Burnley.

Sean's Star Man - Martin Paterson
Be disappointed to have scored twice against his former club and not get something from the match. Played well on his old stomping ground and took both of his goal well showing a poachers instinct.

Teams:

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee (Lafferty 71), Marney (Stock 84), Duff, Shackell, Treacy (Stanislas 84), Jones, Vokes, Ings, Arfield.
Subs not used: Cisak, Edgar, Kightly, Long.

Town: Smithies, Smith, Lynch (Gerrard 25), Wallace, Dixon, Hammill (Scannell 85), Hogg (Holmes 52), Norwood, Clayton, Ward, Paterson.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Gobern, Stead.

Referee: David Coote
Attendance: 14,047.

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