Report - Huddersfield Town 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 22/02/2014
Inconsistent is a good word to describe Huddersfield Town at the moment but Sheffield Wednesday continued their good run of form with a 2-0 win over Town at the John Smith's Stadium.Report - Huddersfield Town 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Town continue to be Jekyll and Hyde after an all-round satisfying performance resulting in a win at Birmingham City last week, they produced a lacklustre display against Wednesday in which the visitors made light work of their hosts.

Its not about the amount of possession you have but what you do with it as Town kept the ball better but largely in their own half as the passing in the opposition half was left to be desired.

Club captain Peter Clarke made his first start in four months as Joel Lynch was ruled out through injury which proved to be the only change to the side that beat Birmingham a week prior.

The bad news for Town fans was revealed this week that star striker James Vaughan will be out for three weeks with a knee injury.

Nahki Wells will have been disappointed with himself that he didn't test Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland when the ball broke to him in the opening minutes.

Wednesday, who are now unbeaten in nine away matches, give the home side a warning when on-loan Gary Gardner long range effort fizzed wide of the post on 14 minutes.

Michail Antonio looked to hit Town on the counter but Anthony Gerrard did well to recover to deny the winger as he closed in on goal.

As The Terriers laboured the visitors took the lead with five minutes to go before the break. A long throw caught Peter Clarke out, on his first kick against Jeremy Helan the ball looked to hit Helan's hand, on his second kick against Helan the ball spun back in the air over Clarke allowing the Wednesday winger to fire the ball into the bottom corner.

Heads dropped and it looked as though Town had an uphill struggle to find a way back. Ward went close early in the second half latching on to Adam Clayton's lofted ball but Kirkland was out quickly to deny the front man.

It pretty much summed up the day when Oliver Norwood charged down the tunnel after being subbed but the midfielder but to be fair he did reappear shortly.

Tommy Smith's long pass released Wells but the striker looked lost as what to do and chose to pass instead of shooting but the pass was poor which allowed Wednesday to clear.

Sure enough it was the visitors who could find the net for their second of the afternoon on 70 minutes. A deflected shot fell into the path of Jacques Maghoma and the winger swivelled to fool the flat-footed Clarke and fire the ball into the net from close range.

Wednesday substitute Leon Best was denied by Gerrard with eight minutes to go to ensure the score stayed at two whilst at the other end Town sub Joe Lolley went close to scoring on his first appearance but the winger scuffed his shot wide from Ward's knock down.

Clayton went even closer in the last minute when a long range shot that hit the bar and Ward could only find the roof of the net with his head from Paul Dixon's cross. That was the as good as it got for Town.

Sean's Star Man - Adam Clayton
Hard to pick anyone after that performance but the midfielder tried his best to get Town going.


Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Clarke, Gerrard, Hammill (Lolley 45), Hogg, Clayton, Norwood (Scannell 58), Dixon, Ward, Wells (Paterson 71).
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Southern.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Mattock, Hutchinson, Onyewu (Loovens 69), Lllera, Maghoma, Gardner, Nuhui (Best 66), Antonio (Maguire 45), Helan.
Subs not used: Martinez, Coke, Lavery, Oshilaja.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Attendance: 16,499.


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