Report - Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 07/12/2014
Huddersfield Town sealed their first win in five matches and in the process ended Brentford's five-game winning run.Report - Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford

Sean Scannell, on his 100th appearance for Town, put the Terriers in the lead and Jake Bidwell's own goal early in the second half put the home side two up.

But Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas pulled one back on 70 minutes to make it a tense finish to the match.

The Bees piled on the pressure but they found Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies in fine form.

Chris Powell made two changes to the side that lost to Bolton Wanderers a week prior as Joel Lynch picked up a groin injury in the defeat, which meant a start for defender Murray Wallace.

Jonathan Hogg also returned to the starting XI in place of on-loan West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet, who has since returned to his parent club.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton named an unchanged side as they were chasing their sixth straight win on the bounce.

The visitors started the brightest with Alan Judge and on-loan Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard having efforts that flew inches wide of the goal.

The Bees kept the ball well and Douglas should have put them ahead but headed wide when in a good position.

Smithies then pulled off a smart save to keep Judge's deflected out.

Town then took the lead on 18 minutes against the run of play. Nahki Wells was played through and his low cross across the face of goal evaded Grant Holt but Scannell was there to pounce to put the Terriers into the lead.

Smithies kept Town in front with a smart save to deny left-back Jake Bidwell after he latched onto the rebound from Mark Hudson's block on Pritchard.

Jacob Butterfield hit a shot straight at Brentford goalkeeper David Button whilst Pritchard twice went close at the other end as Town held on to their slender advantage going into the break.

That lead was doubled early in the second half when Bidwell diverted Jack Robinson's superb cross into his own net when under pressure from Scannell.

Brentford still looked dangerous and the introduction of the three substitutions as the half progressed made the difference as the Londoners pulled one back through Douglas' low drive on 70 minutes.

In their search for an equaliser Brentford left gaps at the back and Wells should have put the game to bed but the Bermudian was denied by Button.

That was Wells' last contribution as he was replaced by James Vaughan, who was making his first appearance in a Town shirt since September.

But it was all Brentford as the clock ticked towards the 90 minute mark and Smithies made sure Town held on to the win with a number of crucial saves.

Teams:

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Scannell, Coady, Hogg, Butterfield, Wells (Vaughan 78), Holt (Dixon 90+5).
Subs not used: Allinson, Peltier, Gerrard, Ward, Hammill.

Brentford: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Douglas, Diagouraga (Smith 69), Pritchard, Toral (Dallas 52), Judge, Gray (Proschwitz 68).
Subs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Peleteiro Ramallo, Tarkowski.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton.
Attendance: 13,038.

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