Report: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 07/02/2015
Huddersfield Town grabbed a deserved win over Millwall at the New Den despite having 10 men for the majority of the second half.Report: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield Town

Striker Nahki Wells was shown a second yellow card on 51 minutes with the score at 1-1. It looked a daunting task but Town rallied and came away with a deserved victory.

Sean Scannell put the Terriers in front but Stefan Maierhofer levelled just before the half hour.

Jacob Butterfield restored Town's lead before a late penalty from James Vaughan ensured Chris Powell's side would be taking all three points back to West Yorkshire.

The defeat piles on more misery for Millwall who stay in the bottom three and extends their winless run at the New Den to nine matches.

Powell made three changes from the side that lost to Leeds United. Goalkeeper Alex Smithies was back in goal replacing Joe Murphy, centre-back Murray Wallace was in for the injured Joel Lynch while Harry Bunn was in for Tommy Smith.

Ian Holloway's side were buoyed by their win over Nottingham Forest a week prior and started the better of the two sides.

Former Everton forward Magaye Gueye shot straight at Smithies in a good position whilst Austrian striker Maierhofer hit the outside of the post from an acute angle.

It was Town who got their noses in front against the run of play on 17 minutes. Scannell, who was close to joining Millwall in August, latched on to Wells' lobbed pass to fire past David Forde.

The Lions equalised on 28 minutes courtesy of Maierhofer. Murray Wallace conceded a free kick and Shaun Williams' delivery found Beevers at the back post. His header was saved by Smithies but David Edgar's clearance cannoned off the Austrian striker and looped into the goal.

Gueye came close to putting the home side in front but fired wide after beating Mark Hudson whilst at the other end Scannell fired into the side netting after being found by Butterfield.

Scannell was again involved as Town were close to restoring their lead on 41 minutes. Conor Coady set the winger away down the right flank and his cut back found Bunn who rattled the crossbar with a superbly struck effort.

Forde had to tip Wells' header over just before the break after a good build up between Butterfield and Jack Robinson.

Wells again tested Forde minutes into the second half but that would be his last contribution to the match.

Having already been booked in the first half, Williams went over the Bermudian striker whilst going for a header and the referee Mike Jones had no hesitation in showing Wells a second yellow.

It was backs against the wall as Powell switched to a 4-4-1 formation while Holloway threw on two strikers in Ricardo Fuller and former AFC Halifax Town player Lee Gregory.

However, it was 10-man Town who were back in front on 74 minutes. Jimmy Abdou slipped whilst in possession which allowed Butterfield to drive forward and hit a long range effort which found the net as the ball somehow skipped over the diving Forde.

It got better for the Terriers on 86 minutes when Bunn's skill got the better of the Millwall defenders and he went down under the challenge of Alan Dunne. The referee pointed straight to the spot and James Vaughan stepped up to seal the win by sending Forde the wrong way.

The victory puts Huddersfield up to 14th in the Championship while Millwall are still in the drop zone and are two points from safety.

Hopefully Town can keep it up with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Teams:

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Beevers, Abdou, Williams, Upson (Gregory 68), Fabbrini, Gueye (Woolford 77), Maierhofer (Fuller 68).
Subs not used: Archer, Webster, Harding, Tonge.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Edgar, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Scannell, Coady, Butterfield, Bunn (Gobern 90+2), Wells (sent off 51), Vaughan (Miller 89).
Subs not used: Allinson, Wilkinson, Wright, Lolley, Majewsku.

Referee: Mike Jones
Attendance: 10,281

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