Barnsley 0 Huddersfield 1: Beckford header seals bragging rights for Terriers
17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012
17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012
Jermaine man: beckford scored the winner for Huddersfield
Simon Church played a big part in Barnsley's downfall after turning down a loan move to Oakwell in favour of Huddersfield this week as Jermaine Beckford's first-half header proved decisive in this Yorkshire derby.
Reading striker Church, who opted for a loan move to Huddersfield instead of Barnsley on Friday, laid on the winner for Beckford, who headed home the Wales international's pin-point cross in the 36th minute.
Church, a constant threat for the visitors, twice went close himself as Huddersfield climbed back into the top six with a fourth away win in the npower Championship this season, while a fourth straight defeat for Barnsley leaves them two points above the drop zone.
It was the first meeting between the
two sides since Barnsley edged past Huddersfield in a League One
play-off semi-final in 2006.
Teenager John Stones, fellow defender
Stephen Foster and striker Marlon Harewood were back for Barnsley,
while former Tottenham and Middlesbrough forward Mido, yet to appear for
the Tykes since arriving in the summer, was named among the
Barnsley: Steele, Stones, Wiseman, Foster, Golbourne, Cranie, Etuhu (Mido 63), Dawson (Noble-Lazarus 68), Mellis, Cywka (O'Brien 68), Harewood.
Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, Dagnall, McNulty.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Lynch, Dixon, Clayton, Southern, Scannell, Novak (Lee 86), Beckford (Ward 59), Church.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Norwood, Gerrard, Hammill.
Booked: Smithies, Church.
Goal: Beckford 36.
Referee: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).
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Huddersfield included Church and recalled right-back Jack Hunt and Beckford.
The first real chance fell to
Harewood, who headed a corner from Jacob Mellis just wide in the 15th
minute and the former Nottingham Forest striker fired in a 25-yard shot
that was comfortably gathered by Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
Prompted by midfielder Stephen
Dawson, Barnsley enjoyed the better possession midway through the first
half, but it was Huddersfield who broke the deadlock nine minutes before
Church found space out wide on the
left and sent over a fine cross for Beckford, back in the side following
a hamstring injury, to head home into the top corner from six yards.
Barnsley's response was immediate
though. Tomasz Cywka arrowed a shot from the left edge of the penalty
area just over the crossbar and Dawson's effort from similar distance
was well saved by Smithies.
Barnsley continued to keep hold of
the ball for longer periods, but had only Kelvin Etuhu's wayward
free-kick to show for their efforts up until the hour-mark when
Huddersfield lost Beckford to injury.
Beckford was replaced by Danny Ward and the visitors then went close to increasing their lead twice in as many minutes.
Striker Lee Novak's shot from the
edge of the area was held by Steele before midfielder Keith Southern
headed Ward's corner inches wide in the 62nd minute.
Tykes boss Keith Hill sent on former
Egypt international Mido for Etuhu soon after, but Huddersfield went
close again from another Ward corner, this time defender Joel Lynch
heading the wrong side of the post.
Hill sent on teenager Reuben
Noble-Lazarus and Jim O'Brien for Cwyka and Dawson respectively and the
former made an instant impression when he fired a shot over the
Church, a constant thorn in
Barnsley's side, forced a smart save from Steele with a 77th-minute shot
from inside the box, while the Tykes spurned two golden chances to
level in the closing stages but Harewood and then O'Brien both pulled
shots wide when well-placed inside the area.