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Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1 – match report

Leicester 6 Huddersfield 1: New boy Wood bags brace as sorry Terriers are hit for six

PUBLISHED:

18:01 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

07:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

Chris Wood marked his Leicester debut with two goals as the Foxes emphatically brushed aside struggling Huddersfield to maintain their place in the npower Championship play-off positions.

The New Zealand international, who netted 11 times on loan at Millwall before he was recalled by West Brom, completed his switch to the King Power Stadium this morning and needed just six minutes to open his Leicester account.

Wood formed an excellent understanding with the dangerous David Nugent and added his second midway through the first half before Ritchie De Laet's first Foxes goal capped off an outstanding 45 minutes.

Things got better for Leicester after the break as Anthony Knockaert bagged a quickfire brace and, after Scott Arfield netted a consolation, Martyn Waghorn converted late on to help City secure their second successive victory.

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

Impact: Wood scored twice on his Leicester debut

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel, Keane, Konchesky, Morgan, De Laet, Marshall (Dyer 66), Drinkwater, James, Knockaert (Gallagher 74), Nugent (Waghorn 57), Wood.

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Wood 6, 24, De Laet 45, Knockaert 49, 51, Waghorn 76.

Huddersfield: Smithies (Bennett 46), Wallace, Lynch (Dixon 55), Gerrard, Hammill, Hunt, Arfield, Southern, Clayton (Norwood 81), Novak, Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Peter Clarke, Scannell, Robinson, Atkinson.

Booked: Lynch.

Goals: Arfield 60.

Att: 25,913

Ref: Mark Haywood

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The Terriers' struggles continued and they have now gone 10 games without a win.

In a frantic opening, Town midfielder
Adam Clayton had to hack the ball off the line to prevent Knockaert
from breaking the deadlock, while James Vaughan – replacing Jermaine
Beckford who is ineligible to play against his parent club, fired over
from a tight angle.

The Foxes opened the scoring thanks
to Wood, who rose highest to nod in from close range after Alex Smithies
had brilliantly kept out Nugent's header from Knockaert's cross.

Nugent then burst into the box and unleashed a shot that Smithies saved
before the former England striker headed Paul Konchesky's cross wide.

The hosts' front two continued to cause havoc for the Terriers defence
and they were both involved in the second goal after 24 minutes. Wood
linked up superbly with the impressive Nugent and fired a low shot that
flew in off the post.

Wood wasted a chance to complete his treble, heading wide from 12 yards nine minutes before the interval.

Leicester went in at half-time 3-0 ahead. Knockaert picked up the ball
35 yards out and after teasing the Town defence, fed full-back De Laet
who fired past Smithies.

City started the second half where they left off in the first as Knockaert scored twice in three minutes.

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

Rout: Knockaert scored two goals in three minutes during the thumping win

The Frenchman swept home the overlapping Konchesky's cut back from 12
yards and then after fooling the visiting defence with some eye-catching
trickery, he darted through two players and curled a shot past Ian
Bennett, replacing the injured Smithies at half-time.

Huddersfield got on the scoresheet in the 59th minute thanks to Arfield,
who converted after Kasper Schmeichel had parried his initial shot.

That sparked the visitors into life, with Arfield heading over and
Schmeichel denying Lee Novak a goal on his 100th start for Huddersfield.

Arfield and Clayton combined to set up Adam Hammill and the on-loan Wolves winger fired a 25-yard shot wide.

Despite the pressure, Leicester grabbed a sixth 15 minutes from time
when Waghorn, a replacement for Nugent, volleyed home after Wood nodded
Konchesky's delivery back across goal.

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Nathan Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 26 December 2012

Substitute Nathan Delfouneso struck deep in stoppage time for Blackpool to deny Huddersfield a first win in eight games as an entertaining npower Championship clash finished 1-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Anthony Gerrard's first goal for the club looked to have ended Huddersfield's barren run but the Seasiders were excellent value for at least a point.

The visitors bombarded their opponent's goal for an hour, but a combination of bad luck and poor finishing looked like giving the Terriers a first clean sheet since their last victory against Barnsley back on November 10.

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Wallace 52), Scannell (Hammill 81), Southern, Norwood (Atkinson 52), Clayton, Vaughan, Beckford.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Novak, Church, Arfield.

Goals: Gerrard 66.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Crainey, Basham, Gomes (Kevin Phillips 86), Osbourne, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 81), Thomas (Delfouneso 70).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Martinez, Harris.

Booked: Osbourne, Baptiste.

Goals: Delfouneso 90.

Att: 16,832

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Blackpool should have been out of sight by half-time, with the home side unable to find a method of breaking up their stylish attacking play.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher wasted two glorious openings in the first 90 seconds against his former club. Chris Basham played him in with the first move of the game, but the 31-year-old miscued his shot high and wide with only goalkeeper Alex Smithies to beat.

Moments later good work down the left from Wes Thomas provided Taylor-Fletcher with a free header six yards out but he nodded wide.

Liverpool target Thomas Ince played in Tiago Gomes after six minutes, but the Portuguese midfielder had his effort blocked by home captain Peter Clarke.

A minute later Ince played glorious one-twos with Gomes and Taylor-Fletcher as the visitors broke from halfway, but the winger fired over from the edge of the box.

Thomas drilled wide after 14 minutes as Blackpool's relentless pressure continued, while Huddersfield's best moment of the first half came when Sean Scannell's low cross deflected to the feet of James Vaughan, only for the Norwich loanee to fail to get the ball under control allowing Blackpool to clear their lines.

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came on 19 minutes when midfielder Isaiah Osbourne powerfully bundled past two Huddersfield defenders only to skew his shot wide from six yards.

Clarke's miscued clearance fell to Osbourne and Ince played in Thomas, who curled over from 12 yards, while moments later Alex Baptiste fluffed his lines when a Stephen Crainey corner fell to him in the six-yard box and the right-back shot harmlessly over the crossbar.

Ince finally managed to beat Smithies five minutes before half-time, but full-back Calum Woods was on hand to clear off the line, before Anthony Gerrard turned Alex Baptiste's cross just wide of his own post.

Blackpool continued to press after the break – the lively Thomas cutting from the left and curling a 20-yard effort which Smithies did well to turn behind.

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Huddersfield gradually began to display some attacking threat, and Jermaine Beckford – having extended his loan from Everton on Christmas Eve – should have celebrated with a goal when he headed Jack Hunt's deep cross wide from five yards just after the hour mark.

Gerrard made Blackpool pay for their profligacy on 66 minutes when he rose highest to head home Adam Clayton's corner.

Blackpool's previous attacking threat quickly wilted after that and the home side might have added a second as they grew in confidence – Beckford almost finding the net with an audacious effort from 30 yards 10 minutes from time.

But late on Ince showed why Liverpool are eager to land the 20-year-old in January as he wove past two players to get to the by-line and cut back for Delfouneso, who made no mistake from six yards.

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0 – match report: Scott McDonald hits double

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0: McDonald double gets Boro back to winning ways

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 27 November 2012

Scott McDonald's brace helped Middlesbrough recover from back-to-back defeats as they recorded a convincing win over an out-of-sorts Huddersfield.

Boro's impressive start to the campaign had hit a snag when they suffered successive losses to Cardiff and Bristol City, but they got back to winning ways in front of nearly 22,000 at the Riverside this evening.

With Marvin Emnes and Ishmael Miller both on the bench, McDonald repaid manager Tony Mowbray's faith in starting him by stabbing home the opener.

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday (Parnaby 90), Ledesma (Zemmama 87), Bailey, McEachran, Smallwood, McDonald, Jutkiewicz (Miller 87).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Luke Williams.

Booked: Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 28, Ledesma 66, McDonald 85.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Lynch, Peter Clarke, Dixon, Ward, Norwood (Atkinson 54), Arfield, Robinson (Hammill 54), Church, Novak (Lee 68).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Gerrard, Wallace.

Att: 21,850

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Only the crossbar denied the hosts a
second before the break as Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pushed
Peter Clarke's hacked clearance on to the woodwork.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and McDonald
continued to cause the visitors' back four problems but it was Emmanuel
Ledesma who got the second goal with a dipping free-kick just after the
hour mark.

McDonald then fired in his second of
the evening, Jutkiewicz once again grabbing the assist, to extend
Huddersfield's winless streak to three games.

Both sides made changes from their weekend XIs and it was Huddersfield who were the more impressive starters.

After a couple of speculative efforts
went wide, Jack Hunt's mazy run culminated in a vicious left-foot strike
which just whistled over the top of the crossbar.

There was plenty of frustration for
the home side early on as Josh McEachran and Ledesma failed to coax out
their creative sides.

That all changed 28 minutes in, though, as McDonald turned in Jutkiewicz's centre for the opener.

Justin Hoyte burst into the box from
his right-back berth and rolled the ball to Jutkiewicz, who in turn
fired across goal where McDonald produced one of his predatory finishes.

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

Terriers captain Clarke then had his goalkeeper Smithies to thank just before the break as he spared the centre-back's blushes.

Jutkiewicz kept his head down when
embarking on a run and was oblivious to the fact nobody in a red shirt
was near his cut across, yet Clarke sliced his clearance towards goal
and Smithies had to palm the ball on to the crossbar.

Smithies' opposite number Jason Steele
also had to be alert to ensure Scott Arfield's dipping effort did not
drop under his crossbar.

McDonald and Jutkiewicz almost
combined to devastating effect once more minutes after the break but the
latter dallied when the chance materialised, allowing Smithies to
narrow the gap and make the save.

Manager Simon Grayson waited less than
10 minutes after the interval to make alterations for the visitors,
introducing Adam Hammill and Chris Atkinson.

It did not prevent Boro's front two
from threatening their goal once more, however, as Jutkiewicz displayed
great strength to turn away from two men before teeing up McDonald, who
smashed an effort narrowly wide.

The hosts did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage as Ledesma curled in a magical 25-yard free-kick.

The Argentinian earned the set piece
himself, when he cajoled Paul Dixon into tripping him, and his curling
effort dipped so low that Smithies could only push it into the roof of
his net.

Jutkiewicz forced Smithies into a good
save before he once more assumed his role as the provider for McDonald
five minutes from time.

The visitors wanted play stopped with
Hunt down on the ground injured but Boro continued unabated and
Jutkiewicz's cushioned header down was drilled home by McDonald to wrap
up the points.

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Sean Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

PUBLISHED:

17:22 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:13 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Scannell's first-half goal sentenced Bristol City to their fifth successive defeat.

The former Crystal Palace attacker rounded off a smart move from Simon Grayson's side on 43 minutes to net what proved to be the winning goal.

City came closest to grabbing an equaliser deep into added time but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep out Stephen McManus' header.

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

The Terriers, without the suspended Jack Hunt and injured strike duo Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan, made four changes with Scannell, Oliver Norwood, Calum Woods and Paul Dixon getting the nod.

Match facts

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, P Clarke, Lynch, Norwood (Robinson, 80), Clayton, Hammill (Ward, 73), Southern, Scannell (Gerrard, 88), Novak Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Lee

Yellow card: Woods

Scorer: Scannell, 43

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Briggs, Skuse, Pearson (Woolford, 80), Elliott (Kilkenny, 64), Adomah, Baldock, Stead (Taylor, 75) Subs not used: Heaton, Wilson, Nyatanga, Anderson

Yellow cards: Fontaine, Adomah

Referee: Salisbury

Att: 12,561

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City, missing hamstrung top scorer Steven Davies, also shuffled their pack.

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott returned from injury, Dean Gerken made his first npower Championship start of the season while Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah joined former Huddersfield man Jon Stead up front for struggling City.

The only real chance of an extremely quiet opening 40 minutes came from a free-kick after nine minutes after Stead was fouled on the edge of the box.

Adomah stepped up with a right-footed effort that drifted wide of Smithies' goal.

And there was very little to worry the Bristol City backline until two minutes before the break when Lee Novak's cut-back from the left wing was perfectly timed for the onrushing Scannell to mark his return to the starting line-up with a finish past Gerken from six yards out.

The visitors nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time when Cole Skuse's half-volley deflected off Peter Clarke and bounced wide.

There was another good chance shortly after the interval with Gerken forced into a fine save at his near post from Woods.

At the other end Huddersfield-born Stead had his first real sight of goal but his curling shot could not test Smithies.

The young keeper did have to be at his best just after the hour mark to deny Baldock on the line and keep his side's lead intact after the ball fell to the former West Ham forward.

Winger Adam Hammill had already seen one effort fall just wide before letting rip with a left-footed effort that fizzed over Gerken's crossbar on 68 minutes.

Ryan Taylor and Martyn Woolford were then introduced as Derek McInnes' men searched for a goal to end their miserable run of defeats.

Their next opportunity came from the right foot of the former York winger, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but his rising effort went over the bar as City continued to press.

Woolford then produced a lovely inviting ball across the box which was inches away from connecting with Baldock in added time and then in the final move of the match McManus looked to have grabbed a dramatic leveller but Smithies, at full stretch, got a hand to the Scot's effort.

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1 – match report

Huddersfield 2 Wolves 1: Centurion Beckford seals the points for Terriers

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16:32 GMT, 20 October 2012

Jermaine Beckford scored the 100th league goal of his career as he and and fellow loanee James Vaughan teamed up to help Huddersfield secure an impressive win over Wolves.

In what amounts to Simon Grayson's side's biggest scalp since their promotion in the summer, the Town forwards produced a brilliant first-half performance as they scored a goal each to put Huddersfield in command.

And even though their impact lessened as the game went on, the Terriers had enough of a start to hold on and move back into the play-off positions, despite Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's 63rd-minute goal for Wolves, whose three-game winning streak on the road came to an end.

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career

Centurion: Jermaine Beckford scores his 100th league goal of his career

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Dixon 90), Clayton, Southern, Norwood (Novak 73), Ward, Beckford, Vaughan (Lynch 80).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Scannell, Arfield, Lee.

Booked: Vaughan, Clayton.
Goals: Vaughan 10, Beckford 27.
Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant, Davis (Edwards 46), Doumbia, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Zubar, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Johnson.

Goals: Ebanks-Blake 63.

Attendance: 18,012

Referee: James Adcock

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The showings of Norwich man Vaughan and Leicester's Beckford were the reason for that, with both strengthening their case to earn a permanent deal, especially the latter – who enjoyed a landmark afternoon.

Having opened his account for them in their last game – a 1-0 win at Birmingham – his pace kept Wolves penned back for large parts of the game, allowing Huddersfield to dominate the play in front of them. That he also produced a stunning 27th-minute scissor-kick volley to score merely topped off his performance.

For as good as Beckford was, Vaughan was every bit as impressive. The former Everton striker was strong and clever in his hold-up play, while his back-post header following a brilliant Jack Hunt cross was in keeping with Beckford's clinical finish.

The duo had served Wolves enough warning inside the first 10 minutes, with Beckford getting in behind but scuffing a volley into the ground, and with Wanderers failing to push their defensive line up, they slipped behind 11 minutes in.

Hunt advanced down the right, Stephen Ward refused to come towards him and backed off, allowing Hunt to place a hanging cross to the back post where Vaughan was waiting and headed the ball back in the direction from which it came, leaving Carl Ikeme grasping the air.

Beckford would have doubled the lead in the 18th minute had his leg been an inch longer, allowing him to connect with Vaughan's brilliant cross, and it briefly looked like being a costly miss as Wolves got into the game, with Bakary Sako clipping the bar with a long-range free-kick.

But former Chelsea trainee Beckford would find the net shortly after, peeling off his marker to track the flight of Adam Clayton's cross before powering a quite brilliant right-footed volley beyond Ikeme from 12 yards.

Wolves were desperate for the half-time whistle to come and by the time it did they should have been further behind as Beckford worked Ikeme from the edge of the box and Vaughan twice fizzed shots wide – the latter a sitter after some neat play from Keith Southern.

The one-way traffic would continue after the break as Danny Ward failed to find an open goal following Ikeme's failure to take a ball on the edge of his box, with Wolves relying on hopeful punts forward which were regularly eaten up by Town defender Peter Clarke.

Back at the other end Ikeme shoved away Olly Norwood's free-kick and also smothered a Vaughan header before Wolves gave themselves a lifeline out of keeping with the game.

Sako worked his way down the left and squirmed a cross past the defences of Hunt and found Ebanks-Blake waiting at the near post, and he poked an effort under Alex Smithies.

Stake Solbakken's men suddenly had a purpose and Sako wasted a fine chance after cutting in and beating Hunt on the inside, while Ebanks-Blake had a shot deflected just over and Dave Edwards headed against the post from the subsequent corner, but beyond that they mustered little and Huddersfield held on.

Huddersfield 1 Nottingham Forest 1

Huddersfield 1 Nottingham Forest 1: Rhodes last-gasp penalty salvages point for Town

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21:18 GMT, 21 August 2012

Jordan Rhodes' stoppage-time penalty salvaged a point for Huddersfield after Simon Cox looked to have marked his first Nottingham Forest start with the winner at the John Smith's Stadium.

Rhodes barely touched the ball all evening, but he showed why he is so highly sought after by keeping his cool to slot home from the spot three minutes into time added on after Dan Harding had brought down Jack Hunt.

It looked like the Terriers' first home game in the npower Championship after an 11-year absence from the second tier would end defeat after Cox, a recent 2million signing from West Brom, struck midway through the second half.

Get in: Simon Cox (right) celebrates scoring the opener for Nottingham Forest

Get in: Simon Cox (right) celebrates scoring the opener for Nottingham Forest

MATCH FACTS:

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Lynch, Dixon (Arfield 81), Norwood, Clayton, Southern (Gerrard 86), Scannell, Rhodes, Novak (Ward 81).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Lee, Spencer.

Booked: Ward.

Goals: Rhodes 90 pen.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Moloney, Collins, Halford, Harding, Reid, Gillett, McGugan (Moussi 81), Guedioura, Blackstock (Tudgay 75), Cox (Hutchinson 88).

Subs Not Used: Evtimov, McGoldrick, Miller, Majewski.

Booked: Halford, Gillett, Hutchinson.

Goals: Cox 68.

Attendance: 15,434

Ref: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).

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But Simon Grayson's side were not to
be denied and Rhodes held his nerve to beat Lee Camp. Forest will feel
hard done by as Lewis McGugan and Cox were both denied by the woodwork
in the first half.

But Huddersfield also had their
chances in a open encounter in West Yorkshire and they are up and
running after a defeat to Cardiff last Friday.

Forest played with a swagger right
from the kick-off and they were unfortunate not to be in front after
just three minutes, when McGugan's long-range drive rattled the post.

Huddersfield started nervously and
left-back Paul Dixon's sloppy backpass should have been punished by
Dexter Blackstock, who shot straight at the advancing Alex Smithies.

Sean Scannell was a dangerous outlet
for the Terriers and the summer signing from Crystal Palace fired a shot
over the crossbar 14 minutes in.

And Huddersfield should have been in
front six minutes later when Adam Clayton picked out Lee Novak with a
pinpoint pass, but the striker fired wildly over the crossbar.

Forest looked dangerous every time
they came forward and Huddersfield almost gifted them the opening goal
when Scannell's wild attempted clearance went straight up in the air and
Blackstock headed on for Cox, whose close-range finish was well blocked
by Smithies.

The visitors came close once again
after 25 minutes when midfielder Adlene Guedioura controlled the ball on
his chest and swivelled before unleashing a vicious right-footed volley
which Smithies palmed over the bar.

Forest were dictating the game and
Brendan Moloney raced away down the right before cutting the ball back
for an unmarked Blackstock, whose shot was cleared off the line by Jack
Smith and, when the ball fell nicely for Cox, his shot was palmed onto
the bar by Smithies.

The Terriers had the first chance of
the second half, but Keith Southern prodded the ball over the bar when
Oliver Norwood's corner fell nicely for him eight yards out.

And he was made to pay for that miss
when Forest took the lead in the 68th minute when the impressive McGugan
played in Cox and the Republic of Ireland striker raced away and beat
Smithies with a clinical left-footed finish.

But Smith charged into the penalty
area with time running out and drew the tackle from Harding and, after
referee Neil Swarbrick awarded a penalty, Rhodes picked his spot to
rescue a point.

Cardiff 1 Huddersfield 0

Cardiff 1 Huddersfield 0: Late strike by skipper Hudson leaves Bluebirds singing

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20:44 GMT, 17 August 2012

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Cowie (Mason 78), Gunnarsson, Mutch (Kiss 85), Helguson, Bellamy

Subs not used: Lewis, Conway, Blake, Velikonja, Earnshaw

Goal: Hudson 90

Booked: Whittingham

Huddersfield: Smithies, Dixon, P Clarke, Hunt, Lynch, Norwood, Clayton, Arfield (Gerrard 90), Southern, Scannell (Spencer 90), Novak

Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Robinson, Lee, Higginbotham

Booked: Clayton, Southern, Gerrard

Referee: East

Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson struck in injury time to earn his side victory against Huddersfield Town.

It seemed neither team could force their way through in a game which Cardiff had the better of, with Craig Bellamy returning to action in a Bluebirds jersey.

But with the ball bouncing around in the Terriers' penalty area Hudson was in hand to lash it home from close range.

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Back in Wales: Craig Bellamy started for Cardiff

Back in Wales: Craig Bellamy started for Cardiff

Balance and composure: Peter Whittingham has his shot blocked

Balance and composure: Peter Whittingham has his shot blocked

It's mine: Cardiff's Don Cowie and Huddersfield Paul Dixon (right) battle for the ball

It's mine: Cardiff's Don Cowie and Huddersfield Paul Dixon (right) battle for the ball

Man with the plan: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan

Man with the plan: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan

Welcome back: Cardiff fans ready for the Football League to kick off

Welcome back: Cardiff fans ready for the Football League to kick off

Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0 (aet, 8-7 pens): Terriers reach Championship

Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0 (aet, 8-7 pens): Terriers reach Championship

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UPDATED:

17:02 GMT, 26 May 2012

Huddersfield Town reached the npower Championship after winning a dramatic sudden-death penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United.

After a goalless 90 minutes and half an hour's extra time proved fruitless, it seemed that the penalty shoot-out would go the same way as the first three penalties were missed.

But after the allotted five penalties the score was 2-2. Then the scoring really started.

Huddersfield netted their next penalties in sudden death but after United responded with five of their own, it was left to keeper Simonsen, who had played superby, to level things up.

However, he blazed his kick over the bar to leave Simon Grayson's side in the Championship, while the Blades face the likes of Crawley Town in League One.

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Yorkshire pride: Kallum Higginbotham is challenged by Sheffield's Matt Lowton

Yorkshire pride: Kallum Higginbotham is challenged by Sheffield's Matt Lowton

Match facts

Sheffield United: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Hill, Williamson, Montgomery (Taylor 120+1), Doyle, Flynn (O'Halloran 108), Quinn, Cresswell (Porter 85). Unused subs: Howard, McAllister.

Booked: Maguire

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Morrison, Peter Clarke, Woods, Higginbotham (Roberts 79), Johnson, Miller, Ward (Lee 99), Novak (Arfield 116), Rhodes. Unused subs: Colgan, Tom Clarke.

Booked: Higginbotham, Johnson

Referee: Roger East

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Slow motion: The heat was a factor at Wembley, but Ryan Flynn got the better of United's Matt Lowton on this occasion

Slow motion: The heat was a factor at Wembley, but Ryan Flynn got the better of United's Matt Lowton on this occasion

Penalty shoot-out

H: Miller's penalty is saved

S: Williamson's penalty is saved 0-0

H Johnson blazes wide 0-0

S: GOAL: Collins slots home 0-1

H: Lee's effort is saved again 0-1

S: Lowton's effort is brilliantly saved 0-1

H: GOAL: Clarke's penalty levels it up 1-1

S: Taylor strikes the post 1-1

H: GOAL: Arfield drives home 2-1

S: GOAL: Porter levels it 2-2

SUDDEN DEATH

H: GOAL: Rhodes scores 3-2

S: GOAL: Quinn scores 3-3

H: GOAL: Roberts nets 4-3

S: GOAL: Maguire buries it 4-4

H: GOAL: Miller nets 5-4

S: GOAL: Doyle levels 5-5

H: GOAL: Hunt buries it 6-5

S: GOAL: O'Halloran nets 6-6

H: GOAL: Morrison keeps it going 7-6

S: GOAL: Williamson levels again 7-7

H: GOAL: Smithies fires home 8-7

S: OOPS: Simonsen fires over 8-7

Huddersfield win 8-7 on penalties

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Rising star: Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes (left) heads goalward

Rising star: Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes (left) heads goalward

Skill: Kallum Higginbotham controls under pressure from United's Lowton

Skill: Kallum Higginbotham controls under pressure from United's Lowton

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Going close: Town's Daniel Ward (left) fires in a shot

Going close: Town's Daniel Ward (left) fires in a shot

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Honours even: Lee Novak (left) thwarts United's Harry Maguire

Honours even: Lee Novak (left) thwarts United's Harry Maguire

The heat is on: Sheffield United fans were in full voice at a sun-kissed Wembley

The heat is on: Sheffield United fans were in full voice at a sun-kissed Wembley

Happy fan: We think he's a smurf, but we could be wrong...

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Yorkshire comes to London: Huddersfield and Sheffield United head way up Wembley Way

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MK Dons 0 Huddersfield 2: Rhodes and Hunt on target to give Terriers advantage

MK Dons 0 Huddersfield 2: Rhodes and Hunt on target to give Terriers advantage

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13:54 GMT, 12 May 2012

Jordan Rhodes' 39th goal of the season helped inspire Huddersfield to a commanding victory away to a disappointing MK Dons in the first leg of their npower League One play-off semi-final.

The prolific marksman glanced home a 32nd-minute cross from 17-goal strike partner Lee Novak, who wasted a glorious second-half chance to double the visitors' advantage at stadium:mk.

But Jack Hunt's well-taken finish ensured Town took firm control of the tie ahead of Tuesday's second leg at the Galpharm Stadium, and left the Terriers dreaming of Wembley success in what is their third successive attempt at play-off glory.

One foot in the final: Jordan Rhodes puts Huddersfield in the lead

One foot in the final: Jordan Rhodes puts Huddersfield in the lead

MATCH FACTS

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Chicksen, MacKenzie, Shaun Williams, Lewington, Daniel Powell, Potter, Gleeson, Smith (O'Shea 60), Bowditch, MacDonald (Ibehre 76).

Subs Not Used: McLoughlin, Doumbe, Flanagan.

Booked: Chicksen.

Huddersfield: Bennett, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Morrison, Woods (Tom Clarke 51), Arfield (Higginbotham 27), Miller, Johnson, Ward, Rhodes (Lee 84), Novak.

Subs Not Used: Smithies, Robinson.

Booked: Peter Clarke, Miller.

Goals: Rhodes 32,Hunt 73.

Attendance: 11,893

Referee: Darren Deadman

It was a woeful afternoon for a
lacklustre Dons, who were embarking on their third play-off campaign in
four years as they bid to make the second tier for the first time since
their change of identity in 2004.

Although, MK Dons were spared the
boos from home supporters which dominated the headlines following their
final-day defeat to Walsall.

Rhodes, with 38 goals in 42
appearances prior to today, was recalled to Town's XI having been rested
for the last two games, while the Dons also showed one change as
centre-back Gary MacKenzie returned.

The hosts were first to threaten as
former Leeds, Manchester United and Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith
fired off target after seven minutes.

Calum Woods drilled wide for the
Terriers amid a lively but largely poor quality opening quarter with
little to do for respective goalkeepers Ian Bennett and David Martin.

Stopping his man: MK Dons Daniel Powell is stopped in his tracks by Peter Clarke

Stopping his man: MK Dons Daniel Powell is stopped in his tracks by Peter Clarke

But all that changed in the 32nd minute.

Martin made a great parried save to
deny impressive substitute Kallum Higginbotham but the ball was recycled
to Novak on the left and his lofted cross was nodded home by Rhodes.

Smith sent a good opening into the
side-netting at the other end as the goal sparked brief life into the
hosts but it was a below par opening 45 minutes from Karl Robinson's
side.

One foot in the final: Jack Hunt makes it 2-0

One foot in the final: Jack Hunt makes it 2-0

Bennett had to make save to deny Dons skipper Dean Lewington within 35 seconds of the restart.

It was an improved opening by the
home side but it did not last long and Novak, with three goals in his
last three games, blew a great chance to put Huddersfield two nil ahead
as he fired wide when clean through.

But Hunt soon ensured Town did
stretch their lead in the 73rd minute, exchanging some great play with
Higginbotham before sending a superb finish past Martin from the edge of
the penalty area.

Winning away: Hunt's goal gave Huddersfield a big advantage going into the second leg

Winning away: Hunt's goal gave Huddersfield a big advantage going into the second leg

Terriers skipper Peter Clarke emerged unscathed after a nasty-looking challenge which provided seven minutes of injury time.

Yet, despite Jabo Ibehre's late
header which Bennett saved, the visitors comfortably saw out proceedings
to leave them firmly in pole position for a showdown with either
Sheffield United or Stevenage on May 26.