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Hull 2 Huddersfield 0 match report

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0: Bruce keeps Tigers flying high with comfortable victory

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UPDATED:

00:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined to get justice for his son Alex after his side’s win over Huddersfield ended in controversy.

The defender was sent off after the full-time whistle when he shoved Huddersfield striker Alan Lee in retaliation for an off-the-ball incident, and a melee ensued on the pitch and in the tunnel.

Bruce senior is determined the right person is punished, though, and took a DVD of the incident into the post-match press conference to show reporters footage of Lee aiming a forearm smash into the face of his son. ‘We are appealing his red, you can understand why,’

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 81), Evans (Cairney 63), Meyler, Koren (Faye 90), Quinn, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Mclean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Booked: Quinn, Meyler.

Goals: Koren 8,Meyler 90.

Huddersfield: Smithies,Hunt,Peter Clarke,Gerrard,Lynch,Clayton,
Norwood (Lee 70),Southern,Ward (Atkinson 60), Novak (Beckford 60),Vaughan.

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

Booked: Southern.

Att: 16,488

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Bruce said. ‘I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that. I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee.

‘I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.

‘Cheat is the right word for him. I
don’t use that lightly but that’s the right word for him. He’s
15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that.

‘That has ruined the day. We had the best referee in the country in Howard Webb and I have spoken to him.

'He will report it and hopefully there
is some justice. Alex is wrong with his retaliation, but he only pushes
him in the chest. He’s my son, but he takes after his mother.’

Before the incident, Hull had cruised
to a third straight win thanks to Robert Koren’s eighth-minute goal and
an injury-time second from David Meyler, though the win could have been
more convincing.

Bruce added: ‘It was an excellent
performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only
achilles heel is the conversion of chances we create.’

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson
admitted Lee deserves punishing if found to have done something wrong.
He said: ‘I didn’t see what Alan has done, but if he has done something
he will probably get punished.

‘I don’t know what will happen, but he
deserves punishing if he’s shown to have done something. It was a
stupid way to end the game from both sets of players.’

The defeat represents a sixth game in a
row without a win for Huddersfield and they rarely looked like scoring,
despite having plenty of possession.

Grayson added: ‘It is disappointing
because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they
played, and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that
we had worked to prevent.

‘We tried to change formation and get
something out of the game, but i t was disappointing that we didn’t
create too many opportunities and when you look back Hull goalkeeper
David Stockdale has not had too much to do.

‘It will take hard work to get out of this run. We will just have to work hard on the training pitch.’

Barnsley 0 Huddersfield 1: match report

Barnsley 0 Huddersfield 1: Beckford header seals bragging rights for Terriers

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17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012

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17:39 GMT, 10 November 2012

Jermaine man: beckford scored the winner for Huddersfield

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
substitutes.

Match facts

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.

Booked: Mido.

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.

Attendance: 12,130

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
half-time.

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
crossbar.

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.

Oliver Norwood gets Cristiano Ronaldo"s Portugal shirt after 100th cap… all thanks to Rio Ferdinand

Norwood ends up with Ronaldo's Portugal shirt after 100th cap… all thanks to Rio

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22:42 GMT, 17 October 2012

It was a night no Northern Ireland player will forget in a hurry, but Rio Ferdinand helped make it even more memorable for one star-struck member of Michael O’Neill’s side at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt came second only to World Cup qualifying points as the night’s most prized possession, and the final whistle sparked a stampede towards Portugal’s Real Madrid winger.

Each request was politely declined, as Ronaldo explained the ultimate souvenir from a stirring Northern Ireland performance had already been earmarked for an unlikely recipient.

Dream come true: Ronaldo tussles with Oliver Norwood before swapping shirts with the Huddersfield man

Dream come true: Ronaldo tussles with Oliver Norwood before swapping shirts with the Huddersfield man

It was going to little-known Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood, on the orders of Ferdinand.

The 21-year old former Manchester United junior, snapped up by Huddersfield last summer after failing to break through to Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team, described how he enlisted Ferdinand’s help to make him the envy of his Northern Ireland team-mates.

‘Rio and I have the same agent, and I knew he had kept in touch with Ronaldo from their days together at United,’ he said, after Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw. ‘So I phoned him last week and asked if he could put a word in for me. I just explained how much it would mean to have Ronaldo’s shirt, and could he possibly see what the chances were.

Oh, what a night: Norwood celebrates Niall McGinn's opener in Porto

Oh, what a night: Norwood celebrates Niall McGinn's opener in Porto

‘I was hoping that might do the trick, but I wanted to make sure, so I went up to Ronaldo before the game and introduced myself. He just said: “Yeah, Rio spoke to me. Don’t worry – the shirt’s yours.”

‘A few of the lads went up to him at the end, but he was as good as his word. He wasn’t happy about the way the game had gone and wasn’t exactly in the best of moods, but he actually came over to me, shook hands and said: “I haven’t forgotten. You can have the shirt.”

‘That just rounded off a great night for me. I couldn’t have wished for a better keepsake from such a fantastic occasion. Of all the memorabilia I have picked up during my career, this is far and away the best.

Mixing it: Nani and Norwood battle

Mixing it: Nani and Norwood battle

‘I will frame it, as soon as I get it home, and keep it. It will have pride of place among all my football possessions. I will show it my kids and grandkids in years to come and tell them that’s the shirt Ronaldo wore in his 100th international appearance. I was on the pitch with him, and there’s the evidence. I’m absolutely thrilled with it, and I owe Rio for setting it up for me. It was so good of him, and I am really grateful.’

As a further boost for Northern Ireland, record goalscorer David Healy hopes to be back to full match fitness by the time they face Azerbaijan in their next qualifier, at Windsor Park on November 14.

Huddersfield 0 Leicester 2

Huddersfield 0 Leicester 2: Knockaert show, but Redknapp lined up to replace Pearson

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22:24 GMT, 2 October 2012

Nigel Pearson is bracing himself for the sack, despite Leicester’s early-season form taking them into the thick of the npower Championship promotion race.

A spectacular brace from midfielder Anthony Knockaert lifted the visitors to second in the table but may not be enough to keep Pearson in a job.

The Leicester manager fears his departure is imminent after sensing that owner Vichai Raksriaksorn has lost confidence in his ability to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Knockaert blow: The French star scored a double for Leicester

Knockaert blow: The French star scored a double for Leicester

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon (Woods 63), Norwood (Arfield 63), Clayton (Lee 63), Southern, Ward, Novak, Scannell.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Wallace, Robinson, Spencer.

Booked: Dixon.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, St. Ledger, Konchesky, Knockaert (Marshall 90), King, Drinkwater, Dyer (Schlupp 77), Nugent, Vardy (Waghorn 80).

Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, James, Futacs.

Booked: Knockaert.

Goals: Knockaert 30, 60.

Attendance: 13,821

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

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While Pearson braces himself for the axe, after barely 11 months in charge, it emerged that Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie have joined former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on the list of potential replacements.

Redknapp appears to be favourite and Sportsmail understands contact has been made with him. But former England striker Shearer and ex-Charlton manager Dowie have also been sounded out, in case Redknapp decides against moving north.

A frustrated Pearson said: ‘I don’t know who is being mischievous in terms of these stories, but it is a bit of an irritant.’ Then reflecting on his side’s rise to within one point of top place, he said: ‘It gives us a platform to kick on from, and just shows what a good group of players we’ve got.’

Travelling fans chanted his name at Huddersfield.

It is unlikely to make any difference to Raksriaksorn, but Pearson could not have asked for much more from his players in what could prove his last game in charge than a dominant performance capped by a spectacular 30th-minute breakthrough.

Alex Smithies was handily placed to block a firmly struck effort from Jamie Vardy, in the 18th minute, but could do little about a wind-assisted long-range shot from Knockaert on the half-hour.

The France Under 21 midfielder took aim from 35 yards and unleashed a swerving, dipping left-foot drive that flew into the roof of the net.

If that was eye-catching, it was matched by his second goal, on the hour. Paul Konchesky looked to have cut the ball too far back from the left, but Knockaert reacted with a full-length dive that enabled him to backheel the waist-high ball past a startled Smithies.

David Nugent almost made it three, with a point blank effort Smithies somehow blocked. And Pearson defiantly declared: ‘There has been some rubbish said and written about our season so far but what goes on within the club stays there.’

Dejected Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson said: ‘We were beaten by the better side. They have to be one of the favourites for promotion.’

Blackpool 1 Huddersfield 3: Terriers up to second

Blackpool 1 Huddersfield 3: Happy return for Grayson lifts Terriers up to second

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21:03 GMT, 24 September 2012

Simon Grayson returned to Bloomfield Road to scupper Blackpool's chances of moving top of the npower Championship as his Huddersfield side leapfrogged them with their third successive victory.

The Terriers boss, who spent seven years on the Lancashire coast as a player then later a manager, inflicted Blackpool's first home defeat of the season while moving his current team up to second.

Grayson went back to the home of his former employers for the first time since his departure for Leeds in 2008, and it was clear long before Lee Novak's 13th-minute opener that Ian Holloway's men were in for a difficult evening.

Three and easy: Norwood (left) celebrates his strike

Three and easy: Norwood (left) celebrates his strike

MATCH FACTS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley (Dicko 78), Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Gomes (M Phillips 64), Osbourne, Ferguson (K Phillips 64), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso, Ince.

Subs not used: Halstead, Sylvestre, Martinez, Broadfoot.

Booked: Crainey.

Goal: Taylor-Fletcher 27.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Clayton, Norwood (Woods 85), Southern (Arfield 90), Ward, Novak, Vaughan (Scannell 80).

Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Lee, Robinson.

Booked: Vaughan, Dixon, Norwood.

Goals: Novak 13, Vaughan 45, Norwood 48.

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 13,886.

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A direct approach had troubled
centre-back pairing Alex Baptiste and Ian Evatt from the off so it was
no surprise to see Novak profit from a James Vaughan flick-on to break
the deadlock.

The hosts were back on level terms just 14 minutes later, though, when
the relatively subdued Thomas Ince set up ex-Huddersfield forward Gary
Taylor-Fletcher for the equaliser.

However, Grayson's men found themselves back in front again when Oliver
Norwood's inviting free-kick was headed home by Vaughan.

And Norwood
himself gave Huddersfield a two-goal cushion less than three minutes
after the break with another set-piece which eluded everyone before
flying into the far corner.

Blackpool went into the game having dropped just five points from their
opening six encounters but they failed to seize the initiative on a wet
evening as the visitors took a deserved lead.

Adam Clayton and Daniel Ward had already gone close and the hosts failed
to heed the warning as Vaughan headed the ball into Novak's path and he
coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

False dawn: Taylor-Fletcher had equalised against his former club

False dawn: Taylor-Fletcher had equalised against his former club

Ince has turned in a series of eye-catching performances to underpin
Blackpool's strong start and he was instrumental in the leveller,
bamboozling Anthony Gerrard before sliding the ball across for
Taylor-Fletcher, who just had to prod home.

Stephen Crainey nearly picked out Nathan Delfouneso moments later as the
Seasiders began to grow into the game, but Grayson's men delivered a
killer blow on the stroke of half-time.

A Norwood free-kick from the right was begging to be thumped home and
Vaughan obliged with a header in front of the stranded Gilks.

Holloway's half-time words were still ringing in his players' ears when
former Manchester United midfielder Norwood curled in a third. The set
piece specialist's centre was aimed towards Vaughan, but the ball evaded
him and Gilks was left grasping air as the ball ended up in his net.

That prompted Blackpool to bring on substitutes Matt and Kevin Phillips,
with the former firing just wide, while Delfouneso should have reduced
the deficit when he blazed wide.

It could have turned into a thrashing, though, had the offside flag not twice denied Vaughan from grabbing his second goal.

But Huddersfield had enough to coast to a victory which will have been
particularly sweet for Grayson, whose Leeds side crashed to a 5-0 home
defeat to Blackpool last season.