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Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1 – match report: Danny Ward scores late winner to complete comeback

Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1: Ward's late show completes dramatic comeback

John Edwards


23:04 GMT, 5 March 2013



02:12 GMT, 6 March 2013

Mark Robins could hardly have done more to engineer his first home win as Huddersfield manager after two of his second-half substitutes inspired a dramatic late turnaround at a mist-shrouded John Smith’s Stadium last night.

Middlesbrough looked primed to add a desperately needed three points to their faltering promotion campaign when Scott McDonald slid home a Sammy Ameobi cross at the far post just 12 minutes from time.

But Alan Lee equalised with his first touch, just seconds after going on in the 86th minute, and fellow substitute Danny Ward crowned a stunning fightback with a brilliant winner in stoppage time.

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal


Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard (Wallace 66), Dixon, Clayton, Gobern, Norwood (Lee 84), Danns, Novak, Robinson (Ward 78).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Arfield, Atkinson, Lynch.

Goals: Lee 86, Ward 90.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Smallwood (Rhys Williams 59), McManus, Hines, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, McEachran (Ledesma 58), McDonald, Ameobi, Miller (Main 68).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Carayol, Haroun, Emnes.

Booked: Smallwood, Ledesma.

Goals: McDonald 78.

Att: 12,705

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).


‘I was proud of my players, and it is more pleasing than ever when substitutions come off,’ said Robins.

‘Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but it showed how the lads on the bench have been champing at the bit to get on.

‘That was the best we’ve played in my time here, and it has to give the players confidence to know they can pass the ball on what was a cabbage patch of a pitch.’

After squandering several clear chances, and being denied a penalty when Middlesbrough striker Ameobi poleaxed Theo Robinson with a kick in the face as he tried to clear, Huddersfield looked like paying the price when McDonald scored.

In retaliation, Robins sent on Lee and his big front-runner promptly pounced on a Peter Clarke header, from a right-wing corner, and toe-ended it past Boro keeper Jason Steele from point-blank range.

There was nothing scrappy about Ward’s winner as, just 12 minutes after going on, he gained possession on the right and cut inside before hammering a left-foot drive beyond Steele.

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

Reflecting on his side’s eighth
defeat in 11 games, Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray said: ‘When you
go in front late on, in a drab game low on quality, you hope you are
going to see it out.

‘The equaliser was particularly
disappointing because you expect your big players to get the first
contact when a corner comes in.

‘They made changes near the end to try to get back into it, but you have to adapt and cope with that.’

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium


FA Cup Third Round Draw: Swansea v Arsenal and West Ham v Manchester United

Not again! A day after losing at home to Swansea, Arsenal are drawn away to Welsh side in FA Cup as they bid to finally end trophy drought



15:33 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal, who are bidding to end eight years without a trophy, must beat Swansea away to have any hope of landing the FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger's side lost 2-0 at home to the Welsh side on Saturday as fans lose patience with the manager.

And they now face a tricky trip to the Liberty Stadium in the third round.

Liverpool will be away to non-league opposition – the winner of the replay between Lincoln and Mansfield.

We meet again: Arsenal will travel to Swansea

We meet again: Arsenal will travel to Swansea

Manchester United travel to West Ham, while holders Chelsea have been draw away to Southampton.

There is a repeat of the 1987 FA Cup final as Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham will host Mark Robins' Coventry.

Championship table toppers Crystal Palace will play hosts to Premier League Stoke.

There will be plenty of Italian interest at The Etihad as Roberto Mancini's Manchester City will host Gianfranco Zola's high flying Watford.

Play it again: Harrogate and Hastings will replay for the right to face Middlesbrough

Play it again: Harrogate and Hastings will replay for the right to face Middlesbrough

Two of the lowest teams left in the draw, Harrogate Town and Haistings, have Middlesbrough as the prize for whoever wins their replay.

Of the other non-league teams, Barrow or Macclesfield will be at home to Cardiff and Luton will host Wolves.

While Everton face a tricky trip to either Hereford or Cheltenham.

League One Crawley, who have made the fifth round for the past two years, will have to get past struggling Premier League side Reading if they are to embark on another cup run.

Ronnie Moore's Tranmere will test themselves away at Nigel Clough's Derby and Nottingham Forest will play Oldham.

There are a number of all Championship ties with Charlton playing Huddersfield, Barnsley playing Burnley, Blackburn host Bristol City while Leeds will play Bolton.


Crystal Palace v Stoke

Brighton v Newcastle

Tottenham v Coventry

Wigan v Bournemouth

Fulham v Blackpool

Aston Villa v Ipswich

Charlton v Huddersfield

Barrow/Macclesfield v Cardiff

Barnsley v Burnley

Manchester City v Watford

Swansea v Arsenal

Leicester v Burton

Millwall v Preston

Cheltenham/Hereford v Everton

Derby v Tranmere

Crawley v Reading

Aldershot v Rotherham/Notts County

Middlesbrough v Harrogate/Hastings

Accrington/Oxford v Sheffield United

Southampton v Chelsea

QPR v West Brom

Peterborough v Norwich

Lincoln/Mansfield v Liverpool

Bolton v Sunderland

Nottingham Forest v Oldham

West Ham v Manchester United

Hull v Alfreton/Leyton Orient

Blackburn v Bristol City

Leeds v Birmingham

Bury/Southend v Bradford/Brentford

Luton v Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons

Ties will be played over the weekend of January 5 and 6, 2013

Premier League: Ten classic opening day matches

Quick out the blocks! Ten classic opening day matches from the Premier League era



12:00 GMT, 15 August 2012

Whatever level your team plays at, it’s crucial to get a
new season off to a good start. And with this is mind, the opening day can
produce some unforgettable matches and moments.

To get you in the mood for nine solid months of football,
Sportsmail has picked ten classic opening day games from the Premier League.

Dion Dublin (left) celebrates an opening day hat-trick against Chelsea in 1997

Dion Dublin (left) celebrates an opening day hat-trick against Chelsea in 1997

1992-1993: Arsenal 2 Norwich City 4

This was Genesis – the first afternoon of football in the
new Premier League, and while Brian Deane of Sheffield United will always have
the distinction of scoring the first goal in the re-vamped top flight, the real
drama unfolded at Highbury.

Goal-happy Arsenal had gone 17 matches unbeaten at the
end of the previous campaign, lifting them to fourth as the league’s top
scorers. Consequently, many bookmakers had them favourites to win the inaugural
Premier League.

And everything was going so well on a glorious August
afternoon as goals from Steve Bould and Kevin Campbell in front of a packed
North Bank put them two up against Norwich City.

But the Canaries – sporting one of those awful kits that
seemed to be all the rage circa 1992 – mounted the kind of stunning comeback
that shows why they finished the season in third under Mike Walker.

New signing Mark Robins pulled one back before David
Seaman flapped at a deep cross, allowing David Phillips to level. Ruel Fox put
a by now dominant Norwich into the lead before Tony Adams dithered on the ball and was pick-pocketed by Robins, whose delightful first-time lob was the icing on the

1994-1995: Sheffield Wednesday 3 Tottenham Hotspur 4

The summer of 1994 had been one of turmoil at White Hart
Lane, with the FA throwing the book at Spurs for financial irregularities by
previous owners. They were fined 600,000, deducted 12 points and expelled from
the FA Cup, though Chairman Alan Sugar eventually managed to get the last two
overturned in exchange for a heftier fine.

On the field, manager Ossie Ardiles defiantly instructed
his team to attack, attack, attack and this ploy was certainly in evidence at
Hillsborough on the opening day. Twice they breached the Wednesday defence in
the first half-hour with strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton.

Wednesday were a different side in the second-half and
drew level thanks to Dan Petrescu and a quite brilliant top corner own goal
from Colin Calderwood. But Tottenham’s five-pronged attack sprung back into
life with goals from Nick Barmby and new acquisition Jurgen Kiinsmann, who
performed the first of many celebratory dives on Premier League pitches.

David Hurst set up a grandstand finale with a cracker
from the edge of the box, but seven goals was enough. Both sides would have
safe seasons, with Spurs seventh and Wednesday 13th.

1995-1996: Aston Villa 3 Manchester United 1

This one is more famous for a withering put-down by a
certain Scottish pundit afterwards than the actual action. In the hangover from
their last day Premier League collapse which allowed Blackburn to win the
title, Alex Ferguson had axed Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis and replaced them with talented ‘kids.’

Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt started at Villa
Park, with David Beckham and John O’Kane introduced in the second-half for a
United team not only uncomfortable in a 5-3-2 system that Fergie quickly
dropped but also an awful grey kit that was binned mid-season.

A Villa side that would eventually finish fourth ripped
United apart in the first-half with goals from Ian Taylor, Mark Draper and
Dwight Yorke settling the game before Beckham gave a glimpse of his abundant
talent with a glorious hit late on.

Alan Hansen’s infamous ‘You can’t win anything with kids’
remark on Match of the Day that night actually had a grain of truth. The
youngsters were only in the side because of suspensions and injuries to bigger
names, and only Butt, G Nev and Beckham would feature regularly in winning the

1996-1997: Wimbledon 0 Manchester United 3

This would have been merely a routine opening day win for
the defending champions – two ahead thanks to Eric Cantona and Denis Irwin –
had a 21-year-old with boyish looks, floppy hair and a number 10 shirt a little
too big for him not glanced up and spotted goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his

Though it wasn’t his first game in the Premier League,
this was the moment that propelled David Beckham into the limelight. Perfectly
pitched, the ball soared before dropping at the right moment and angle to fall
gracefully into the net to settle all Goal of the Season contests before they had even opened.

1997-1998: Coventry City 3 Chelsea 2

Cosmopolitan Chelsea arrived at Highfield Road on a high
having ended their 26-year trophy drought with an FA Cup win over Middlesbrough
three months earlier and with Ruud Gullit at the helm, fans believed more
silverware would follow.

World-class continental players like Frank Leboeuf, Roberto
Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli were in the line-up, but they
were just no match for hat-trick hero Dion Dublin. The striker was to have one
of his best seasons, scoring 23 goals in all competitions and winning the first
of his four England caps.

Zola put Chelsea in front, only for Dublin to immediately
respond with a header. The points looked to be London bound when new signing
Tore Andre Flo restored Chelsea’s lead with just eight minutes remaining.

But Dublin, on his 100th Coventry appearance,
swung the game – first with a header and then by capitalising on a Leboeuf
mistake to score a last-minute winner.

2000-2001: Chelsea 4 West Ham United 2

Fast forward three years and Chelsea again had title
ambitions – they still had Zola’s magic as well as the goals of Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink and, they hoped, new 5.6m buy from Parma Mario Stanic. And what better than a blood and thunder
London Derby to get the season started

Only the West Ham fans were left disappointed by a brilliant
first-day game at the Bridge. On the half-hour, Shaka Hislop clattered into
Hasselbaink and though the contact was outside the box, referee Graham Barber
awarded a penalty, which the Dutchman converted.

Just a minute into the second-half, Paolo Di Canio
equalised, before a superlative free-kick from Zola restored Chelsea’s lead. It
was then the Stanic show as the Croat introduced himself to the Premier League
by juggling the ball twice and lashing home a volley from 30 yards.

Freddy Kanoute gave West Ham hope, before Stanic capped a
man of the match performance with a late header.

2003-2004: Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

‘There’s a wind blowing through Anfield,’ said Martin
Tyler on the final whistle. ‘Maybe it’s the winds of change’

Roman Abramovich could spend as many millions as he
liked, but Chelsea still had to deliver on the pitch and so burdened manager
Claudio Ranieri must have breathed a big sigh of relief when Hasselbaink won
this opening weekend match with seconds to spare.

With the Russian billionaire in the stands to watch his
new toy in action, 15m Juan Sebastian Veron rounded off a sweeping move to
give Chelsea the lead. But they weathered plenty of Liverpool pressure
and the hosts deservedly equalised through a re-taken Michael Owen
penalty with ten minutes to play.

But Chelsea kept going and, with about two minutes left,
Hasselbaink controlled a Frank Lampard pass and calmly slid the ball into the
bottom corner. Chelsea had the money, but proved no match for Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’.
The winds of change would blow, however, as Chelsea won the next two titles.

2008-2009: Aston Villa 4 Manchester City 2

Just days before the Abu Dhabi United Group would walk
through the front door at Eastlands, and City have made a shocking start to the
season. They are humiliated by the Danish side Midtjylland in the UEFA Cup and
then sunk by Gabriel Agbonlahor’s hat-trick on the opening afternoon at Villa.

The young striker, perhaps chastened by being omitted
from Fabio Capello’s latest England squad, runs riot with a triple as Mark
Hughes begins to fear for his job. All six goals in this thriller came in the
second-half, with John Carew grabbing reward for Villa’s dominance with a
header on 47 minutes.

City, who at the time were bemoaning the absence of their
three potent strikers Darius Vassell, Jo and Benjani Mwaruwari (what difference
money can make), equalised through an Elano penalty before being destroyed by
Agbonlahor in seven minutes of madness.

Vedran Corluka’s late consolation hardly raised a cheer,
but who could have known what was around the corner for City.

2009-2010: Everton 1 Arsenal 6

Every football fan greets the new season with a glimmer
of hope and optimism, so to then be ripped to shreds by an opponent superior in
absolutely every department is pretty damn demoralising.

This happened to Everton on season’s start 2009, as rampant
Arsenal produced an exhibition of fluent, passing football at Goodison Park
which hinted that they might be able to end their six-year title drought. It
wasn’t to be – they finished third.

Having taken 26 minutes to open the floodgates, Arsenal were
three to the good at half-time courtesy of Denilson, Thomas Vermaelen and
William Gallas. A double from Cesc Fabregas and a late sixth from Eduardo
followed, though it could have been any number. For the record, Louis Saha
scored Everton’s one.

2010-2011: Wigan Athletic 0 Blackpool 4

Newcomers to the top flight would be forgiven for showing
a little caution in their opening game as they adjust to the higher standard –
not so Blackpool.

Ian Holloway’s side had caught the eye with their
counter-attacking style in gaining promotion, and they made quite a statement as
to how they would continue to play against Wigan.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher was completing his rise from
non-league football and opened the scoring, before a brace from Marlon Harewood
had the points banked before half-time. Alex Baptiste rounded off an afternoon of
Tangerine dreams with 15 minutes to play.

But the result did not prove a good barometer of things
to come – Blackpool continued to play their attacking football but were
ultimately relegated, while Wigan stayed up.

Hull KR 70 Castleford 12

Hull KR 70 Castleford 12: Robins run in dozen tries for record Super League score



16:29 GMT, 20 May 2012

The depth of Castleford's squad was laid bare at Hull KR as the injury-ravaged Tigers were taken apart by a Robins side who posted their best-ever Super League win.

Shorn of their three first-choice half-backs in Rangi Chase, Ryan McGoldrick and Danny Orr, Ian Millward's men rarely got a look in at MS3 Craven Park as they ran in to a Rovers side desperate to find some consistency to form the backbone of a play-off charge.

Craig Sandercock's men moved to within a point of the top eight with this win, although Castleford's diluted line-up offers a caveat to the margin of victory. Star hooker Daryl Clark also limped off in the second half to give the visitors another worry.

Hull KR 70 Castleford 12

Nonetheless, Rovers did what they did well and were home and dry with just 10 minutes on the clock.

They had scored three tries by that point and went on to add nine more, with David Hodgson scoring four and Shannon McDonnell three as the Red and Whites bettered their 70-14 victory over Wakefield last season.

It had never promised to be easy for Castleford and their depleted ranks and they needed to start in a watchful manner. Unfortunately for them, the opposite happened.

They were culpable of triggering their own downfall, though, with full-back Richard Owen missing Craig Hall's third-minute kick and giving McDonnell a free run in on his first appearance since announcing he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Michael Dobson added the extras and then assisted in his side's second try two minutes later, albeit with a hint of good fortune. His pass to the left appeared forward to the naked eye but not to referee James Child, and that left Kris Welham with an overlap which Hodgson duly took advantage of in the corner.

The home side were flowing and Blake Green backed that up with a beautiful 40-20 kick which led to another try – Sam Latus going in at the corner after a link-up between Green and McDonnell.

With Dobson perfect with the boot, Rovers were 18-0 up with just nine minutes gone and Castleford were unable to live with them, with a shattered Owen's kick-off flying out on the full.

That gave their opponents the ball again and eventually they were were able to touch down for a fourth time, McDonnell getting his second as he chased a Dobson kick. The latter kicked his fourth goal from the touchline.

The game was already over as a contest and a fifth try duly followed 21 minutes in as captain Ben Galea skipped around Grant Millington and set Hodgson free for a walk-in second which Dobson improved.

McDonnell was then denied a first-half hat-trick when he was called offside as he cashed in a Green kick, but Welham went in six minutes before the break after an offload from Con Mika.

Respite did arrive in the shape of a try from Jordan Thompson for Castleford, but normal service was resumed three minutes after the break when Hodgson got his hat-trick after some neat interplay between Galea and McDonnell.

Australian full-back McDonnell was not long behind Hodgson in securing his own treble, taking in a Dobson pass in the 55th minute, with Lincoln Withers joining the fun soon after, combining with Scott Murrell to break clear.

Murrell was making a nuisance of himself off the substitutes bench and laid on a score for Mika with 17 minutes remaining, laying on a short ball which the powerful second-rower carried over the line.

Castleford did cross again through Josh Griffin, but Rovers were quickly back on the front foot, with Hall crossing in the corner and Dobson then adding his 10th goal from 11 attempts from the line.

And a new record was set with four minutes remaining when Hodgson took Dobson's kick on the fly, with the scrum-half tagging on the extras.