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Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wednesday

Huddersfield Town
1 - 0

The Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield

03/01/11 - 12.15pm

Attendance: 17,024


WEDNESDAY started 2011 with defeat against League One promotion rivals Huddersfield Town as Anthony Pilkington hit a superb first-half winner at the Galpharm Stadium.

Pilkington's long-range effort was the difference as the Owls continued to struggle against sides around them at the top of the table as the Terriers completed a league double over their Yorkshire rivals.

Both sides had good chances in an open and entertaining first-half and the Owls could well feel unfortunate to go in behind.

But a more scrappy second half suited the hosts as Wednesday failed to really trouble Town stopper Alex Smithies and Lee Clark's men continued their good home form against the Owls - who haven't won in West Yorkshire since Nigel Worthington's winner in 1984.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made three changes to the side that lost 5-1 at Exeter City last time out - a match played before Christmas.

Jon Otsemobor came in for Daniel Jones at right-back, while James O'Connor replaced Darren Potter in central midfield and Neil Mellor returned in attack, with Chris Sedgwick returning to the bench.

Town came into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United on Saturday but the Owls hadn't played since before Christmas due to matches being postponed.

And the hosts looked to take full advantage of Wednesday's lack of match action as they came flying out of the traps.

Wednesday stopper Nicky Weaver had to be alert to deny Lee Novak with a fine save in the opening exchanges as Town looked for an early breakthrough.

But Wednesday rode the early storm from the hosts and carved out some chances of their own at the other end, with Mark Beevers seeing a header come crashing back off the post from a Gary Teale corner.

Pilkington forced Weaver into another good save while, as the game continued to flow from end to end, Tommy Miller glanced a header over the bar.

There was no let-up in the early pace of the game and Jermaine Johnson caused the Town defence all kinds of problems with a superb move which saw the Jamaican play a neat one-two with Morrison before fluffing his chance wide from the edge of the box.

Teale also saw a direct free-kick go straight into the arms of the impressive Smithies before Town opened the scoring.

The game always looked like it was going to provide goals, and it came in emphatic style as Pilkington was left free to unleash a superb left-footed strike which looped over Weaver and into the top corner to give the hosts the advantage in the 26th minute.

Wednesday almost produced an instant response from a Miller free-kick, but the midfielder's powerful effort was brilliantly turned over by Smithies.

The visitors will have felt they should have been on level terms going into the half-time interval when a goalmouth scramble almost saw Darren Purse get a final touch into the back of the net.

The ball fell for Mellor, who saw a close-range effort superbly saved by Smithies before the Town stopper and his defence did well to deny Purse from the rebound.

Lee Clark's men maintained their 1-0 advantage into half-time though and the Owls had a tough task to get back into the game in the second half.

Half-Time: Huddersfield 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday made a bright start to the second half and thought they were on level terms just minutes after kick-off.

Morrison hooked a neat finish into the back of the net but was deemed offside by the assistant referee, a call which proved to be correct from the replays.

The second 45 failed to live up to the open, lively, encounter of the first half - something which suited a Town side happy with their 1-0 lead.

James O'Connor's relatively tame shot from the edge of the box failed to really trouble Smithies as the Owls struggled to carve out the same chances that had in the first 45 minutes.

The visitors were restricted to long-range efforts, Johnson again jinxing his way into a shooting position but failing to provide the killer blow as he fired well wide.

The Terriers, too, struggled for many clear-cut chances but Kevin Kilbane, making his home debut following a loan move from Hull City, came close with a powerful long-range drive in the 67th minute.

Wednesday's best chance perhaps came with 20 minutes to go but Mellor failed to find the target.

A long clearance forward by Weaver allowed Johnson to chest the ball down into the path of the striker, but Mellor struck his effort harmlessly over the bar when he should have done better.

The Owls made a double change with Daniel Jones replacing Otsemobor and Chris Sedgwick coming on for Teale, while Town introduced Alan Lee from the bench in place of Jordan Rhodes.

Paul Heffernan was then brought on with three minutes to go in place of James O'Connor, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Morrison did have a half chance in stoppage time but he put his header over the bar to the frustration of the 4,000 travelling Wednesdayites behind the goal.

It wasn't the start Wednesday wanted to 2011 as Town climbed into the automatic promotion spots, for a few hours at least.

Full-Time: Huddersfield 1-0 Wednesday

Date:Monday January 3 2011
Time: 2:36PM


Could not believe that chance johnson missed in front of goal, he did not have a good game seems to have gone into that frame of mind tugay did before he went
03/01/2011 14:56:00
9 defeats from 22 games is a disgrace, thats nearly half our games we have lost. i hate to say it but AI's had plenty of time, its a shambles, its time to go. we've got the best squad in that league already, we shouldnt have to rely to super milan putting his hand in his pocket. is it really worth giving AI money? not for me thanks.
03/01/2011 15:10:00
Could have been worse for your boys today mind, Good game im sure your lot will be around the play offs come season end!
03/01/2011 15:12:00
We were poor today otsembor oconner johnson all poor today the game cried out for someone to put ther foot on the ball but again we lacked quality very dissapointed with this showing.
beverley owl
03/01/2011 15:16:00
on plymouths page it says we are in talks with one of their center backs, Reda Johnson, not really sure who this bloke is.
03/01/2011 15:39:00
dezzy think he pretty decent big lad powerful in the air scored a few goals for them but he also gets sent off a lot dont think morrison coming playin for leicester 2day again
03/01/2011 15:57:00
yeah iv just done some digging, only 22, got some very good reviews despite them going down last season. i suppose much like when Bougherra went down with crewe. id take another like him, with a little less of the attitude.
03/01/2011 16:02:00
Very even game deserved to walk away with a point.
03/01/2011 16:03:00
owlswfc take your Wedneday goggles off, your having a giraffe.
ecco owl
03/01/2011 16:18:00
I'm not a fan of Irvine, I don't like seeing managers getting the boot, owls have seen too much of that but I can't see us progressing under his management, If were gonna change managers we need to do it now whlie the transfer windows open and before it's too late, AI doesn't know how to mix things up for me, it's stagnent and boring, he can't make a tactical substitution. I don't think we need to do any spending except for a decent centre forward and a defensive midfielder.
03/01/2011 16:29:00
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