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Wednesday 4-4 Huddersfield Town

4 - 4
Huddersfield Town

Hillsborough, Sheffield

17/12/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 28,600


On-song Jordan Rhodes stole the show as he hit Huddersfield's equaliser deep into added time as Wednesday and Town shared the spoils in an eight-goal Christmas cracker at Hillsborough.

Rhodes, who's been enjoying a superb season in front of goal netted all four of Town's goals in an epic see-saw encounter between the npower League One promotion hopefuls in front of 28,600 fans packed into S6.

The Terriers stormed into an early 2-0 lead before Wednesday battled back with goals from captain Rob Jones and Reda Johnson to level the scores at the break. Ben Marshall fired the hosts ahead on the resumption and Chris O'Grady seemingly put the Owls in control with their fourth. But Rhodes completed his hat-trick to get Lee Clark's men back into the contest and then fired a late, late leveller.

It was a goal that left Wednesday feeling like the draw was more like a defeat, but it saw Gary Megson's men remain in the top-two positions and Wednesday will have felt they deserved more for their efforts - there were certainly plenty of positives.

Megson stuck with the same starting eleven that defeat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at Boundary Park last time out, with on-loan Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt making his home debut alongside O'Grady in attack.

For Town, it was the chance to show that they're still in the battle for the top two after suffering back-to-back defeats. Former Owls midfielder Tommy Miller was amongst Town's starting eleven.

And Clark's men started brightly, as they did in the same fixture last season where Town ended up 2-0 winners. They enjoyed most of the possession and carved out the first chance when Lee Novak's hard work gave Rhodes an early chance but he sent his header over the bar.

It was an early warning shot and one the Owls didn't take on board, with Town taking advantage of some sloppy defending with two well-worked goals in four first-half minutes.

They were carbon-copy strikes, involving the same two players as Gary Roberts, linked with a January move to Hillsborough, provided the cross for Rhodes to convert on both occasions.

The double salvo put the visitors firmly in control but Wednesday showed their fight and worked their way back into the game.

As Huddersfield did, Wednesday hit back with two goals in double-quick time to get back on level terms and leave the visitors stunned.

After O'Grady came close with an effort, Ben Marshall picked out Jones in the box with an inch-perfect cross and the Owls skipper powered his header into the back of the net to reduce the deficit on 26 minutes.

The momentum was with Wednesday and the leveller came just minutes later. Town failed to clear the ball from their own box when goalkeeper Ian Bennett saved well from O'Grady and Watt had a shot come back off the bar before Reda Johnson finally smashed the ball into the back of the net.

The goal turned Hillsborough into a cauldron of noise and Wednesday were now the dominant force, with Huddersfield chasing much of the ball and failing to spark in their attack.

The chances dried up for both sides, though the entertainment was still there aplenty. The game was very much a midfield battle, but the Owls did have another chance to turn the game on its head only for O'Grady to send his effort into the side netting and bring to an end a thrilling first-half.

Half-Time: Wednesday 2-2 Huddersfield

The first 45 minutes were going to be hard to match, but matched they were in a superb, incident-packed second half.

Wednesday brought on Ryan Lowe in place of Sanchez Watt in the only change at the interval but it didn't change the flow of the Owls' play as they hosts continued to control the game, albeit wary of the visitors' attacking threat.

The Owls looked the most likely to bag the next goal and it came just after the hour mark through wing-wizard Marshall.

The on-loan Stoke City man charged towards goal down the left and beat his marker. With men available to pass to inside the box, Marshall ignored their calls and finished low beyond Bennett to give Wednesday the lead is some style.

Hillsborough was bouncing, the fans literally so, and it seemed as though the Owls were heading for three crucial points.

Even more so when O'Grady's goal gave the hosts a two-goal cushion going into the latter stages of the match. The former Rochdale man looped his header over the top of Bennett and into the back of the net as Town looked down and out.

But Wednesdayites were in for a nervous ending when Town pulled a goal back, and Rhodes completed his hat-trick, in the 79th minute. Town's top-scorer produced a sublime finish from an acute angle to give the Terriers hope.

It prompted the visitors to pour forward in search of an equaliser but the Owls defended well and could have even wrapped the game up at the other end with good chances for Lowe and Jose Semedo.

But a final twist was to come deep into stoppage time as Town grabbed a dramatic equaliser. The fourth official had awarded five minutes of added time and the referee looked ready to blow his whistle as Rhodes broke through and produced a cool, clean finish beyond Bywater to snatched a point from the jaws of defeat for Town.

Wednesday: Bywater, Tavernier, Jones, Batth, R Johnson, Marshall (Bennett 90), Semedo, Lines, Prutton, O'Grady, Watt (Lowe 46). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, J Johnson, Morrison.

Huddersfield: Bennett, Hunt, Naysmith, Bruce, Clarke, Miller, Gobern, Roberts, Ward (McDermott 71), Novak (Parkin 83), Rhodes. Unused substitutes: Colgan, Woods, Arfield.

Date:Saturday December 17 2011
Time: 8:20PM


Gutted but what a GAME to remember for years to come.They got in our faces from the off so we was a bit shell shocked and not able to settle and play.But what a come back from 2-0 down and then go into a lead.I think we was robbed in stoppage time but i feel we switched off as we thought we had completed the job.But you know what i cannot even winge as the display was so spirted.And it was good in a game like this to see Marshall kiss our badge after he scored.
17/12/2011 20:38:00
Thought a draw was a fair result today, they could have been 2 up before they opened the scoring! Great come back, thought Lowe was superb when he came on. Defending was poor today, especially to the second ball. Dont understand the injury time though, as there was 4 in first half. All in all if we'd have been offered a point at 3:20 we would have taken it! UTO WTID.
17/12/2011 20:49:00
From 2-0 down to 4-2 up you'd think all our Christmases had come at once. At 4-4 and I'm looking around for someone to blame! Now the dust has settled it was an eight-goal thriller in front of the division's biggest crowd of the season. On any other day we could and should have won, last season we'd have most definitely lost it. Given the other results, it was hardly a blip anyway. Just another valuable point.
18/12/2011 08:20:00
Wish I was their what a great club we have at the moment the best in 10 years maybe more from the top with MM down to our awesome fans some of the best in the world, I bet we are in the top 40 for are attendance in Europe even tho were in league 1
18/12/2011 09:23:00
On hearing about the late goal 7 minutes into injury time, my mother who tries her best to take a passing interest in her son's beloved Sheffield Wednesday asked "can they appeal?"... Sadly not although her naivety did help reduce some of the pain of the injury time equaliser. I wish we had won but can't be unhappy. Reda Johnson and Chris O'Grady are becoming me two favourite players. Think that Semedo is class too.
18/12/2011 10:19:00
going to be interesting in January, can huddersfield keep Rhodes, can the pigs keep Evans, both seem to be one man teams at the moment, we seem to be getting stronger and stronger and can play well without Marshall (would love to sign him though)as proved second half at Oldham, we have more home games than away second half of season. so things are looking good and the pigs after go away to us, Charlton, Huddersfieldand MK so should be interesting.
tommy craig
18/12/2011 14:15:00
Well Jordan Rhodes' dad is our goalkeeping coach so dya reckon he could have a quiet word in his ear and point him thru the doors at Hillsborough??? I can dream.... Would be nice tho
18/12/2011 15:25:00
also a bit of gamemanship by Meggo building up Rhodes as best striker outside of prem, don't think we could get him but dad could definatley point his career in the right direction out of Huddersfield, interesting ?
tommy craig
18/12/2011 16:00:00
It's important not to lose against the teams around you in the league and we've drawn at Charlton and Utd and beat MK dons and drawn with Huddersfield at home so things are looking pretty good. We're less of a one man team than others around us in the league shown again yesterday with 4 different scores. Looking forward to seeing what business we'll do in January as well as seeing Rhodes and Ched Evans move on to pastures new at bigger and better clubs!!
18/12/2011 20:22:00
also, didn't Utd lose at home to Huddersfield 3-0 in front of just over 17k fans, shocking, nuff said!!
18/12/2011 20:26:00
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