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Town Knife The Daggers

6 - 1
Dagenham & Redbridge

Galpharm Stadium

6 Nov 2009

Attendance: 5,858


Bonfire night came one day late in Huddersfield, as the fireworks on this occasion were all on the pitch

The game was billed as one for a potential upset with Dagenham and Redbridge going well in League two, and the visitors started well and had the first chance of the game, however it wasn't to be as Town dazzled their opponents and were four nil up by Half Time, effectively ending the competition.

Robbie Williams scored a carbon copy freekick in the 9th minute, to his goal at Oldham, and he reenacted 'The Swan' celebration for good measure.

Gary Roberts added a headed second on 21 minutes, soon followed by Lee Novak scoring his third goal of the season on 24 minutes, which was effectively the end of the tie.

However Lee Clarks' team were not resting on their laurels and they were hungry for more, with top scorer Jordan Rhodes netting his 13th goal of the season on 44 minutes, and Town could have gone in 5 goals up had Kay's shot been anywhere else other than at Daggers stopper Roberts, who made several great saves to keep Town at bay throughout the game.


Rob Williams had the first chance of the second half with a spectacular 30 yard strike, clearly showing the intent of the Town players t add to their impressive first half haul.

The Town faithful didn't have long to wait for number 5, as fan favourite Lee Novak netted his second of the night, with a header on 55 minutes.

That would be Novak's last action of the game as he was soon to be replaced by Theo Robinson, and soon after Town made it Six, with Gary Roberts claiming his second goal of the night in the 72nd minute.

Tom Clarke then made his first apperance since his knee surgery and he was afforded a warm welcome from fellow players and fans alike, it was great to see Tom back so soon.

The only black mark of the night followed soon after as Daggers hitman Paul Benson scored a consolation goal for the visitors, following a poor defensive clearance, one which will be surely talked about internally after the game.

However it shouldn't dampen the mood for the Terriers fans as Huddersfield progressed through to Round two of the Fa cup in style.

The draw for the second round is on Sunday, and Town will be ball number 32 so keep your eyes peeled.

Star Player

Anthony Pilkington, despite not getting on the score sheet he created, set up and perhaps should have had a goal himself. The winger who was not in the best of form at the beggining of the season is now back to his dazzling best and much more can be expected of him throughout the season

Player Ratings

Smithies 9

Rarely troubled, will be disapointed to have conceded

Peltier 9

Gets better every game, but has developed a bad habit of taking heavy knocks towards the end of games, never shirked a challenge

Williams 9

Carbon Copy free kick goal, certainly in-form and looking good, and another Swan celebration, whatever will they come up with next!?

P.Clarke 9

No one will be more disapointed to have conceded a soft goal than the skipper

N.Clarke 9

Showed why he is keeping Butler out of the team

Kay 9

Should have scored, but was denied somehow, getting better

Collins 9

Seems to be getting back to form, great assist for Roberts to score

Roberts 9

Classy performance and Swan celebrations from Robbo

Pilkington 10

Ran the show for me, looked clinical with his deliveries, definately back to his best

Novak 9

What injury, Novak is already a cult hero and could he perhaps be our next Andy Booth, loved by all?

Rhodes 9

On the score sheet as usual, class player

Robinson 6

didnt really get in to the game

Ainsworth 6

Chance to shine for Lionel, unfortunately he didnt take it

T. Clarke 7

Great to see him back in action, a few nice passes in his short time on the pitch

Manager Rating

Lee Clark, will be gutted to have let a goal in as he strives for perfection, but when you score six its not the end of the world

Date:Friday November 6 2009
Time: 11:22PM

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Quality, and showed what a settled side can achieve, interesting that Town have hit form over the past few weeks since putting Drinkwater on the bench! thoughts anyone?
06/11/2009 23:25:00
Pretty high ratings. Giving smithies a 9 when he did ***** all for the majority is...nice. Pilkington definately the best player on the pitch and should have really scored the goal he deserved.
07/11/2009 17:11:00
what would you have rated him at? didnt feel fair giving him a lower score than everyone else.. he didnt have much to do all game to be fair to him
07/11/2009 19:23:00
Probs 8. But then i'm harsh and would ahve marked some others lower. Possibly Nathan for his poor first 15mins display of hoofing the ball anywhere
08/11/2009 00:13:00
Soon be time for your Cup Final
Tiny T
10/11/2009 23:35:00
and for you to lose Tiny T
11/11/2009 00:20:00
Not this season, this is our year
Tiny T
11/11/2009 14:00:00
HAHAHA... Broken record
11/11/2009 15:16:00
Wouldnt say its our cup final, just an easy 3 points in the bag.
11/11/2009 22:42:00
and leeds fans reckon there not bothered about the west yorkshire derby 3points for the town army tiny t
12/11/2009 15:51:00
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