Terriers Triumphant at Hillsborough
Tuesday, 2 November
Huddersfield Town leave Hillsborough on a wet and windy Tuesday evening, following a dominant and hugely impressive display, with all three points
The Terriers in truth could and probably should have won the game by more, but a 4,000 plus travelling backing were more than happy with the two goals Town served up.
Firstly Graham Carey scored a simply stunning free-kick from around 25 yards out. The on-loan Celtic man powered home the kick between the helpless Wednesday 'keeper Nicky Weaver and his left hand post.
And just as the Town faithful, who were in great voice all evening, had just finished celebrating Carey's wonder strike the man of the moment Anthony Pilkington popped up to score what proved to be the decisive blow and the final nail in Wednesdays coffin.
Joey Gudjonsson intercepted a poor pass out of defence from Purse before immediately sliding the ball behind the Owls defence for Jordan Rhodes; he turned inside and laid the ball off to Garner on the edge of the box, who immediately pushed it to the right for the onrushing winger. Pilkington ran onto the ball in assured style and bent a now trademark shot around the goalkeeper with his left foot and into the bottom corner to send the visiting supporters into raptures.
Sheffield Wednesday were booed from the field at Half Time by their own fans, and whilst they attempted to muster a comeback it was never really on the cards, with Ian Bennett in the Town goal rarely troubled by the Owls strikeforce.
Town fans were treated to a first glimpse of Benik Afobe who came on in the 65th minute for Joe Garner. Afobe looked confident and showed some nice touches of skill, one that lead to a booking for Owls defender Mark Beevers.
Afobe, Arfield and Rhodes all went close to adding to Town's tally, but the game finished at 2-0.
Ian Bennett 8
Lee Peltier 8
Liam Ridehalgh 8
Peter Clarke (c) 9
Antony Kay 8
Damien Johnson 8
Joey Gudjonsson 7
Graham Carey 8
Anthony Pilkington 10
Joe Garner 7
Jordan Rhodes 8
Benik Afobe 7
Scott Arfield 7
Got the team selection bob on, and despite Town holding a good lead, his eagerness on the touchline for perfection shone through
Lee Clark speaking to htafc.com
We've done nothing yet though, so I'm not getting overly excited. I just wanted to show my appreciation to the fans for their fantastic continued support."
"We saw two terrific finishes tonight. I told everyone about Graham Carey and the fact that we first spotted him in the behind closed doors friendly against Celtic when he did that to us and he's now done that a couple of times already for us! As for Anthony Pilkington, he is just on one of those runs at this moment in time - he is an absolute gem of a player with quality in both feet.
"At the end we saw professionalism and quality; players playing at the top of their game and using their football brains. They threw everything at us and used all three subs, so when they got an injury they went a man down - at that stage we killed them because we kept the ball using one and two touch football, We kept moving the ball from side to side and they couldn't get near us as we ran the clock down.
"If there had been another 10 or 15 minutes and we had continued that, the chances would have opened up for us but we didn't have to force it."
Lee Clark on new signing Benik Afobe, again speak
and Lee Clark's final message to the Town fans,