Rhodes Takes Town Second
21 January 2012
JORDAN Rhodes grabbed the headlines again as his 28th strike of the season sealed all three points and a return to the top two for The Terriers.
Rhodes, who produced a quality finish five minutes after the restart to lift Town back into the automatic promotion places, has scored 13 goals in his last seven matches.
It was a wonderful way to finish off the game but how different things could have been!
Brentford bossed the opening play as Town struggled to cope with the Bee's enthusiasm and energy. It was only a matter of time before the Huddersfield defence cracked and it was Captain Peter Clarke that gave away a soft penalty in the 21st minute.
Clarke, who should have stayed on his feet, went to ground in a challenge on Marcus Bean. To his credit Bean attempted to continue but referee Colin Webster deemed the initial challenge enough to award a penealty.
Gary Alexander sent 'keeper Ian Bennett the wrong way to give the visitors a much deserved lead.
Town looked shell shocked and things got worse just 8 minutes later as Brentford doubled their lead again through Gary Alexander!Niall McGinn showed a great burst of speed to beat Gary Naysmith to the byline (not hard i guess) and crossed low to the near post for Alexander to fire home his second from close range.
at this point things looked bleak for Town with fan's now turning on the team and several fans seen throwing in the towel and leaving the stadium - Hell we had only played 29 minutes!
That second goal seemed to wake up Town who saw Gary Roberts powerful strike palmed onto the bar by Bee's 'keeper Richard Lee in the 40th minute, it was moment that made you feel maybe it just wasn't to be our day.
However from the resulting corner Alan lee netted his 100th career league goal in somewhat controversial circumstances, but it was a goal that stood and perhaps a deserved rub of the green for the Irish man - who took a battering the entire game!
That goal had Brentford rocking as they were incensed at the decision to allow the goal to stand, Town now had all of the momentum and looked to finish the half the stronger side.
It was obvious that half-time was going to come just at the wrong time for Town but with 3 minutes added time at the end of the first half there was time for a Danny Ward flat cross to find big centre-back Jamie McCombe's head, and he directed a beautiful header past a stranded Richard Lee in the Brentford goal.
HALF TIME:- Huddersfield 2-2 Brentford.
I still would not have wanted to be in the Town dressing room at half-time - but whatever Lee Clark said seemed to have the right effect as Town continued in the second half how they ended the first.
Gary Roberts managed to hit the crossbar again - with a lovely chip - this earned him comparison to Lionel Messi from the Sky commentators!
It was then that man Rhodes that stepped up to win the game, a superb long ball from Jack Hunt, fell right into the path of Rhodes. The result looked inevitable as the striker dribbled past Marcel Eger and placed a wonderful shot past the despairing dive of 'keeper lee into the far corner.
It was come back complete for Huddersfield Town, who managed to see the game out, and reclaim second place on goal difference ahead of Sheffield Wednesday & United.
This could well be a turning point in our season and a massive 3 points.
FULL TIME: Huddersfield 3-2 Brentford.
Now the focus turns to Tranmere next Saturday at Prenton Park.
The hot-shot showed just why he is the hottest property in the football league with a well placed finish that won the game for Huddersfield and earnt his comparison to Thierry Henry from the Sky pundits.
Long may this form continue !
Peter Clarke (c)
Much better second half
Much better second half
Best game I've seen him have for a while
Lee Clark speaking to HTAFC.com
'It was very unlike a Huddersfield Town performance during the first half an hour; we were flat, didn't have any spark and I thought the players were looking at each other to get themselves going. However, what we did show in the last hour of the game was fantastic character and spirit.
'We had a couple of setbacks before the game kicked off. Lee Novak picked up an ankle injury in training on Friday, but he had a fitness test which he originally passed at 1pm. At 2pm I received the information that something wasn't right, so it was a last minute change. We had a terrific replacement in Alan Lee who did brilliantly well last week, but it meant a change to the side which we had already planned and worked on - and it looked like it affected us during the first half an hour because we couldn't get to grips with Brentford.'
Clark on Rhodes
finally on Town's automatic promotion chances