Writer: Red God
Date:Sunday April 17 2011
16 April 3.00pm
Dean Parrett, recovered from his hamstring tweak, was on the bench for the Addicks. His inclusion meant there was no place for an unhappy looking Alan McCormack, who made his way back to his car before the visitors had even arrived.
There was some good news on the injury front though, Ross Worner is fit to resume training following his broken finger with Johnnie Jackson set to feature in a game or two before the season ends.
As expected, Jon Fortune partnered Gary Doherty in defence with Miguel Llera on the bench in an otherwise unchanged starting line-up.
The first half was a turgid affair with neither keeper called into serious action. John Sullivan was assured, talked to his defenders and generally commanded his area.
Huddersfield opted for a 4-5-1 formation with Arsenal youngster, Benik Afobe, the lone front man with the prolific Jordan Rhodes left on the bench. Former Manchester United youngster, Anthony Pilkington, did not feature.
The second period produced much better fare. It was open, entertaining, end-to-end stuff with both sides creating good chances. On this performance, it was difficult to see how Huddersfield are doing so well but one of the old adages in football is that a good side can win without playing at their best. In the end, the difference was a touch of class from Joey Gudjonsson late on.
Jose Semedo clipped the Icelander 30 yards out, with Gudhonsson taking the resultant free-kick himself. Reid's instinctive leap with his hands above his head saw referee, Ollie Langford, award a second kick, 10 yards further forward.
Huddersfield had a decoy in the wall who moved out of the way as Gudjonsson thundered in the winner. It was tough on the hosts but hopefully, a year down the line, they will be celebrating similar important victories.
There were some bright spots in his team's display to give Powell heart. A well worked, inventive free-kick routine in the first half created a strike for Bradley Wright-Phillips. John Sullivan looks to be a solid last line of defence and with his contract up in the summer, the opportunity is there to sign him up for next season.
Michael Stewart would be a great asset for next term if a deal can be sorted. Not sure that a more forward role for Semedo is his forte though.
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Date:Sunday April 17 2011
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