Date: 3rd January 2011 at 2:36pm
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WEDNESDAY started 2011 with defeat against League One promotion rivals Huddersfield Town as Anthony Pilkington hit a superb first-half winner at the Galpharm Stadium.

Pilkington’s long-range effort was the difference as the Owls continued to struggle against sides around them at the top of the table as the Terriers completed a league double over their Yorkshire rivals.

Both sides had good chances in an open and entertaining first-half and the Owls could well feel unfortunate to go in behind.

But a more scrappy second half suited the hosts as Wednesday failed to really trouble Town stopper Alex Smithies and Lee Clark’s men continued their good home form against the Owls – who haven’t won in West Yorkshire since Nigel Worthington’s winner in 1984.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made three changes to the side that lost 5-1 at Exeter City last time out – a match played before Christmas.

Jon Otsemobor came in for Daniel Jones at right-back, while James O’Connor replaced Darren Potter in central midfield and Neil Mellor returned in attack, with Chris Sedgwick returning to the bench.

Town came into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw at Carlisle United on Saturday but the Owls hadn’t played since before Christmas due to matches being postponed.

And the hosts looked to take full advantage of Wednesday’s lack of match action as they came flying out of the traps.

Wednesday stopper Nicky Weaver had to be alert to deny Lee Novak with a fine save in the opening exchanges as Town looked for an early breakthrough.

But Wednesday rode the early storm from the hosts and carved out some chances of their own at the other end, with Mark Beevers seeing a header come crashing back off the post from a Gary Teale corner.

Pilkington forced Weaver into another good save while, as the game continued to flow from end to end, Tommy Miller glanced a header over the bar.

There was no let-up in the early pace of the game and Jermaine Johnson caused the Town defence all kinds of problems with a superb move which saw the Jamaican play a neat one-two with Morrison before fluffing his chance wide from the edge of the box.

Teale also saw a direct free-kick go straight into the arms of the impressive Smithies before Town opened the scoring.

The game always looked like it was going to provide goals, and it came in emphatic style as Pilkington was left free to unleash a superb left-footed strike which looped over Weaver and into the top corner to give the hosts the advantage in the 26th minute.

Wednesday almost produced an instant response from a Miller free-kick, but the midfielder’s powerful effort was brilliantly turned over by Smithies.

The visitors will have felt they should have been on level terms going into the half-time interval when a goalmouth scramble almost saw Darren Purse get a final touch into the back of the net.

The ball fell for Mellor, who saw a close-range effort superbly saved by Smithies before the Town stopper and his defence did well to deny Purse from the rebound.

Lee Clark’s men maintained their 1-0 advantage into half-time though and the Owls had a tough task to get back into the game in the second half.

Half-Time: Huddersfield 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday made a bright start to the second half and thought they were on level terms just minutes after kick-off.

Morrison hooked a neat finish into the back of the net but was deemed offside by the assistant referee, a call which proved to be correct from the replays.

The second 45 failed to live up to the open, lively, encounter of the first half – something which suited a Town side happy with their 1-0 lead.

James O’Connor’s relatively tame shot from the edge of the box failed to really trouble Smithies as the Owls struggled to carve out the same chances that had in the first 45 minutes.

The visitors were restricted to long-range efforts, Johnson again jinxing his way into a shooting position but failing to provide the killer blow as he fired well wide.

The Terriers, too, struggled for many clear-cut chances but Kevin Kilbane, making his home debut following a loan move from Hull City, came close with a powerful long-range drive in the 67th minute.

Wednesday’s best chance perhaps came with 20 minutes to go but Mellor failed to find the target.

A long clearance forward by Weaver allowed Johnson to chest the ball down into the path of the striker, but Mellor struck his effort harmlessly over the bar when he should have done better.

The Owls made a double change with Daniel Jones replacing Otsemobor and Chris Sedgwick coming on for Teale, while Town introduced Alan Lee from the bench in place of Jordan Rhodes.

Paul Heffernan was then brought on with three minutes to go in place of James O’Connor, but it was too little too late for the visitors.

Morrison did have a half chance in stoppage time but he put his header over the bar to the frustration of the 4,000 travelling Wednesdayites behind the goal.

It wasn’t the start Wednesday wanted to 2011 as Town climbed into the automatic promotion spots, for a few hours at least.

Full-Time: Huddersfield 1-0 Wednesday


22 Replies to “Huddersfield Town 1-0 Wednesday”

  • Could not believe that chance johnson missed in front of goal, he did not have a good game seems to have gone into that frame of mind tugay did before he went

  • 9 defeats from 22 games is a disgrace, thats nearly half our games we have lost. i hate to say it but AI’s had plenty of time, its a shambles, its time to go. we’ve got the best squad in that league already, we shouldnt have to rely to super milan putting his hand in his pocket. is it really worth giving AI money? not for me thanks.

  • Could have been worse for your boys today mind, Good game im sure your lot will be around the play offs come season end!

  • We were poor today otsembor oconner johnson all poor today the game cried out for someone to put ther foot on the ball but again we lacked quality very dissapointed with this showing.

  • on plymouths page it says we are in talks with one of their center backs, Reda Johnson, not really sure who this bloke is.

  • dezzy think he pretty decent big lad powerful in the air scored a few goals for them but he also gets sent off a lot dont think morrison coming playin for leicester 2day again

  • yeah iv just done some digging, only 22, got some very good reviews despite them going down last season. i suppose much like when Bougherra went down with crewe. id take another like him, with a little less of the attitude.

  • I’m not a fan of Irvine, I don’t like seeing managers getting the boot, owls have seen too much of that but I can’t see us progressing under his management, If were gonna change managers we need to do it now whlie the transfer windows open and before it’s too late, AI doesn’t know how to mix things up for me, it’s stagnent and boring, he can’t make a tactical substitution. I don’t think we need to do any spending except for a decent centre forward and a defensive midfielder.

  • thought otsemobor played pilkington well so he switched wings and caught spurr and teale asleep, the performance was not good enough and on the back of the exeter shamles irvine must go.

  • never really looked like scoring all game apart from the offside. thought it was a great goal to win the match but the defending was awful for the build up. otsemebor had a shocking, didn’t look interesting at all. jj was poor. mellor ran well. Irvine takes too long to make substitutions! think he needs to go, a we HAVE to put a run together, charlton is a MUST win. C’mon wednesday sort it out.

  • Just got back from Huddersfield and feel a tad deflated, apart from the fact the piggies have just lost 2-1. There were a lot of poor individual performances today, Miller and O’Conner never got hold of the midfield, Otsemobor is awful defensively, and Morrison just needs to get on with the game and stop throwing tantrums all the time.

    On the plus side I thought Purse and Beevers did well, but they always do when they’re reactive and don’t have much time to think about it!

    As for Irvine, obviously he’s been doing his scouting in the three weeks we’ve had off and will have players lined up to come in. I think changing the manager now wouldn’t put us in a good position both for continuity within the club and potential signings.

    Just spoke to my old man and he’s said Sam Alladyce is a possibility (although he does enjoy the whisky!).

    Come on lads lets get behind the biys and push them on into 2011!

    PS Huddersfield – very poor not selling alcohol at the ground. No trouble whatsoever! UTO

  • Irvine has said on radio s.u. that we deserved something today, the only thing he deserves is the sack, thank god i’m out of the country when we play Charlton, i will have a job giving my season tickets to someone, no one wants to go anymore.

  • watching charlton and swindon rite now can see why they beat us more drive passion only thing is charlton keeper is crap

  • Pilkington and Roberts always switch wings halway through each half, its like clockwork so predictable but effective

  • Went today and sat in town end with family! That was fun! Think we need 2 full backs, as none can defend 1 on 1. Also what has heff done wrong, strikers had shocking 2nd half you our sub striker gets 2 mins. I think it’s time for a management change, sorry AI

  • Don’t like saying this because i hate the pigs, but i wish we could go for it like they do at the end, we just look to see games out, no pressure at all, bring forwards on with 3 minutes left, and leave Johnson on all game who don’t give a toss, its embarrassing to see, even Lee Clark was pushing them for more right to the end, but Irvine nothing just like our team not even bothered, it says it all.

  • I watched yesterdays game in the middle of the gym session. This would of never happend but I don’t really like giving up 2 hours of my day just to be disapointed by a hapless Wednesday. I actually thought we did ok though second half we werent a team who were trying to get back in to it. I think we probably deserved a point from the first half performance nothing on the second. I actually think we need 5-6 new players though I see 3-4 more likely in Jan. Yesterday again Weaver was our mom which says a lot. Otsembor is terrible I am not sure how he made it as a professional. Dan Jones another shocking player all be it he came on right back I’ve seen him left back and he is awful. I don’t think he’s good enough left wing either before you mention it. Purse had an excellent game as did Beevers but I am sorry Purse is always likely to cost us goals from stupid fouls then not defending a set piece. Spurr I don’t know. Think he needs a rest we need a left back I think he may make it a centre half. JOC works his socks off No one can fault that though he does struggle. Miller I do rate but definatly need a hungry younger centre midfielder. Remember Joey O Brien who we had from Bolton last time in league one?? Partnered Whelan he was excellent. I know he’s been injured but someone of his ilk. Mellor should finished a couple Morrison yes he moans winges but works hard and is a good finisher. JJ oh dear I don’t think lazy just very frustrating and can not finish. He’s to inconsistent to be a star player for us. Teale is ok should never come off Sedgwick just a mere cover player for me was good at Rotherham years ago when he had legs.

    Irvine – I don’t get. Bring a striker with 3 minutes left?? Just pathetic to watch. If I was Heffernan I’d be off like a shot. He should brought Potter Heff on earlier. Never taken Teale off. I am not sure he’s the right man to take us forward. He brings an air of predictability with him and I think he must go. Sorry to say as he’s a decent bloke but Mandaric won’t like what he’s seen so far. We have lost to Charlton Southampton Hudds twice this will cost us. Beating Rochdale Orient won’t see us up. Rant over

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