Sunday, 2 December 2012

Huddersfield Town 2 - 4 Leeds United

After a fantastic couple of games against Crystal Palace and Leicester, a short journey across the M62 to Huddersfield was next on the agenda for the Whites.

Not long after we found our seats, the boys pen began to sing the song we all know and love 'we all hate Leeds scum'....It was a bit early for them to be chirping up actually, their mummy's must have given them an extra Weetabix before they left the house. Their song was met with mostly cheers and laughter until we decided to join in with their little song, the look on their faces was priceless.

Obviously, Simon Grayson, Adam Clayton and Jermaine Beckford were now a part of Huddersfield Town and there are plenty of great memories but there was no time to be sentimental, that was, until we all found out Jermaine wasn't playing....Songs of his great goal scored at Old Trafford in the FA Cup rang around The John Smiths stadium. He waved to the 4,000+ travelling Leeds Fans.

Warnock made the decision to start Ross McCormack up front with Becchio, in favour of Diouf.

The first 10 minutes weren't the best for us, Huddersfield had come out of the tunnel firing on all cylinders and we felt a goal for the home side was only a matter of time.
The opener came on the 12th minute of play after some slack defending let Danny Ward pass from the outside of the box, into Chris Atkinson who was given the space to hit the ball past Paddy Kenny to make it 1 - 0.

Huddersfield controlled the game for the majority of the first half, but just before the half hour mark, we began to come into it, and play football.

The first goal came for us on the 35th minute when Becchio knocked down a cross from Paul Green, Jerome Thomas passed it to a waiting Michael Tonge who shot straight at Huddersfield keeper Smithies, the ball went under Smithies and into the back of the net. 1 - 1.

Our second goal came two minutes later when McCormack latched on to a fantastic ball from Tonge. Ross passed it to Becchio who was waiting, unmarked on the edge of the area, Luciano smashed the ball past Smithies to make the score 1 - 2. Que "It's all gone quiet over there".

Our celebrations didn't last long however, as Mike Dean spotted an infringement by Luciano Becchio on Anthony Gerrard in the area. Dean gave Luciano a yellow card and Adam Clayton stepped up to take the subsequent penalty. Clayton sent Kenny the wrong way and the home side were level once again.
Clayton chose to celebrate his goal in front of old boss, Warnock.

The first half had been somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster, we'd played well, but not as well as we can play and it was still anyone's game.

We came out in the second half, a different, more inspired team, like the fire in the pit of their stomach's had well and truly been lit. We had the pick of the chances and were keeping the Terriers quiet.

Ryan Hall was brought on in the 63rd minute for Jerome Thomas, which turned out to be a brilliant call by Warnock.
The substitute was involved in Leeds' third goal on the 70th minute when he passed the ball inside the area, to David Norris who finished from 12 yards out.

5 minutes from time and the 3 points looked almost certainly ours when Ryan Hall sent a fantastic ball into the box, Becchio, who was being marked by two Huddersfield men, beat them both to head home his second of the day.

Soon after, Warnock, who celebrated his 64th Birthday yesterday, took Becchio and Tonge off for Andy Gray and Michael Brown.

Brown almost scored a 5th in added time but his shot just glanced the crossbar.

The final whistle blew and it was game over, we'd beaten Huddersfield Town for the first time in 5 years in what was a wonderful team performance.

It's hard to single anyone out for man of the match, as there were a lot of candidates!!

McCormack looked like he'd never been injured, him and Becchio played brilliant together. I can only assume Warnock was going to bring Diouf on, late in the second half to hold the ball up and put some beefy tackles in, if the game had've been closer that is.

I love the way we never stopped looking for a goal, even when we were 4 up, we were still seeking a 5th.

Plaudits have to go to Ryan Hall who came on for Jerome Thomas, he set up both second half goals perfectly.

Green had a great game again, as did Byram, Tonge, Norris, Lees, Tate, Kenny....Ha ha!! Everyone!! The only criticism I would have is of Peltier, he backs away from attackers too much rather than just getting a tackle in!!

I have to mention, what did Clayton think he was going to get after celebrating scoring the penalty like he did?! A bunch of flowers delivered to his door by Interflora, courtesy of Leeds fans maybe?! Just what exactly, was he trying to prove, to a manager boasting 7 promotions on his CV?! Still, I bet he feels a bit silly now, eh?! Warnock was asked about the celebration and was quoted saying 'I did my celebrating after we won'. So did we Neil, so did we.

On the road again next week to Pride Park to play Derby County, another tough game, hoping for another 3 points.

MOT xx <3 xx

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