Date: 28th January 2012 at 5:09pm
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Huddersfield came away from Prenton Park with a draw after surviving an onslaught from a Tranmere side that played way above what their league position would suggest.

The hosts can perhaps be a little disappointed to leave with the solitary point after they dominated the game from the off and their performance deserved all three.

Tranmere had far the best of the first half with Huddersfield failing to register a single shot on target, and just the one attempt off target.

Town had defended valiantly and loan signing Sean Morrison making his debut on-loan from Reading was particularly looking impressive.

It was a first half to write off for the Terriers, who will have undoubtedly have suffered the wrath of an irate looking Lee Clark at half time.

Half Time:- Tranmere 0 – 0 Huddersfield.

Whatever Lee Clark said at half time seemed to have sunk in as Huddersfield took the lead on 49 minutes through Jordan Rhodes, perhaps it would be a scrappy game that we would leave with an undeserved 1-0 victory.

Danny Ward had to be replaced immediately following that goal and that unsettled Town with a reshuffled defence. Tom Clarke came on and went to right back with Jack Hunt moving to Right Wing and Danny Cadamarteri moving to the left wing.

It wasn’t ideal timing as Tranmere went up the other end and equalised through Adam McGurk almost direct from the restart.

The newly introduce Clarke failed to track McGurk as the impressive Devaney sent the ball in the striker was able to score unchallenged past a helpless Ian Bennett.

Town replaced Lee Novak in the 62nd minute with Alan Lee, the big striker took a battering from Tranmere and was eventually forced off after 80 minutes, sustaining an injury that Lee Clark felt he would have to review follwoing the game as he claimed he felt the referee hadn’t offered Big Alan any protection.

Anton Robinson was the man who came on to replace Lee and he took up a position in the hole as Town looked to claim a late winner.

In truth it was something that wouldn’t have been deserved and the team were unable to create anything really of note other than a speculative strike from Cadamarteri from distance that was easily saved by Rachubka.

It was definitely a point gained for Town but questions must be asked of why Town failed to get into the game and the options available on the bench perhaps proved to be costly – with many Town fans agreed that a Keeper, 3 defensive midfielders and a striker wasn’t a positive bench.

FULL TIME Tranmere 1 – 1 Huddersfield.

Town’s team (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett; Gary Naysmith (c), Sean Morrison, Jamie McCombe, Jack Hunt; Danny Ward (Tom Clarke 50), Oscar Gobern, Damien Johnson, Danny Cadamarteri; Lee Novak (Alan Lee 62 (Anton Robinson 80)), Jordan Rhodes

Unused Subs: Alex Smithies, Tommy Miller

Town Bookings: Oscar Gobern 61; Jamie McCombe 80

Tranmere Booking: James Wallace 90

Player Ratings

Ian Bennett
.Made some telling saves and blocks – without him we would certainly have lost today

Jack Hunt
.We have a great player on our hands here, went to right wing for second half

Sean Morrison
.Solid Debut as Captain Peter Clarke was dropped/rested

Jamie McCombe
.Should be making more of his aerial ability in the opposition half – unfortunately for Town we didnt get there enough today only 2 corners!

Gary Naysmith
.Decent display made a good challenge late on as Tranmere pressed for a winner

Danny Cadamarteri
.Created the goal for Rhodes and had Town’s only other attempt on target from distance late on

Oscar Gobern
.Lots of misplaced passes, sideways & backwards – not a good display

Damien Johnson
.Looked off the pace

Danny Ward
.Had to come off injured after Rhodes opening goal – maybe set for a spell on the sidelines

Lee Novak
.Worked hard as always unhappy to be taken off after just 62 minutes

Jordan Rhodes
.One Chance. One Goal. A Class above – wont be happy at lack of service today

Tom Clarke
.Failed to track McGurk that perhaps cost Town a goal but also made a brilliant goal line clearance from Akins to keep Town level and earn us the point

Alan Lee
.Forced off on 80 minutes with an injury. Took an absolute battering
.Little time to influence the game


4 Replies to “Huddersfield Escape The Wirral with a Draw”

  • Yet again clark has messed with the starting line up and we have got off to a poor (dismal) start to the game.Last week we managed to overcome a 2 goal defecite to win the game.This week clark excelled himself by making 4 changes,one of which not withstanding was the inclusion of Sean Morrison at the expense of who was in my book last weeks MOTM Peter Clark.As a result we up ended not surprisingly,very furtunate to come away from prenton park with a point.We wont strengthen our defence or team for that matter by chopping and changing personel every week.If clark wants to strengthen our defence,then he needs to take a look at the defensive side of our midfield play.Breaking up play in midfield,and tracking midfield runners goes a long way to making a central defenders life easy as it cuts out supply to the oppositions forwards.Teams do it to us week in week out.Tranmere with a thread bare squad managed to do it comfortably,as Jordan Rhodes im sure will testify.Wake up clark.

  • Clarko must have taken notice of your posting 3D !!! He’s highlighted your point about loosing it in midfield in tonights (Monday)examiner supliment…Know what you mean 24…Doh…

  • I wouldnt hold your breath if i were you 80s terrier.We have half of the midfielders registered in the football league at the club,but clark still cant work out how to get control of midfield on match days.When we find a formula that starts to show promise,and this goes for all areas of the park,he changes things around and mucks everything up.He has this idea at the moment that we play high tempo attacking football.Well fair enough at times we do see it,and when we do we are usually able to overpower the opposition.What clark doesnt seem to grasp is that this sort of football although very very entertaining,and with the right players on the pitch will win you games,these tactics are also likely to ship goals too.Peterborough last season had a horrific defensive record.They got promoted in the end.Winning games by scoring vast amounts of goals,these goals,and their ability to come from behind also instilled according to fergueson junior,the all important fear factor in their opposition.With 2 inform strikers up front we would be able to do the same.At the end of the day unless clark finds a tried and tested text book system and sticks to it,one that HE and the pleeaz can understand,then we will continue to blunder on blindly with limited sucess,patching up endless areas of concern with new pleeaz and half baked ideeaz masquerading as tactics.That is until Deano has had enough,and either gets rid of clark,or dissolusioned,chucks the keys through the door and walks.imo.

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