Date: 23rd February 2010 at 10:32pm
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A brace from the hard working Lee Novak was enough to secure another 3 points on the road for Huddersfield Town

The former Gateshead striker scored on 8 and 48 minutes and was unlucky perhaps not to have gained the matchball, but that third goal just wouldnt come for him.

The two goals take Novak onto 11 for the season after last weeks goal was awarded to Neal Trotman, although to me the replays still look like a Novak goal.

Gary Roberts was in outstanding form and perhaps just shaded the man of the match for me. He created Novak’s first goal with a lovely cross following a short corner between Roberts and Pilkington, Novak’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line by the linesman.

Novak’s second secured the game just after half time as the striker raced onto a through ball and powered past the helpless Tranmere defence as he fired a powerful low drive past the helpless Tranmere ‘keeper Daniels into the bottom left corner of the net.

Huddersfield were simply dominant throughout and thoroughly deserved all three points as they chalked up a third away win on the bounce.

The game was scrappy in periods in a snow peppered Prenton Park and Huddersfield will now turn their attention to Saturday’s derby with fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds united.

Player Ratings

Smithies 7
Rarely troubled, great to see him pick up another clean sheet

Peltier 7
Hardly troubled all game

Heffernan 7
Pushed forward well and dealt with the defensive side with minimal fuss

P.Clarke 7
Captain Clarke, was caught out of position a few times early on but the Town defence was rarely troubled

Trotman 7
Won everything in the air again! Seems to be settling in now

Kay 7
Back to haunt his former club, did well

Drinkwater 8
One of his best games so far and has formed a good understaning with Kay

Roberts 9
Sizzling form from Roberts, who worked hard both defensively and set up the first goal as well as many other chances during the game

Pilkington 7
Had a few shots to test the tranmere ‘keeper, again is in great form at the moment

Rhodes 8
Worked hard, unlucky not to score and perhaps should have won a penalty

Novak 9
Two Goals, fully deserved worked hard throughout and was unlucky not to get his first professional senior hat trick

Manager Rating
Lee Clark 10

Superb recent form from the Terriers and much credit goes to Lee for sorting out the away form. Keep it up boss!