Match Details: 18/09/2010
Huddersfield Town 4-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Dean Bowditch (9), Owain Tudur Jones (15)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 13. Stephen Henderson, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 24. Gavin Williams, 25. Shaun MacDonald
Subs: 4. Stefan Stam, 8. Luke Ayling, 16. Ed Upson, 17. Craig Calver, 18. Luke Freeman, 22. Ben Roberts, 23. Billy Gibson,
Substitutes Used: Luke Ayling for Andy Welsh (58 mins), Luke Freeman for Owain Tudur Jones (76 mins), Ed Upson for Gavin Williams (90 mins)
Bookings: Paul Huntington (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 16), Craig Alcock (Foul, 49), Gavin Williams (Dissent, 67), Owain Tudur Jones (Foul, 68)
Yeovil Town saw a two goal lead at the Galpharm Stadium slip away this afternoon, as four second half goals overturned the Glovers' shock 2-0 half time lead. Having taken the game to hosts Huddersfield Town during the opening quarter-hour, goals from Dean Bowditch and Owain Tudur Jones appeared to be setting themselves up for an amazing day. But second half strikes from Jamie McCombe, who netted twice, plus Scott Arfield and Gary Roberts ensured a complete turnaround for the Terriers.
The Glovers went into the match without goalkeeper John Sullivan, with Jean-Paul Kalala also dropping out of the squad entirely - Skivo's mystery player who had been borderline before the game. Rob Kiernan and Cameron Stewart continued to be the loan players left out of the playing squad, whilst Danny Hutchins was also absent. However, all of this caused only two changes to the starting line-up when the game kicked off.
The first half started so well - the Glovers taking a two goal lead to stun those in the stadium, including the away end! Craig Alcock's penetrating run into the Huddersfield half saw a cross from the right that was flicked off a Huddersfield head and into the path of Dean Bowditch, who netted with a crisp shot from inside the box to put the Glovers a goal up after nine minutes.
Six minutes later and the Glovers had the audacity to double their lead, with a set piece providing the goal. A foul out on the left flank on Andy Welsh saw Gavin Williams put in the resultant free kick and on the end of it was Owain Tudur Jones at the far post to stab the ball home. Two chances, two goals, and a dream start.
Despite the two goal deficit, Huddersfield had enough about them to suggest that they could be dangerous. They passed the ball crisply, making the Glovers look like they were playing the game at a different pace at times, but Yeovil stuck at it well, even if there was a feeling that they were getting sucked a little too deep, too early for the two goal advantage to be maintained.
At the other end, they still had attacking intent, with a Gavin Williams free kick being swallowed by home keeper Alex Smithies, whilst Dean Bowditch found his shot blocked out by centre-back Peter Clarke.
As the half closed, the Glovers had a couple of nervy moments, with débutante keeper Stephen Henderson palming an attempt away that he probably should have caught - the sign of a keeper who has played little first team football lately. Huddersfield ended the first period with a few wayward long range attempts, but the lead held out. So far, so very good.
If Yeovil were to keep the home crowd as quiet as they'd been during the first half, they needed to avoid giving the Terriers an early goal. Thus the 49th minute strike from Scott Arfield was a disappointment, not just for its timing, but for the way that Graham Carey's free kick had pinged around the box for some time without being cleared until Arfield got his chance to pounce.
As the Terriers turned the screw, the Glovers made a change, with Luke Ayling replacing Andy Welsh, although with Ayling adopting a more central role - a surprising choice given that Huddersfield's strengths had been down the flanks, and in particular down Welsh's and Smith's side.
Not that positional changes can have much to do with the two goals that Yeovil went on to concede, with both coming from set pieces, that an extra defensive-minded player should have given them an advantage on. Both were scored by former Bristol Rovers centre-back Jamie McCombe, and within three minutes of each other. The first was a 66th near post header, whilst the second that gave the Terriers the lead came when McCombe showed the technique of a striker - shielding the ball with his back to goal, before turning his marker and firing home past a helpless Henderson.
There was still time for Huddersfield to grab a fourth, as a big shout for a handball in the box saw referee David Foster point to the spot. There didn't seem to be too many complaints from the Yeovil players about the decision. Up stepped Gary Roberts and comfortably sealed the three points for the home side.
To Yeovil's credit, they battled well for the final 10 minutes, with a few half chances of their own. But the game was lost across the 10 minutes spell that saw Huddersfield turn a 1-2 disadvantage into a 4-2 win. Despite this being another away day four goal mauling, this wasn't anything near the scale of the Notts County performance, and it should be recognised that Huddersfield looked a strong and confident team - one whose win took them top of League One. The Glovers do need to work out how to stop the hefty number of goals being leaked though, particularly when they suffer set-backs in matches, as there is a tendency to cave in a little once the first goal goes in.
Final Score: Huddersfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Dean Bowditch (0-1, 9 mins), Owain Tudur Jones (0-2, 15 mins), Scott Arfield (1-2, 49 mins), Jamie McCombe (2-2, 66 mins), Jamie McCombe (3-2, 68 mins), Gary Roberts (4-2, pen 75 mins)
1. Alex Smithies
2. Lee Peltier 5. Peter Clarke 18. Jamie McCombe 36. Graham Carey
16. Scott Arfield 8. Antony Kay 14. Damien Johnson 7. Gary Roberts
21. Lee Novak 19. Alan Lee
13. Ian Bennett (GK) 4. Joey Gudjonsson (46 mins for Antony Kay) 10. Joe Garner 11. Anthony Pilkington 17. Jordan Rhodes (67 mins for Alan Lee) 22. Lee Croft 29. Liam Ridehalgh (89 mins for Graham Carey)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams 10. Dean Bowditch
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (58 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Edward Upson (90 mins for Gavin Williams) 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (76 mins for Owain Tudur Jones) 23. Billy Gibson
Huddersfield Bookings: Graham Carey (60 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (85 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (16 mins, excessive celebration), Craig Alcock (49 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (67 mins, dissent), Owain Tudur Jones (68 mins, foul)
Referee: David Foster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Simeon Lucas (Lancashire) and Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Gary Stott (Manchester).
Attendance: 13,479 (including 165 Yeovil supporters).