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Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Millwall

MILLWALL failed to build on Ed Upson's equaliser as they slipped to a tame 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield, who won for the first time under new boss Chris Powell.

The Lions fell behind through Nahki Wells' fine solo effort but Upson levelled when he converted Scott McDonald's cross to score his first goal for the club.

But when Nicky Bailey was adjudged to have tripped Harry Bunn inside the area, Wells scored from the penalty spot even though David Forde dived the right way.

The visitors evidently felt that the winning penalty was the result of a poor decision, with Bailey booked for his protests, but Huddersfield deserved their win.

Defeat was Millwall's third in four games since the international break.

Bailey's return to the side was one of three changes that Ian Holloway made to his line up.

Also included in the side were striker Ricardo Fuller and midfielder Upson, while Lee Gregory was named among the substitutes after injury.

Jimmy Abdou continued at right back in Carlos Edwards' absence but Mathias Ranegie was benched and Jermaine Easter was left out of the squad.

The two sides cancelled each other out in the first 20 minutes, with a blocked Upson shot and a dangerous Abdou cross the only highlights of a dull opening.

But Upson brought the game to life when his curling drive from just inside the area clipped the underside of the crossbar and bounced behind to safety.

The Lions looked to be turning the screw, as Shaun Williams saw another effort charged down, but it was Huddersfield who took the lead in the 37th minute.

Joel Lynch's long pass out of defence was flicked on by Harry Bunn to Wells, who lashed a rising half-volley into the far corner beyond David Forde's despairing dive.

But the hosts' lead lasted just four minutes as Upson clinically converted Scott McDonald's right-wing cross with an emphatic first-time finish.

Forde then parried away a Wells shot from 20 yards to ensure Millwall went into the half-time interval on level terms.

But Huddersfield restored their advantage 12 minutes after half time.

Bailey got too tight to Bunn as he scampered into the box and the winger went down under the slightest of touches, prompting referee Carl Boyeson to point to the spot.

Wells made no mistake from the spot and confidence appeared to seep out of the Lions after they went 2-1 behind.

With Millwall sluggish in open play, a set piece looked the most likely route to goal and Mark Beevers nearly grabbed one from a corner, only for Alex Smithies to make a smart save.

Holloway then made a triple substitution – bringing on Justin Hoyte, Magaye Gueye and Mathias Ranegie – but the change did little to turn the tide.

Ricardo Fuller put two half-chances well wide of the Terriers' net in the closing stages but the visitors offered little resistance as they slipped to a deserved defeat.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

26 thoughts on “Report: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Millwall

  • September 27, 2014 at 17:21
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    How were those sub's going to make a difference - Hoyte??! At least Easter out of squad so hopefully IH has given up thinking he is good. We are now looking like a relegation battle is on the cards - can score or defend especially long balls and set pieces.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:25
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    wells done us again?. how many more poor teams gonna beat us before we sign a striker who scores goals? oh yeh we have one who is sat on the f@%king bench again ffs sort it ollie

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:26
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    I've only seen it once, but I did say penalty as soon as I saw it. It looked like a very silly one to give away. I missed the first half but in the first 12 minutes of the second half I thought Millwall looked comfortable, but they completely lost their way after that. A couple of near misses, from Beevers and Fuller (ok, not so near in the latter case) but not much else to write home about in the second half.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:31
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    we buy a player with confidence and then we destroy him

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:36
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    we had a bloke on the bench who scored 30 goals last year (non league i know) deff knows where the goal is, pleading for chance and ollie brings Hoyte on!! dont get that one Mr H? think we're a decent team but a bit like having a decent car with no engine, dont really work!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:45
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    Ive got the right pox of this. OLLIE PLAY GREGORY ! Also shut the f*** up ! Your not funny anymore. Sort your head out ffs

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    • September 27, 2014 at 17:59
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      @DiggerWall: I'm getting the pox aswell now, I starting to think ollie thinks being millwall manager is just a bit of fun,hope he f@@ks off now.

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      • September 27, 2014 at 18:08
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        @foxy: The c*** is turning into a cartoon . Getting bored of his b******* now fox .

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    • September 27, 2014 at 18:38
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      yes play Gregory...we bought him to score goals...and we cannot score goals...a no brainer surely!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:45
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    Huddersfield play a goalscorer signed from lower League - He scores GOALS.
    Huddersfield also sign a goalscorer on Loan (on the bench).

    We sign a goalscorer who spends his time on the Bench ???????/
    We sign a useless lump of s**t on Loan.

    IH did you really say we needed a win to get up near play-offs ?
    We are going one way - down to the relegation area.
    SPEECHLESS !!!!

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    • September 27, 2014 at 17:58
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      @Longfield Lion: We're certainly going in the wrong direction - just one win in eight and that was at home to Blackpool. We all had higher hopes for this season, but from what I've seen it could be another tough campaign again.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:47
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    I would like Ollie to come on here and confirm why we put a right back on the pitch, whilst Gregory is on the bench what a diabolical decision!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:49
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    Olly ffs get a grip. The choice of sub was horrendous. MR made a difference but fuller was dia and easter or Gregory would have been better! Spending my hard earned money watching half hearted sh7te today. Need to sort this out. No excuses Ian!! Show us you were/are worth it!!!!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:54
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    Got to be careful not to swear because I'm that f*#@$!g angry.

    1. That was a gutless performance. They are paid to play and that was not good enough.
    2. Holloway has to find a plan B and a plan C. If we are not passing the ball well as he says, then we need to be able to change tactics and either be a bit harder to beat or more direct.
    3. About the passing game. We play good football. However, this is mostly confined to our own half or just beyond the halfway line. At the top end, very, very little.
    4. If you are going to play a static front man (Fuller/Ranegie) then you need runners behind him, which we don't have, or crosses from the by-line, which we don't do hardly ever.
    5. Why is our best footballer and passer (Williams) restricted to picking the ball up from our defence and playing 10 or 20 yards passes? Bailey can do that. Anyone can. Absolutely criminal waste of talent. That boy can play, he should be playing a lot higher up the pitch.
    6. Formation. 4-2-3-1 is the current fashionable system. We haven't got the players for it. McDonald is not a number 10. He doesn't influence the game enough. Ranegie/Fuller or Gregory/Ranegie or Gregory/Fuller as pairs would be a greater goal threat than our current line up. We didn't have two wide players today so Woolford was on the right and McDonald and Upson took turns down the left. If we haven't got the players for the system, why play it?????????????
    7. The substitutions today were baffling, as people above have said.
    8. We paid a quarter of a mill for Gregory. At the time we bought him, he was hot. Holloway didn't play him from the start of the season, then we get the explanation that he didn't come on in the Cup because he was going to play on the Saturday, then he doesn't play on the Saturday. Then he disappears. Then he comes back. If Holloway has a problem with Gregory then he should say. Did he buy him or was he bought? If his attitude bad? Has he not settled down here? Is he not good enough? This is conjecture, but if Gregory has played the same amount of games as Ranegie/Fuller combined he'd have at least four goals by now. I saw him play a few times for Halifax and he knows where the goal is.

    Anyway, rant over. Saturday night ruined.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:55
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    A different take on 5 things we learned today.
    H. How does Olly think we are playoff contenders.
    O. Oh come on Olly give Gregory a chance!
    Y. Y don't you put Gregory on?
    T. Tell me again why Hoyte came on?
    E. Escaping the drop again will be our season story.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 17:55
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    Play 2 upfront you c***, F*** sake!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 18:09
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    I would liken us to boxer who has fancy footwork , a steady jab but no knockout blow !
    We're getting easy to play against because it's so unlikely that we'll outscore the opposition.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 18:24
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    You pay £250,000 for a striker,who scored 30 goals last year and is sitting on the bench while fuller misses chance after chance, at 2-1 down IH brings on hoyte WTF, plays Bailey who as just come back from injury and ain't really ready in my eyes.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 18:27
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    Justine hoyte is a wage thief fact. TODAY OLLIE YOUR ARE NAIVE C*** ! Sorry mate that is how i see it. Dont worry im more naive than you, thinking we might have a go this year. YOU SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELFS .PATHETIC SECOND HALF ! Feel sorry for our hard working Fans who went to poxy yorkshire to watch you !

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  • September 27, 2014 at 19:39
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    1 point out of 12 says it all really. Totally disappointing after starting the season with some great football. We need a win fast but can we get it against Birmingham?? We haven't done a number on them for ages FFS Put a goal scorer on, wasted chances today and no goals yet again from the front. Gregory has to play or we might as well send him back to His old club on loan!!!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 19:49
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    I watched the game and what I saw was this: what was supposed to be the creative pass attempt was blocked by Huddersfield players at the 40-yard point time after time (which always led to a Huddersfield counter attack). Did they push men up to defend at 40 yards because they knew we had incapable attackers? Seems obvious to me they were not scared of us attacking so pushed up, and we'll fall to this tactic again and again.

    I also don't get why Gregory is not given time. Beginning to think there is something personal.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 22:14
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    So this is 'the Millwall way' - put on an unfit defender instead of a hungry striker when you're 2-1 down?

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  • September 27, 2014 at 22:22
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    Brought so many midfielders he either don't know who to play or wants to please em all so he's got no room for the one player we all want to see Gregory you cnut

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  • September 27, 2014 at 22:25
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    How did Jimmy do

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