Report: Huddersfield Town 3-0 Millwall

MILLWALL were resoundingly beaten by Huddersfield Town in Saturday's lunchtime basement battle at the John Smith's Stadium.

A brace from former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan's well-taken goal sealed a comfortable victory for the Terriers, who moved out of the relegation zone.

But the Lions slipped closer to danger and will nervously await other results from the 3pm kick-offs, with Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers all in action.



Kenny Jackett made three changes to the side that beat Watford in midweek, drafting in Shaun Batt, Martyn Woolford and Karleigh Osborne for Jermaine Easter, Chris Taylor and Shane Lowry.

Huddersfield made a bright start to the game and, after forcing two early corners, Beckford reached Oliver Norwood's lofted cross but headed over from six-yards out.

In the eighth minute, 'keeper David Force parried another Beckford header before frontman James Vaughan blazed over on the rebound, although his blushes were spared by the offside flag.



Millwall were slow out of the traps but nearly stole the lead against the run of play soon after when James Henry's free-kick smacked the top of the crossbar and bounced away to safety.

Norwood's driven set-piece caused havoc in the visitors' area and it took a last-ditch clearance from Shittu to prevent the ball flying straight in.

Vaughan sent an improvised bicycle-kick well over but Beckford pounced on Shittu's error to open the scoring in the 37th minute, lofting the ball over Forde from a tight angle.

Forde made a stunning save to prevent Jack Hunt from montauk-monster.com/pharmacy/accutane adding a quick-fire second, before a Terriers corner was somehow scrambled off the line.

But home stopper Alex Smithies was called into action on the stroke of half-time to beat away a low free-kick from Henry that had flown straight through the defensive wall.

Things nearly went from bad to worse for Shittu three minutes after the restart when Hunt's cross rebounded off his knee and towards his own goal – but Forde was on hand to make the save.

Batt carved out a half-chance for himself when he chased down a long ball and forced Peter Clarke into an error, but when the ball finally dropped his shot was tame.

But after Forde had made an instinctive save from Vaughan, the on-loan Norwich star latched onto Adam Clayton's pass, steadied himself and drilled home a second goal in the 54th minute.

Substitute Easter nearly pulled one back with his first touch, but his flick from Henry's low first-time delivery flew straight into the arms of Smithies.

And it was 3-0 just after the hour mark when Beckford sprung the offside trap, raced clear of Shittu and hammered the ball past the helpless Forde, who was arguably Millwall's best player.

Easter summed up the Lions' afternoon when he lofted an easy chance over the bar from no more than four yards after Rob Hulse's knock-down from Henry's cross.

Huddersfield sub Lee Novak could have added a fourth goal when Osborne's mistimed header allowed him a clean run on goal but Forde got down well at his near post to make the save.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

37 thoughts on “Report: Huddersfield Town 3-0 Millwall

  • April 20, 2013 at 14:32
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    Another weekend ruined.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 14:35
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    21 goals in last 26 games, no player in FIFTY top goalscorers in the league, 4 wins in 16, gone from 5th to 16th & Batt is starting. Jackett has to go at the end of the season. We aren't going anywhere with him.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 14:52
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    Diabolical. Don't think anyone deserves a contract until they can string at least 3 good results together. Where are our goals coming from???

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  • April 20, 2013 at 15:00
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    That was boring we can't let teams at the bottom keep beating us what the f*** is going on, we beat all the good teams and get stuffed by the teams below it don't make any sense, to many s*** loan players KJ made a f*** up Shittu had a poxy game hope they don't play like that Tuesday KJ we can't score mate if we stay in this league you need to give us something back like a couple of good players we can't watch this s*** every week, hope we can still trust in you COYL

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  • April 20, 2013 at 15:03
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    My daughter went and she knows her football. She has just rung and said we were useless and just did not turn up. She said the only 2 that come out with credit were Forde and Henry. Batt is what he has always been not up to this level. Keogh was p*** poor, Husle came on she thinks ,but not sure, as he did not touch the ball. Easter again put one over the bar from 1 yard. Oh sorry Woolford was also out there somewhere. No one creative in midfield , surprise,surprise. And the really worrying thing is that the Shitts was really poor. But you all know all this anyway, because its been the same for the last 4 months, apart from the odd 10 minutes here and there. Beckford was different class and got man of the match although I can't stand him I would have him in our side tomorrow, he's just score goals. The worrying thing is that we all saw this coming 3 months ago and we just went out and got a load of s***. You cannot turn players that can't get into there own championship sides, into good players that can get into our side, unless they may have had a injury and are on ther way back etc. They are in the stiffs for a reason, name me one of our subs that anyone else in this division would want. Lets hope results go our way.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 15:29
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    Oh and by the way if any players do read this site. The coaches left at 5.30 this morning for a 4 hour trip to watch that rubbish, and they have a 4 hour trip back. These people actually pay your wages and some are struggling to manage them self. So why some of you cannot play a work like your life depended on it for 90 minutes is beyond me. You should be ashamed of your selfs.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 16:20
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    Hopefully not a repeat of 1996 - when we won at home midweek (against Birmingham) and thought we were safe, only for a 3-0 defeat at Huddersfield, which started a losing run that ending in relegation!

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    • April 20, 2013 at 18:05
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      Remember it well Micky and was hoping no one would mention it, but two more points keeps us up, would like to think out of our remaining we can get at least a win, and Tuesday is probably the best chance we've got.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 16:29
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    We are just lucky we had Chris wood. Simple as that. Goal scorers give confidence to other players and can get the whole team playing better, that's what wood did for us. 4 players are needed to make us a decent side.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 16:58
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      Didn't KJ and his team sign Chris Wood? No luck there.

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      • April 20, 2013 at 17:13
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        If you praise KJ for signing Wood then you have to criticise him for signing Hulse, Woolford, Easter, Tyson, Saville, Afobe. 6 bad v 1 good.

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        • April 20, 2013 at 17:20
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          Didn't praise or criticise, just made the point that it was KJ who signed him. He also signed Kane and Morison. Afobe is a bit harsh, Saville is a kid. Every manager in every league makes bad signings but not every manager could keep us up yet again on the tightest of budgets. For anyone wanting KJ out all I'll say is be careful what you wish for.....

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  • April 20, 2013 at 16:36
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    I really think Jackett needs to go. He's done so much for Millwall but I don't want to get to a stage where one man is indispensable.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 17:18
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    I don't think we can blame Kenny for the fact that he hasn't got any money. Unfortunately, there's only so far far you can go at this level with free-transfers and loanees.

    We're in a Catch 22 situation at Millwall - if we invest in the team it might bring in the crowds and success, but we're knackered if it goes wrong. Just look at how much Leicester have spent. Whether we like it or not, there's also the fact that a lot of players (like Wood) simply don't want to sign for us.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 17:21
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      Well said Micky, nice to see a bit of realism.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 17:32
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    I'm not going to jump on the wagon cause before the game we all read the other articles and match pre view, most agreed with the injuries and suspensions that a draw was the best we could have hoped for, we lost and probably expected to if we're honest. Some wanted batt to start well, he did, to no effect, he's a sub cause of the way he plays. I think KJ has to take the blame for this one, woolford to start ? Why ? Easter on the bench, again, why ? I hate hulse but away I would start him with keogh and I would have had a smith left back with Easter in front of him. I don't think KJ needs to go but he needs to stop fcuking about while we are in need of points to stay up its ok if we needs points to make the play offs but we're struggling in this division so a bit of stability is what's needed.
    Today we got away with murder, it was the first time for weeks that every result went our way. 3 points on Tuesday is a must. Lets get behind the boys on Tuesday night and get the win that guarentee's safety.

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    • April 20, 2013 at 17:53
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      Be nice to get the win and put it to bed Luke but a point will do after today's results. Yeah, results went our way but that's what I've been saying since early March, we won't go down because we had the points on the board early on. Disappointing 2013 so far but another season of flirting with the top and bottom of the Championship next year. Only one man for the job in my opinion.

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      • April 20, 2013 at 18:12
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        Would like to agree lion but we really face relegation if we don't get the win and am worried about getting only a point. Tuesdays game is the best chance of a win as we can easily lose the rest of em.

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        • April 20, 2013 at 18:29
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          Two of Wolves, Peterborough and Barnsley would need to win both their remaining games if we get another point from our last four games. IMO, Barnsley are dead and buried, playing Hull next week. Whichever way you look at it, Bristol City aside there are eight teams worse off than us. We could lose our last four and still stay up. A win on Tuesday puts us in 12th or 13th, crazy season.

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      • April 20, 2013 at 18:38
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        Batt joined us as a winger who could also play up front. Wide players do not play well in central roles, especially as lone strikers.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 17:35
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    Beat Blackburn stay up, end of COYL

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  • April 20, 2013 at 17:59
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    St Ledger, A Smith, Saville, Hulse, Easter, Tyson will be going back to their own clubs at the end of the season (some this is a good thing) but this will leave it us incredibly short as a squad and with at least 5 players who just aren't good enough for the championship on our books as well it would appear we will be struggling come the beginning of next season. I'd love to see us bring in some real championship quality but I know just as most of us know deep down it just isn't going to happen. Yes I believe they will try to bring in quite a few players for next season but can we really bring in the quality on our budget? I, like many of the people I see comment on here and those I know who follow the club have ideas on who we'd like to see in this summer but do you really see us getting any of the names we'd actually like to see? Because I really don't.

    I don't think there is a manager our there who would be able to work with the budget and squad Kenny has at the moment and keep them in this division and in my opinion if he was to leave us and go somewhere with a bit more money he would probably be even more successful as a manager, so the talk of wanting him to leave, in my opinion is ridiculous.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 18:54
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    We are lucky that today's result went our way for once .We need 3 points from our last 4 games to be sure of staying up, less if Barnsley, Peterborough and Wolves drop any more points The annoying thing is that if we had one won any of the 6 pointers against Barnslay, Peterborough, Wolves,Sheff Wed or Huddersfield we would be safe by now instead of leaving the fans on tenderhooks. KJ has been a good Manager during the last 6 years but I do wonder if a change of direction is needed. His signings are questionable as very few of the current squad would get into other Championship first team. His team selections, formations and tactics have also been strange to say the least especially in the second half of the season. If you look at the current squad A Smith,Saville, Tyson, Hulse and Easter loan periods expire at the end of the season. M Taylor, Mildenhall, Mkandawire .Racon and N'Guessan won't be offered new contracts. That still leaves Osborne,Malone, Bender,Wright,Feeney, Marquis and Woolford who aren't Championship standard. That's 17 players I have named, half of the current squad. Will we sign any Championship players to make up the numbers? I fear not. It will just be anothe batch to go with the third set of players I have named above and we will struggle again next season. Mind you if we do get relegated we will have a number of players in the squad at the right level!

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  • April 20, 2013 at 20:22
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    Good points spj91. Who would want to buy the club,what class manager would come in,what class player/s would want to play for us ? This compounded with all the trouble last sat. KJ is getting it in one ear from the fans and the other one from JB to work on s*** funds. Not saying that perhaps a time comes for a manager to go but as it's been said,be careful what you wish for. Next be saying JB is s***. The players score goals not the manager.Even s*** players score the odd goal,and we have enough of them...............when's the last time they even scored an own goal.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 21:07
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    Sidcup lad batt joined us as striker who was being played on the wing. Always been a striker that was played on the wing cos he has little ability other than raw pace.

    KJ has spunked loadsa money this season. For whatever reason he decides to bring in loadsa loan signings rather than a few players of our own. For the loan fees and wages we've paid out this season we could have had 2/3 very good quality players on good wages. I'm hoping all the s*** leaves this summer and we start signing some players who are out of contract and poaching people like Tom Heaton and adomoah from Bristol city.

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    • April 21, 2013 at 00:31
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      If you're right then I'll have to apologize. I just assumed that he was a winger because that's where he usually plays.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 21:09
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    Oh and our funds for the umpteenth time are not s***. We just waste it. We have a massive squad of players all on 5-15k a week. Trim the squad and sign better players on a bit higher wages.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 23:21
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    People on here saying a point was the best we could have hoped for. Shocking and negative comments. Huddersfield were in the bottom 3!!! Any team that sets their stall out for a draw against a team in the bottom 3 (a team we'd beaten 4-0) oozes of a lack of ambition regardless of injury/suspensions. When will Jackett learn 4-5-1 doesn't work and we can't score? Embarrassing.

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    • April 21, 2013 at 01:39
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      Harry look at the team sheets of both and how we've been playing. Last week we deserved to lose against Watford but some how we won. I like your positivity but watch the s*** that we play week after week and I don't care how bad Huddersfield are they can still pass to each other and have a better strike force than we do. And you already knocked the nail on the head when you said "WE CAN'T SCORE", so how do you expect us to win ? we beat them 4-0 with a decent striker when the team was high on confidence with no injury worries or fatigue due to fixture pile up.
      In the position we are in, with the amount of games we've played losing our best player to injury and another good player to suspension both of which are our left hand side, it must have knocked the stuffing out of em today, especially after that Watford result. A draw would have been a good result considering the circumstances. I think it was a matter of being cautious more than lacking ambition. I agree about 4-5-1 and the personel used today aren't suitable for that system.
      we never have it easy up there they're like Leeds We often do em at home but rarely get something away.
      Did you really expect us to win today ?
      I'm surprised at that, but we all have an opinion and it would be boring if we all shared the same one.

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      • April 21, 2013 at 10:51
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        If anyone thinks they can get a better manager in who will work on the budgets Jackett has they need their head testing. First off, Millwall are not exactly an attractive club to come to as a manager. We have a minimal budget for players with a very low (relatively) wage ceiling. Crowds ahve grown over the last ten years but the gate average is still low for a club at our level, limiting transfer funds. We have persistent crowd problems, which are demoralising for the players never mind the manager. We haven't been in a play off for nine (?) years and have flirted with relegation for the last two. Who would come here? I can remember Holloway and Warnock being asked and turning us down. Be realistic. We have a decent manager and getting rid of him won't remove the underlying problems that hold us back. If we had managed to sign Wood, if Henry had not had a knee injury and Chaplow had been fit, who knows where we would be this season. Probably top six. These are the 'thin margins' Jackett talks about. Woolford, Feeney, Osbourne and the other signings he gets criticised for are squad back-up players. We do not have the cash to buy back-up players of top quality. Leave him alone. He is doing a good job.

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        • April 21, 2013 at 11:00
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          Here here junk, your right on most points but you got play offs wrong, you say we haven't been in a play off for 9 ? Years, come on fella you forget how we came up against Swindon at wembley and losing to scunny the season before.
          But bang on about KJ fella.

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          • April 21, 2013 at 11:02
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            Sorry, Luke. I should have been clearer. I meant a Championship play-off. I.e. a chance of being a Premier League club

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          • April 21, 2013 at 12:07
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            Sorry junk.
            Yeah your right, was it birmingham the last champ play off?
            It's certainly been a mixed bag of a season both in the stands and on the pitch.
            Next season is a big one for us if we're to push on.

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  • April 21, 2013 at 14:07
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    Some of you could give that Venky's crowd a run for their money. Up until last week only 5 teams were mathematically safe from relegation. Should they all get rid of their managers? A lot of them are on a lot bigger budgets than KJ. KJ IMO does miracles, yes, some of the loan signings haven't worked out, but who else was available? Seems to me he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. Chris Wood, like it or not has been pivotal in our season. He scored the goals to keep us up, but f***** us up by stringing everyone along that he was signing for us, right up until the last minute. Even his teammates were shocked when he didn't sign. Maybe we put all our eggs in one basket. Get through this season without being relegated (which I think we will) and let him have the summer to sought it out. In Kenny I Still Trust - PS Some of his signings have been good this year: Taylor, Shittu, Beevers, A Smith, Wood, Chaplow, Afobe

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  • April 22, 2013 at 22:10
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    i called it on Tuesday night that when Batt scored from 2 yards he would start at Huddersfield, how laughable and predictable is Jackett,if someone invades the pitch and kicks into empty net jackett would give them a contract and start them next game! its worrying that Jackett is the only person who thinks Batt is good enough for the Champ, i wouldnt give him a game in league 1, we are becoming a laughing stock and dont even get me started on Marquis, how is Tyson not better than them 2???? Ive heard people on here saying tyson is s*** and hes played about 40 mins for us which is again a joke, there is no doubt that without Woods goals we would be down now, there is also no doubt that we will go down next season under KJ, i will prob get slated for being so negative but its the truth, i have no faith in a manger who signs s*** and has faith in batt,marquis woolford etc, a manager who thinks a league 1 right back in jack smith can play in the centre of our midfield and plays strikers on wings week in week out, its a miracle we havent gone down, god only knows what s*** kj will sign in the summer, for those saying we need to win tomo i dont know what table u are looking at but we would stay up now without another point, the bottom sides wont all win 2 out of 2 and us lose all 4 , and hudd got barnsley last game etc etc, if people still trust in Jackett then im sorry but u need locking up!
    Negative but sadly true!

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