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Monday, August 17, 2009

Big Match Review - Huddersfield 3 Southampton 1

League One
Huddersfield Town 3-1 Southampton (Att: 12,449)
Saturday August 15, 15:00, Galpharm Stadium

Huddersfield continued their good start to the season with a dominant win over a rock-bottom Southampton. Two goals from summer signing Jordan Rhodes set Town on their way to a victory that lifted them up to 4th in the table.

It was a frustrating first half for the Terriers as visiting keeper Kelvin Davies put in an inspired display. First he blocked Lee Novak's close range drive and then tipped Peter Clarke's deflected shot just wide of the post.

However, just five minutes into the second period, the home side made the breakthrough. Chris Perry's clumsy foul on Lee Novak gifted Lee Clark's men a penalty and, although Davies saved Rhodes's initial effort, the striker was on hand to stick away the rebound.

The goal appeared to spark Saints into life, and they were back on level terms just three minutes later. New signing Rickie Lambert heading in Adam Lallana's corner to restore parity for Alan Pardew's side.

Huddersfield hit back though and, once again, Rhodes was on hand to bag his fifth goal in three games. Anthony Pilkington's initial corner was cleared only back to the midfielder, who swung in the ball for Rhodes to glance home.

And it was Pilkington's delivery that provided Town with their third. This time a free-kick from deep was headed against the post but Anthony Kay was on hand to head in the rebound and wrap up the points.

A second home win in a week for the West Yorkshire club then, but Southampton remain nine points adrift at the bottom as they continue to play catch-up with the rest of the division.


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