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Monday, September 06, 2010

Big Match Review - Huddersfield 2 Bournemouth 2

Huddersfield Town 2-2 Bournemouth
Saturday September 4, Galpharm Stadium, (Att: 12,426)

Marc Pugh's equaliser 11 minutes from time rescued a point for Bournemouth in an entertaining encounter at the Galpharm Stadium.

The visitors had been in front with half time approaching, but goals either side of the break seemed to swing things Town's way until Pugh's late intervention.

It was through a predictable source that the away side got the scoring started. Just after the half hour mark, Josh McQouid curled a brilliant effort into the far corner past Alex Smithies for his fourth goal in three games.

He then missed a great opportunity to double his, and Bournemouth's, tally for the afternoon when he could only direct a low cross wide of the goal from close range.

It was to prove a costly miss as, in first half stoppage time, the home side equalised. Slack marking from a corner allowed Anthony Kay to power a header into the net to level matters at half time.

The goal seemed to buoy Town, and within three minutes of the re-start they found themselves ahead.

After the Cherries had failed to deal with a long throw into the area, Marvin Bartley brought down Gary Roberts for a penalty. Roberts stepped up to convert the kick
himself and put Lee Clark's men in charge.

They should have extended that lead when a low cross from Roberts found Alan Lee, but the striker signed in midweek could only direct his effort onto the post.

The Dorset side made their hosts pay, too. A cross from Harry Arter found Pugh who headed the ball past Smithies for the leveller.

The Terriers almost snatched a late winner when Lee Novak forced Shwan Jalal into a great stop down low to his right, but both sides eventually had to settle for just a point.

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