The Twohundredpercent Play-Off Jamboree: Huddersfield 3-3 Bournemouth (4-4 Agg)

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Tim Vickerman says:

    Great report. I don’t really know where to start. It’s somewhat ironic that after last year’s non-event against Millwall we brought in the experience of Gudjonsson, Naysmith, Kilbane and Lee yet Naysmith made a poor challenge early on and looked less than comfortable, Clarke made a stupid tackle to concede the pelanty and Kilbane was perhaps lucky not to see red in addition to struggling to find teammates with his passes. Gudjonsson couldn’t even make the team after a sloppy first leg showing.

    Anyway, it’s not the time to complain. That was a sensational match but hard to take if you followed any of the teams involved. Bournemouth were excellent and Lovell’s second was a piece of class. Ward’s goal wasn’t bad either. Before the tie, my impression was that Bournemouth were a team on the slide since the departure of Eddie Howe but they were outstanding tonight and should be up there again next season.

    To use a horrible cliche, it was a great advert for lower league football. There were real moments of skill but the game was exciting, competitive but generally fair and played in a good spirit. Town keep up their record of having never won a home tie in the Play-Offs (7 attempts), their 100% success in Play-Off shootouts (3 attempts) and their 27 match unbeaten run. Lee Clark has gone from unconvincing novice to Town legend within 5 months. Bring on Old Trafford!

  2. Dan says:

    What a vile team Huddersfield are, awful tackles, hassling the referee at every chance and even pushing the referee. A good footballing side but they’re not how I want the game to be played.

  3. Matt says:

    I think it’s a bit harsh to call Town “vile”. Don’t get me wrong, after following them for the best part of 30 years I can see why we’re deservedly not the most popular team or group of fans in the world – I don’t like them a lot of the time and I’m stuck with them – but vile isn’t a fair description. I’ll give you ‘hopelessly competitive beyond their meagre capabilities’ though.

    Ps, thanks for the report, always good reading.

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