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Huddersfield 2-2 Peterborough: Match Report
Published : 06 Apr 2013 18:01:33Rss feed
Huddersfield 2-2 Peterborough: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Gayle resuces Posh
Dwight Gayle headed home a late equaliser to snatch a crucial point for Peterborough, who extended their unbeaten run to eight matches in a 2-2 draw at relegation rivals Huddersfield.
The 22-year-old striker rose to head home Lee Tomlin's corner in the 86th minute to register his 19th goal of the season, but the point was not enough to lift Posh out of the bottom three.
Neil Danns slammed home the game's opening goal when following up a rebound just before half-time and, after Tomlin had equalised for the visitors five minutes into the second period, young defender Murray Wallace headed home his first goal in English football as Huddersfield regained the lead.
The point was enough to lift the Yorkshire side out of the relegation zone, but they are one of three clubs who are only a point better off than the two clubs in the bottom three below them, Blackburn and Peterborough.
Huddersfield recalled defenders Calum Woods and Wallace in place of injured pair Jack Hunt (hamstring) and Anthony Gerrard (calf), while Scott Arfield stepped in for winger Danny Ward (groin).
Midfield pair Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Grant McCann returned for Peterborough.
The home side were quickest out of the blocks with Sean Scannell pulling a shot wide from inside the penalty area and midfielder Oliver Norwood firing a 30-yard effort just off target.
Peterborough mustered one attempt on goal during the first half, through Mendez-Laing, but his angled drive was blocked by Town skipper Peter Clarke.
Both sides found it difficult to penetrate the opposition's rearguard during the first period and, although it was Peterborough who hogged possession, Huddersfield went closest again through Woods' wayward cross-shot from outside the area.
The opening goal looked likely to come via a mistake or a long-range effort, so it was no surprise when Huddersfield's breakthrough just before the interval was as a direct result of another Norwood blockbuster from 30 yards.
Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik did well to keep out Norwood's initial drive, but when the ball spilled on the edge of the six-yard box, Danns pounced to lash it into the roof of the net.
Peterborough were dealt another blow when midfielder Jack Payne was forced off injured and replaced by Kane Ferdinand.
Two minutes after the restart Scannell tested Olejnik again with a left-footed shot from just outside the area that the Posh keeper chose to punch clear.
But Peterborough were back on level terms soon after. Mendez-Laing made space on the right side of the area and pulled the ball back for Tomlin to fire past helpless Town keeper Alex Smithies from 12 yards.
Huddersfield striker Jermaine Beckford replaced midfielder Oscar Gobern in the 59th minute before Norwood and Scannell fired in shots from outside the area that were not far off target.
Mendez-Laing rifled a shot over the bar when well-placed on the edge of the area, but Huddersfield struck the next significant blow in the 69th minute.
Norwood was instrumental again, his cross from the left picking out defender Wallace, who powered his header beyond Olejnik from six yards.
Clarke fired in a 25-yard shot that flew wide as Huddersfield looked to increase their lead, but with four minutes remaining Tomlin whipped in a corner from the right and Gayle's downward header at the far post denied Huddersfield two points in their fight for survival.
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