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Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Little on Alan Lee. Gary Naysmith restarts play with the free kick.
David Ball on for Lee Tomlin.
Jack Hunt crosses the ball.
Lee Tomlin takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Chris Whelpdale is ruled offside. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
George Boyd decides to take a short corner.
Peter Clarke challenges Craig Mackail-Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Whelpdale comes on in place of Tommy Rowe. Grant McCann hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 0-3 Peterborough.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Rhodes on Gabriel Zakuani. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
Scott Arfield leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Lee. Jordan Rhodes on for Benik Afobe.
Craig Mackail-Smith finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 0-2 Peterborough.The assist for the goal came from George Boyd.
Daniel Ward leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Cadamarteri.
Foul by Gary Naysmith on George Boyd, free kick awarded. Grant McCann sends in a cross, Tommy Rowe scores a headed goal from close in. Huddersfield 0-1 Peterborough.Assist by Grant McCann.
Antony Kay challenges Craig Mackail-Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Antony Kay is cautioned. Shot on goal comes in from Lee Tomlin from the free kick, Scott Arfield gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Grant McCann.
Benik Afobe is penalised for a handball. Gabriel Zakuani takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Roberts on Mark Little. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bennett.
Scott Arfield is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
Scott Arfield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant McCann. Grant McCann takes the free kick. Foul by George Boyd on Scott Arfield, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Gary Roberts from the free kick.
Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the left by-line, save by Paul Jones.
Lee Peltier fouled by Charlie Lee, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Lee receives a caution. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
Charlie Lee on for Grant Basey.
Daniel Ward produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Benik Afobe concedes a free kick for a foul on James Wesolowski. Ryan Bennett takes the direct free kick.
Gary Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Basey. Paul Jones takes the free kick.
Daniel Ward produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Gary Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on George Boyd. Grant McCann shoots direct from the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Benik Afobe. Paul Jones takes the free kick.
Shot from inside the six-yard box by Craig Mackail-Smith goes wide right of the target.
Gary Roberts takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Benik Afobe produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Gary Roberts takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Grant Basey.
Lee Peltier fouled by George Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Gary Roberts from the free kick, save by Paul Jones.
Tommy Rowe concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Antony Kay.
Grant McCann challenges Scott Arfield unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
Jack Hunt receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Unfair challenge on James Wesolowski by Lee Peltier results in a free kick. Lee Peltier receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant McCann by Scott Arfield. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.
Tommy Rowe is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Clarke.
Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the right by-line, clearance made by Peter Clarke.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Rowe by Daniel Ward. Paul Jones takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Hunt by Lee Tomlin results in a free kick. Lee Tomlin goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Jack Hunt.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Wesolowski on Kevin Kilbane. Peter Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
Grant Basey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Ward. Jack Hunt takes the direct free kick.
Peter Clarke takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.
Lee Peltier fouled by George Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antony Kay.
Gary Roberts takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Lee Peltier misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line to the near post, Grant McCann manages to make a clearance.
George Boyd takes a shot. Save by Ian Bennett.
Kevin Kilbane challenges Mark Little unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Grant McCann from right wing, Benik Afobe manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann, clearance made by Gary Naysmith.
Effort from inside the penalty area by Craig Mackail-Smith hits the post.
Clark dismisses Ferguson factor
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark has dismissed the 'Fergie factor' ahead of the npower League One play-off final at Old Trafford against Peterborough.
Clark's side will look to secure promotion by extending their club-record unbeaten league run to 28 matches against Darren Ferguson's Peterborough, who will be cheered on by father Sir Alex.
The Fergusons are hoping to complete a memorable family double at Huddersfield's expense, with Sir Alex's Manchester United bidding for a fourth Champions League crown against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday night.
But Clark, a play-off final loser after a penalty shoot-out as a player with Sunderland in 1998, said: "It makes a good story for you people but for us in the real world, we know it doesn't affect the game in anyway whatsoever.
"You've got headlines to write. Darren Ferguson going back to Old Trafford where he was a player and where his father's now the main man.
"But it doesn't affect what my players or the Peterborough players do. Darren will have prepared his players very well, you can rest assured about that and so will we.
"It's about who performs on the day. It's about how the players go about their business on Sunday, so all that stuff we'll leave for the headline makers."
Clark, who won automatic promotion to the top flight with Newcastle in 1993, Sunderland, the season after his shoot-out heartbreak, and with Fulham in 2001, said Darren would always benefit from Sir Alex's experience.
Clark added: "Darren has got an advantage because his father's the best manager in the business and he can always pick up the phone and ask his thoughts on things.
"I know when I've had chance to speak to Sir Alex with regards players, I've tried to pick his brains about other things because I want to learn from the best and he's the very best, so Darren's lucky in that sense.
"But it's about the football players at the end of the day. I'm sure he won't be thinking Darren can affect his game and vice-versa."
Clark, who will choose from the same squad that triumphed 4-2 in their semi-final penalty shoot-out against Bournemouth, said the side which best handled their nerves would win through to the Championship.
Asked where a win would rank in his career in football, Clark added: "Judging by what happened [against Bournemouth] last Wednesday, this would be my biggest achievement.
"When you put that into context of what I've done as a player in terms of winning the Championship three times, being on the verge of winning the Premier League, competing or getting places in the Champions League and UEFA Cup, it's because it's completely different as a manager.
"As a player you just look after yourself and focus on your own job, at the minute I'm focusing on 30 players, making sure they're all happy and getting the right information for us to win the game."
Sir Alex has been told to stay away from Old Trafford.
The order comes from his son, Darren, who claims his father is a jinx.
Ferguson senior watched their semi-final first-leg defeat at MK Dons but steered clear when they won the second leg 2-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate.
The Posh are taking no chances as they bid to secure promotion back to the Championship.
"Our chairman is the same, he's told his dad to stay away as well," Ferguson told www.theposh.com.
"We think they are both jinxes. There's a bigger picture, he can watch it on the television."
Ferguson junior will be on familiar territory having began his playing career with United and he hopes his squad will be inspired by their surroundings, as well as by watching the big Wembley showdown first.
"It's been key to be able to train at Carrington and to have a walk around Old Trafford," he added. "We'll also get together and watch the Champions League final.
"Old Trafford is a fantastic theatre - it is called the Theatre of Dreams - and it's a magnificent stadium. When you walk out of that tunnel and look up it seems to go on and on forever.
"It's important the players get a feel for it. The players have to handle the situation when they walk out in front of 70,000 fans.
"I think they will be fine, we have players in the team who will think `I'll have a bit of this' and I'm hopeful they'll go on and put in the right performance.
"The players know if we can perform we will be hard to beat."
Rapid Posh treble seals promotion
Peterborough struck three goals in seven second-half minutes to sink Huddersafield 3-0 and bounce straight back to the npower Championship at the first attempt.
Posh defender Tommy Rowe, striker Craig Mackail-Smith and skipper Grant McCann scored the killer goals in the 78th, 80th and 85th minutes at Old Trafford to inflict on a stunned Huddersfield their first defeat in 28 league matches.
Rowe headed home McCann's free-kick, Mackail-Smith fired his 35th goal of the season two minutes later and McCann delivered the knockout blow with a fine free-kick five minutes from the end of normal time.
Victory marked a triumphant return to Peterborough for manager Darren Ferguson, who was sacked by Preston in December after leaving London Road in November 2009, and he has now led Posh to a third promotion in four seasons.
More than 35,000 Huddersfield fans looked on in disbelief as their season was shattered in seven devastating minutes, Lee Clark's side denied promotion in the cruellest of fashions by a first league defeat since December to leave the Yorkshiremen with nothing.
Huddersfield made one change from the side that kicked off the second leg of their penalty shoot-out win over Bournemouth in the semi-final, with midfielder Scott Arfield replacing leading goalscorer Jordan Rhodes.
Peterborough were unchanged following their 4-3 aggregate win over MK Dons in their semi-final.
Posh fans were on their feet in the fifth minute when Mackail-Smith scampered clear, but his low shot was deflected on to Huddersfield goalkeeper Ian Bennett's left-hand post.
Peterborough had Clark's side on the back foot in the opening exchanges before Town skipper Peter Clarke's header, comfortably held by Posh goalkeeper Paul Jones, signalled a better spell for Huddersfield.
Posh striker Lee Tomlin and Town midfielder Lee Peltier were both booked for rash tackles during a feisty six-minute spell towards the end of the first half.
And although chances were at a premium, Peterborough's three-pronged attack of Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Tomlin carried by far the greater threat than Huddersfield's isolated striker Benik Afobe.
But Town rallied and winger Gary Roberts' curling free-kick was saved at full stretch by Jones just before the break, while Afobe's shot on the turn flashed just wide.
Mackail-Smith then spurned another golden chance in first-half injury time following good work from Tomlin and Boyd, firing wide from 12 yards again with only Bennett to beat.
McCann curled a left-footed free-kick just over the crossbar five minutes into the second half.
But Huddersfield began to get on top and went close to taking a 59th-minute lead when winger Danny Ward cut inside and crashed an angled shot against the top of the crossbar.
Town defender Antony Kay was lucky to receive only a yellow card after cutting down Mackail-Smith in the 75th minute and Tomlin wasted the free-kick.
But three minutes later Town defender Gary Naysmith tripped Boyd on the edge of the penalty area and from McCann's free-kick, Rowe flicked his header beyond Bennett.
Posh fans had had no time to catch breath when Boyd stole clear down the left and his cut back into the area found Mackail-Smith, whose low shot took a slight deflection off Kay and spun away from Bennett inside the far post.
Town were then dealt a knockout blow after Clarke felled Mackail-Smith, with McCann clipping home an exquisite free-kick to seal a stunning finale.
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