Super-sub Kris earns Reds a point at Huddersfield..

Huddersfield Town – 1
Nottingham Forest – 1

It was dullsville at the Galpharm Stadium until the game erupted in the second half, with Huddersfield taking the lead courtesy of Danny Cadamarteri after 67 minutes, after which he was promptly red carded after picking up a second booking for over-celebrating – which is either silly on his part, or over-zealous on the part of the referee – probably depending on which team you support!

The first half was a scrappy affair, with few chances for either side – Forest knocked some nice moves together, but were unable to find the final ball or cross to create any real chances to test the goalkeeper, and Huddersfield were suffering from very much the same problem – so half time came having been fairly evenly contested by both sides.

The second half looked set to continue in the same vein until Smoulds made a double-substitution – don’t worry, I’m not blaming him this time – I can only assume Bennett was injured as Perch came on to replace him, and Commons came on for Nathan Tyson as we reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.  However, there seemed to be some confusion as Cohen slotted in to left back, with Perch settling in midfield.

Clearly the impact of the substitutions was some confusion, and it seemed the Forest defence had a little snooze as Danny Cadamarteri took the ball forward and tucked the ball beyond Paul Smith to give the home side the lead.  He’d been booked as early as six minutes for a foul on Luke Chambers, so perhaps he should’ve been mindful of this before celebrating – as he was promptly in receipt of a second yellow card and sent packing by the referee.

It was only eight minutes later that Kris Commons once again fulfilled his super-sub routine, scoring another pearler – this time with his right foot to convert a superb equaliser.  He legged it to celebrate with the Forest bench, and was booked for his trouble – so I suppose the referee did at least show some consistency on the over-celebrating front if nothing else.

Despite a final 15 minutes of almost unabated pressure, Forest weren’t able to force a late winner – Cohen came closest with a piledriver from the edge of the box that was well-saved by the home keeper, Clingan and Commons similarly had long range efforts but ultimately Huddersfield rallied and restricted our chances to those few long range efforts.

So on some fronts I suppose it’s disappointing not to have snuck a winner, but a point at Huddersfield is a good result – and makes our unbeaten run stretch four games which is a good run to build on, and whilst I’ve no problem with snatching an undeserved three points, it sounds very much like a draw was a fair result on the night – of course, the Cadamarteri decision will probably make Huddersfield fans feel hard done by.

Depending on whether you’re a glass-half-empty or a glass-half-full type of person, results elsewhere either represent a missed opportunity – the teams above us pretty much all dropped points, so we could’ve caught up on league places – but equally, we haven’t lost any ground on them either – we remain three points off second with a game in hand, and just a point off the playoffs.

So after a slow start, our run from nine games isn’t looking half bad – so the manager and players deserve credit for turning it round, and they need to deal with the pressure of carrying on this run and continuing our rise up the league table.  Whether we persist with the 4-3-3 formation, or decide to start with the 4-4-2 system that seems to have been delivering impact in the second half remains to be seen, but well, it’s not been a bad evening’s work from the lads – well done!


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  1. It did sound like Deja Vu when CC made the subs and Uddersfied immediately found the onion bag. Then Commons equalises and John McGovern describes it as ‘an inspired substitution’ by CC!!!

    I have to question the decision to move Cohen to left back, which was in fairness changed after he realised it was better to put Perch there. Surely Commons has to start on saturday, we need his creativity.

    PS – I see super Jack bagged another couple of goals tonight!

  2. From the coverage it sounded like Cohen went to cover left back, but hadn’t realised he was supposed to swap with Perch… who knows? The goal came down the right side of our defence though, so it was unlikely to be the substitution that caused it 🙂

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