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Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town: Fans' and Examiner player ratings

IT WAS a tight affair between Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town on Saturday.

IT WAS a tight affair between Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town on Saturday.

There wasn't a huge amount of goalmouth entertainment at either end but Town walked away with a point.

But what did the fans make of the game? You gave us your player ratings and reports after the match. See them on page two.

Compare them with Examiner sports editor Mel Booth's marks below.

ALEX SMITHIES
Didn’t have a serious save to make as Town defended much more solidly than of late. Directed things well 6

PAUL DIXON
Made an outstanding late block to deny Luke Hyam after earlier getting forward well and supplying some top crosses 7

CALUM WOODS
Did a decent job at right-back to keep Lee Martin at bay and kept possession well when coming under pressure 6

ANTHONY GERRARD
Returned to the centre of defence and won his share of vital headers. Very vocal in geeing up his teammates 6

PETER CLARKE
Looked like a man who was determined not to concede after shipping 10 in the previous two matches. 7

OSCAR GOBERN
Handed his first League start of the campaign and saw plenty of the ball in midfield as Town looked for fluency 6

LEE NOVAK
Played on the left first half and up the middle in the second, he worked hard as usual but miscued his best chance 6

ADAM CLAYTON
Did plenty of good things in the first half before taking a whack on a foot and suffering before being taken off. 6

NEIL DANNS
Tried his best to get Town ticking in the centre, but their build-up was often too slow to really pressure Ipswich. 6

JAMES VAUGHAN
Grafted really hard once again when leading the line without getting a sniff of a decent chance. Splendid effort. 7

SCOTT ARFIELD
Supplied a couple of good through balls and put in a decent shift, having a shot deflected wide early on. 6

Substitutes:
Theo Robinson (for Novak 58) 6;
SeanScannell(for Gobern 64) 6;
Jack Hunt (for Clayton 75) 6.

Fans' ratings

Alex Smithies 5.8

Paul Dixon 6.2

Calum Woods 6.0

Anthony Gerrard 5.7

Peter Clarke 6.0

Adam Clayton 6.1

Oscar Gobern 5.0

Neil Danns 5.6

Scott Arfield 4.0

Lee Novak 4.7

James Vaughan 6.0

Substitutes

Theo Robinson 4.6

Sean Scannell 5.0

Jack Hunt 5.0

Fan reports

We deserved to win, had a couple of good chances, when you look at the match stats Ipswich never posed much of a threat. Al, Clayton West

Frustrating, worked hard and always desperate to not lose meaning a win proved more difficult. If we had taken our chances though we would have had the three points. Woody, Hecky.

Much better from Town. Generally better all over, although our nerves were still obvious. I noticed Anthony Gerrard spending too much time critiquing others rather than doing his own job. He didn't impress me at all! John, Manchester

Held possesion well but had nothing going forwards. Felt like we set up for a draw against a very poor side. Hope Robins can get them ticking but I am not 100% confident he is the man for the job. James, Armitage Bridge

More reports on next page

Dreadful performance against the worst opposition we've faced this season. Never looked like scoring - again. Club has been hopelessly mismanaged from top to bottom this season. Nailed on for relegation. David, Nottingham

Need to improve in front of goal, bad finishing again cost us points at home. Paul, Kirkheaton

Poor performance. We are in a deep relegation battle and if we don't find a solution and score goals soon we are going to struggle to stay up. I hope Mr Hoyle realises this and I also hope that he knows what he is doing! David, Mirfield

Two very poor teams, Clayton starman why was he taken off? David, Shelley

Ipswich are the worst team we`ve faced this season so far yet we didn`t look like scoring. The new pitch is awful but that doesn't excuse the never ending  long hoof balls. Big improvement needed, quickly. Thomas, Earlsheaton

Nice to have a clean sheet, but on this performance both the teams look destined for the drop. Dec, Meltham

Clean sheet but we need to win these games. Confidence low. Manager tinkering with squad suggests he still doesn't know his best options. Paul, York

If that is what Robins means by attacking we are in for a boring and depressing end to the season. Playing 4-5-1 at home is a sign of capitulation to me - McCarthy apologised to the fans after the game but as he said he got the point he wanted.Robins should apologise for not getting the win we needed! Roger, Menston

Very disappointing game. Two poor teams who are struggling for points, lacking ideas and confidence. Kev, Sowerby Bridge

Tireless display, but should be winning teams like this, midfield still the problem. A good chance to move up missed and the games get no easier. Terry, Shepley

Sorry but we have to beat poor teams like Ipswich. Whilst McCarthy said it was about grinding out a result have managers forgotten fans pay to be entertained . I still cannot understand why Clayton was taken off as Arfield as usual was poor. Allan, Liversedge

One of the worst displays I've ever witnessed in 48 years as a Town fan. Doomed for Div One. Harry, Huddersfield

The team performed better but obviously lack confidence Danns and Gobern did their job but lacked quality in passing. Arfield always seemed out of position when Woods had the ball and we therefore had no width on the right. Novak seems to be totally lacking confidence not chasing down like he normally would and scuffing his chances. Dixon was easily the best player throughout the match. Surprised Clayton was taken off being our only creative player. Would like to see Peter Clarke as centre forward, he is more effective in challenges and on the ball than Lee and Vaughan in the last third. Adam, Derbyshire

Are the players afraid of scoring? We seem reluctant to shoot and try to walk every attempt in. We must try to be more positive in all areas of the pitch but the clean sheet is a start. David, Mirfield

Sad to say, this performance was an improvement over many others of late. Having said that, the quality level will be unlikely to save us from relegation. Martin, Outlane

A missed opportunity to take 3 points but no need to over-react ! Ipswich are probably the worst team we`ve seen at home this season but we couldn`t take our chances. We're obviously struggling for confidence but we can take heart from being by far the better side. An improvement & moving in the right direction. Let's hope we keep improving. George, Batley

If we can't convert our chances we're going down. Some of our strikers are nowhere near Championship standard. Andrew, Penistone

Another lacklustre performance with no fight, passion, belief or direction. We paying fans deserve a lot more from these pampered, overpaid underachievers. If they don't want to play for Town then leave. Kev, Lindley

Town very nearly matched Ipswich in their almost total lack of ambition .This really was dull. If Town are to stop up they have to win at home especially against teams as poor as this. In short not good enough. Tony, Liversedge

When the captain of Huddersfield Town had to ask the manager of Huddersfield Town after sixty minutes of play what formation we are playing something is sadly wrong. It was plain to hear to many of the crowd sat round myself to the side of the away dug out. At the final whistle the captain ignored the hand of the manager on his way off the pitch. As for the match less said the better. Jonty Rhodes, Waterloo.

Two very poor sides but Novak should have put away at least one of his chances. Cannot understand how Robins kept substituting without taking Arfield off. After watching Town for 60 years he must be one of the worst midfielders that has pulled on the blue & white shirt. He doesn't tackle, pass any telling balls and does not take any responsibility. Today he had a couple of shooting chances but decided to get rid of the ball quickly and then there was the break on and with three Town players available he tried to dribble past the only defenders. Gobern had a decent first half but wanted too much time on the ball but at least he passed it. Understand him being subbed because he looked tired! Thought Dixon & Danns showed the most promise and effort. David, Huddersfield

OH DEAR! We must improve and quickly.Should be winning games against teams as poor as Ipswich.Come on lads lets get going and win a few.Dan, Golcar.

Absolute dire performance against what must have been one of the worst visiting teams in years. We posed no real goal threat, baffling substitutions and only a clean sheet to take as a positive. If we can't beat sides like this at home the next few weeks are going to be real nail biters. Trojanhorse, Kirkburton

A total non-event. Ipswich are easily the worst team I have seen this season and will have gone away happy with the no score draw. If the line up had been less defensive we would have increased our chances of a result. James, Sheffield

A solid if somewhat lacking in final third performance. Alan, Rastrick

Better defensive show from Town but Ipswich are an awful team so we should have been able to take all the points. Poor quality finishing from Novak, the very odd substitution of Clayton and a poor cameo from Theo left us frustrated and in real risk of facing the drop as we just can't buy a goal. Mark IV, Kirkburton

 

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