Login Register

Town denied three points by last minute Thorne strike

Stoke 1 - 1 Town. Peter Thorne denied the Terriers all three points when he put away a 93rd minute equaliser to frustrate Lou Macari's men.

danny schofield (celebrating) 118
danny schofield (celebrating) 118

Danny Schofield had opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when he received a superb pass from John Thorrington, who had beaten a defender on another one of his runs, and, with goalkeeper Gavin Ward and a clutch of Stoke defenders closing him down, he picked his spot and finished well.

The Terriers had started with a cautious 4-5-1 formation, with Chris Hay tucking in at left of midfield but the news of the day had been the omission of Andy Booth (with a possible groin injury) and Steve Jenkins (with rumours of a move to Birmingham rife).

Nathan Clarke stepped in for a first start to replace Jenkins and did well in the opening few minutes despite going up against the tall, experienced Stoke striker Peter Thorne.

Chances were few and far between as Town looked to stifle Stoke's attacking intentions but this left Danny Schofield a very isolated lone striker.

Frustration set in for the home side but they did have their chances through Thorne in the 6th minute, with an effort which was palmed away by Margetson.

Andy Cooke and Peter Thorne could have scored minutes later when Hoekstra's cross invited a finish across Margetson's area and James O'Conner's turn and shot was wide.

Town were suitably warned and it was fortunate that Schofield's goal separated the sides at half time as the second half showed that Town looked increasingly less likely to score as the Stoke relentlessly turned up the pressure.

John Thorrington made some of his trademark runs upfield but there were too few targets for his crosses as the rest of the half saw Town conceding possession and defending increasingly deeper - inviting more pressure by the minute.

Nathan Clarke was supported well by his more experienced team-mates in defence but the Stoke long ball bombardment saw calls for penalties (one for a Clarke handball) turned down while his team-mates coped with a curiously off-colour Stoke attack.

The last 15 minutes in particular were all Stoke City as Moses, Gray (particularly with a last minute goal-line tackle) and debutant Nathan Clarke all made saving tackles.

With the game moving into added time, Town fans began to think that they had taken the points from the Britannia Stadium but there was still time for one final throw of the dice for Stoke.

It was Peter Thorne who finally found the target in the 93rd minute.

Thorne's late, late show was a fitting reward for the pressure that Stoke had put on the overly cautious Terriers in the second half.

A long ball down centre field was flicked on by Chris Iwelumo and Peter Thorne turned and fired his effort past Margetson and into the top of the net with less than a minute of added time to go.

The goal was disappointing for Town but they would have taken a point before the match and, on balance, the result was good given the second half Stoke performance.

Have your say on this match.


Stoke City (4-4-2): Ward, Clarke, Gunnarsson, Gudjonsson, Cooke, Thorne, Hoekstra (Thordarson 46), Thomas, O'Connor, Henry (Iwelumo 76), Van Deurzen
Subs not used: Hansson, Cutler, Owen
Scorer: Thorne 93

Town (4-5-1): Margetson, Evans, Gray, Clarke, Heary, Moses, Thorrington, Schofield, Beech (Irons 61), Hay (Mattis 78), Holland
Subs not used: Digby, Macari, Baldry
Booked: Evans, Gray, Moses
Scorer: Schofield 32

Referee: Colin Webster (County Durham)

Attendance: 13,319

Read Doug Thomson's match report in the Examiner on Monday.

Football News


Doug Thomson
Huddersfield Town correspondent
Chris Roberts
Huddersfield Giants correspondent
Louise Cooper
Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Martin Shaw
Mirfield Correspondent