SIX goals for a second home game – Huddersfield Town are getting some very healthy habits.
In fact it wouldn’t be a surprise if someone from Town is not on the phone to Blackpool Town Council this very morning to check what they have got under registered trademarks – you never know the Galpharm might just have been renamed ‘The Goal-den Mile’ by the time you take your seats for next Saturday’s clash with Hartlepool.
An early start certainly did not upset Lee Clark’s side as they turned on the style for the Sky cameras with 27 more efforts on goal, taking their tally to 95 in just four matches.
Like all emphatic wins it had to be earned and for the opening 20 minutes Town put down a marker that they could defend comfortably, and that gave them the right to go on and attack expansively.
And the current incarnation of Terriers have certainly taken on board Clark’s philosophy of getting the basics right to ensure that you can let the good times roll.
At times Town’s attacking play was a joy to behold as they played the ball about confidently and accurately as they picked part a Wycombe defence that wilted under the growing pressure.
Town’s second goal summed up everything that was good about their performance.
Goalkeeper Alex Smithies collected the ball in his six-yard box and instantly looked up, sending out a throw that arrived perfectly at the feet of Michael Collins. Collins used his pace and the space he was allowed on the left flank before timing his pass wonderfully to Anthony Pilkington on the right wing. In turn, the ball was played inch perfectly into the stride of Gary Roberts, who stroked the ball home.
The ball travelled from one penalty area into the net at other end in a matter of seconds courtesy of some incisive and sensible play – simplicity itself and just what the beautiful game is all about.
And there were five other goals to enjoy – and no-one will have enjoyed them quite as much as skipper Peter Clarke.
The centre-back started the ball rolling as he towered above his marker to reach Roberts perfectly delivered free kick and, while Wycombe keeper Jamie Young might have failed to get his positioning right, Clarke’s powerful header reaped a just reward. One up inside 22 minutes and it was obvious there was just no way Town were going to let the tide turn.
Six minutes later came the sublime with Roberts’ goal and that was followed just before half-time by the ridiculous.
Clarke should have had his second when he headed Robbie Williams’ pin-point cross on target but, somehow, Young managed to claw the ball on to the bar and it bounced down on the line. In the mayhem that followed Town claimed the goal, Lee Novak tried to handle the rebound into the net and the upshot of it all was no goal and a yellow card for the young striker.
Novak did not return after the interval as the Town camp decided to withdraw him because of a head injury that had led to him having blurred vision.
Enter replacement Theo Robinson and it was to be a far from mundane half for the stand-in front-runner.
He had a hand in Town’s third as he collected the ball and shaped his pass neatly to Jordan Rhodes, who in turn picked out Pilkington as his best option and the move was finished in style with a rising bending shot into the top of the net.
Rather than Wanderers, Wycombe’s defence became wonderers as they started to ponder just where they were going to be breached next. On 64 minutes came the answer, skipper Clarke making the most of their disarray after his header from a corner was blocked on the line. He was then allowed to react to net the rebound.
And the bandwagon just kept rolling.
Fom another dangerous raid by Roberts his cross caused consternation as former Leeds and Chelsea defender Michael Duberry decided he had to get to the ball before Robinson, but in doing so he managed to guide it into his own net with keeper Young stranded.
Young, who was so perplexed by the lack of calm in front of him that he had earlier dropped the ball to Robinson and had to redeem himself with a brave save at the striker’s feet, was to be beaten again seven minutes from time.
The ever-willing Rhodes created the chance, Roberts raced onto his pass and into the penalty area only to be brought down and Robinson, as skipper Clarke generously passed up the chance for a hat trick, duly dispatched the penalty.
On top of all this Town were denied on at least two occasions by Young making point-blank saves and, when the keeper was beaten, Wycombe managed to get defenders back to clear at least three times.
It was a hatful of goals, but it could have been even more and Town are just buzzing on their own turf right now!
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