THE TEN men of Huddersfield Town were simply sensational in providing one of the best comebacks at Leeds Road in years.
Town ran out 2-1 winners against Bury with a crowd of 4,841 rewarding the home outfit with a standing ovation.
Ironically for Town though, it was the sending off of goalkeeper Lee Martin that changed the game for manager Eoin Hand and his men.
Man of the match and hero of the game Kieran O’Regan, stepped up to the plate in acting as stand-in keeper and what a performance the midfielder enjoyed.
The Irishman, standing at a mere 5ft 7in tall, was head and shoulders above the rest producing the determination which made victory possible.
The dramatic turn around came thanks to goals from O’Regan and striker Iwan Roberts meant that Town ended a dreadful run of five games without success.
However, things were looking bleak to say the least early in the game.
The visitors took the lead on 26 minutes when Ronnie Mauge released Charlie Bishop down the right, and his cross-cum-shot went in off the upright leaving Martin stranded.
Town went into the break rather lucky to be only a goal down, but that soon changed in the second half.
Referee Alf Buksh didn’t notice an offside in the Bury move that left striker Tony Cunningham to run free at goal.
Town keeper Martin had little option but to commit a professional foul – tugging the striker to the ground rugby style – and while dismissal was inevitable, Town’s fans were incensed by the injustice of events leading up to it.
This proved to be the turning point for Town.
With 20 minutes remaining Town’s players started to work and fight for each other and when a handball was detected by referee Buksh, O’Regan ran the length of the field to score from the spot.
The home side then got the winner a matter of minutes later, when left-back Simon Charlton raced down the flank and executed a perfectly driven cross to meet the head of Roberts who buried it firmly past Bury keeper Gary Kelly.
This was followed up with a red card for Bury’s midfielder Mauge who followed Martin’s trip down the tunnel. How things can change.
Come the final whistle the Town boys jumped the perimeter fence in joy in what was a truly spectacular victory!
Town;@ Martin, Trevitt, Charlton, Marsden, Mitchell, O’Doherty, O’Regan, Wilson, Roberts, Barnett, Onuora,. Subs not used: Campbell, Smith.
Bury;@ Kelly, Feeley (McGinlay 78 min), Stanislaus, Mauge, Valentine, Atkin, Bishop (Price 72 min), Parkinson, Cunningham, Robinson, Patterson.