Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
The Galpharm Stadium
7.45pm 12th August 2008
Attendance: 8,932 (3,229 visitors)
An away support that put the home fans to shame went home shocked, stunned and dismayed as they witnessed a Bradford City performance to forget.
There was arguably more interest in renewing our supporting rivalry than what was going on pitchside during a first half in which the Bantams acquitted themselves well.
The back line dealt with the regular Huddersfield attacks pretty well, although that's not to say there weren't a number of hairy moments.
The midfield competed well with McLaren and Bullock looking assured. Omar and Kyle had the opportunities to take the ball down the wings or make runs but often frustratingly failed to do anything with it.
However, our forward line of Michael Boulding and Barry Conlon resembled exactly what it was - a pair of strangers on the field.
Boulding had the best chance of a first half when he poked the ball wide after Matt Glennon had spilled Barry Conlon's flick on but in a half where Huddersfield had corner after corner that was the only real moment of threat the Bantams mustered.
Having gone in at half time with the scores level the sides came out from the interval at complete opposites. Huddersfield stepped up their performance whilst the Bantams appeared to have already left the stadium as they turned in a dreadful 45 minutes.
The rampage started three minutes after the break when Robbie Williams delivered a great ball from the Huddersfield left flank and the immensely impressive Jon Worthington buried his header beyond Rhys Evans.
The Bantams looked to regroup and get to grips with the battle on their hands. However, 15 minutes later and the Terriers lead was doubled. Barry Conlon gave up possession in the Huddersfield half and, as the Bantams pressed forward, they were exposed to the run of £250,000 signing Gary Roberts who calmly took the ball into the opposing half and slotted the ball past the exposed Rhys Evans.
So, 2-0 with just under 30 minutes to go Stuart McCall made his first alterations to the personnel on the pitch. He took off the strike pairing of Conlon and Boulding and replaced them with Thorne and Moncur, pushing Omar from his forlorn right wing to lead the line alongside Saturday's two goal hero.
It was a strange move as neither Moncur or Daley looked comfortable in the positions Stuart had moved them and even at 2-0 the potential to make a fight of the game was there. After just ten minutes on the pitch it didn't really matter any more as the embarrassment continued to increase.
A cheap free kick was given away in a fantastic position. Rhys Evans positioned his wall to defend the right of his goal and unfortunately forgot to protect the left as Robbie Williams blasted a beautiful free kick into that side of the net. Whether Evans could have stopped it or not he remained motionless as it sailed into the part of the goal that was his responsibility to protect.
By this time the Huddersfield Town fans had found their voice (they truly do only sing when they're winning) and the Bantams exodus had begun.
Their lack of stomach for the misery of watching the rest of the game spared them the sight of Danny Cadamarteri bursting through (again) as the Bantams back line stood flat footed looking for offside. His miscontrolled final touch (or perfect lay off depending on whose propaganda you believe) fell to Gary Roberts who rounded off a great night for him, his side and his fans with a second for him and a fourth for his team.
Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
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