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Posted Tue 23 Feb 10 at 21:39 PM

Tranmere 0 Huddersfield 2

Two goals from Lee Novak ended Tranmere's hopes of back to back home wins as Huddersfield Town claimed a 2-0 win at Prenton Park.

Rovers' best chances to score fell for Craig Curran and Ian Goodison in the first half, while Marvin Sordell brought an excellent save out of the visiting keeper just moments before they scored their second.

Les Parry named an unchanged side following the win over Leyton Orient, with Luke O'Neill again replacing the suspended Shaleum Logan at right back and Ash Taylor ruled out through injury.

The starting formation against Huddersfield

Heavy snowfall - which was blowing as high as the top row of the Main Stand - greeted the players as they ran out of the tunnel ahead of the match to the extent that a yellow ball was used to improve visibility.

Marvin Sordell almost capitalised on a clearance that rebounded into the Huddersfield area inside the second minute and the conditions appeared to be affecting the players soon after as the visitors struggled to clear another high ball.

At the other end Danny Drinkwater fired wide after finding space on the left wing and it needed a good reaction save from Luke Daniels to keep out Jordan Rhodes' low shot after Ian Goodison was dispossessed outside the area.

From the corner that followed the Terriers took the lead. The ball reached the back post from where Lee Novak headed goalwards. Daniels parried the ball back into play, another effort from Neal Trotman was cleared but only as far as Novak whose header was ruled by the assistant referee to have crossed the goal line before it was kicked away by a defender.

On 13 minutes Sordell shot straight at Alex Smithies and Curran put an effort low at the keeper from 12 yards after the visitors failed to clear.

Ian Thomas-Moore volleyed into the arms of Smithies from long range on 17 minutes while Goodison fired over under pressure from Smithies after running on to Sordell's flick on.

John Welsh shot a couple of yards wide of goal from outside the area on 33 minutes and Bakayogo's teasing cross had to be headed out of the path of Craig Curran by Peter Clarke soon after.

At the other end Rhodes shot at Daniels under pressure from Goodison while Bakayogo's pass was just beyond the reach of Curran on 41 minutes - the last chance for either side before half time.


Charlie Barnett replaced Gareth Edds at the start of the second half with the latter having picked up a knock to the head earlier in the game.

Sordell forced a fine save out of Smithies two minutes into the half with a powerful low drive from the left side of the area, with Welsh unable to find the target from the rebound.

However, a minute later the visitors went two up, with Novak racing into the Tranmere area and drilling a low angled shot past Daniels and into the left corner of the net.


Goodison sent a powerful header straight at Smithies on 67 minutes and two minutes later the visitors had to concede a corner following a goal bound chip from Sordell.


Terry Gornell replaced Sordell with 15 minutes remaining while Gary Roberts brought a save out of Daniels as the visitors looked for a third.

A fast counter attack saw Novak almost complete his hat trick following excellent work from Roberts, but the striker was denied by Daniels. The keeper pulled off another fine save from the resulting corner and Bakayogo threw his head in the way of a follow up effort from Drinkwater.

Barnett shot at Smithies from outside the area in the third minute of injury time - the last chance of the game as Rovers fell to defeat.

Tranmere: Daniels, O'Neill, Broomes, Goodison, Bakayogo, Edds (Barnett 45HT), McLaren, Welsh (Shuker, 58), Curran, Sordell (Gornell 75), Thomas-Moore. Substitutes not used: Collister, McCready, Cresswell, Mahon.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Peltier, Peter Clarke, Roberts, Kay, Heffernan, Rhodes, Pilkington, Novak, Drinkwater, Trotman. Substitutes not used: Eastwood, Collins, Michael Clarke, Pearce, Robinson, Tom Clarke, Eccleston.

Referee: Andy Penn

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