Moments later the Terriers took a deserved lead through Carey's free-kick as their assurance grew.
Joey Gudjonsson then broke up a Wednesday attack and set up a devastating counter involving Rhodes and Garner which resulted in Pilkington's impressive finish.
Wednesday were struggling to secure a foothold in the game and Rhodes should have have made it 3-0 just before half-time but shot just wide.
The introduction of Clinton Morrison and James O'Connor brought an improvement in the Owls' performance after the interval but they struggled to create chances.
Their best moment arrived when Morrison's neat lay-off found Neil Mellor but the former Liverpool striker fired over.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I'm bitterly disappointed. We were very poor in the first half, got a bit better in the second half but we weren't good enough.
"We try and do our preparation as thoroughly as we can. We spoke about this being a derby, I don't know what else we can do to make the players aware.
"There have been a lot of questions asked of the players. We work hard to try and make everything is covered. The players train well, yet we come onto the pitch and forget the things we've worked on."
Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark told BBC Radio Leeds: "I'm a football fan myself so I appreciate when you get turn-outs like we do and the support we get week in, week out.
"For us to put a performance in like that, a complete performance in terms of the quality of our play with and without the ball, I just think it's done the travelling fans proud.
"We've done nothing yet, I'm not getting excited but I just wanted to show my appreciation to them for their fantastic and continued support."
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Npower League One
15 Beevers yellow card
10 Coke yellow card
14 Potter (O'Connor 45)
24 Sedgwick (Teale 75)
07 Tudgay (Morrison 45)
05 P Clarke
04 Gudjonsson yellow card
36 Carey (Arfield 71)
10 Garner (Afobe 64)
06 N Clarke,
Ref: CrossleyAtt: 20,540
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:07 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+1:15 Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Nicky Weaver. Short corner worked by Joey Gudjonsson.
90:00+0:29 Daniel Jones produces a cross.
89:45 Lee Peltier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Teale. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.
88:25 Foul by Benik Afobe on Darren Purse, free kick awarded. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
85:25 Benik Afobe fouled by Darren Purse, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Gudjonsson.
85:02 Effort on goal by Anthony Pilkington from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
84:25 Anthony Pilkington takes a shot from 30 yards. Save made by Nicky Weaver. Short corner taken by Joey Gudjonsson.
82:38 Benik Afobe takes a shot. Mark Beevers gets a block in. Short corner taken by Joey Gudjonsson from the right by-line.
82:21 Centre by Daniel Jones, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.
82:13 Lewis Buxton produces a cross, clearance by Scott Arfield.
79:10 Scott Arfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Free kick crossed left-footed by Daniel Jones from left
76:44 Shot on goal by Neil Mellor from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
74:51 Substitution Gary Teale on for Chris Sedgwick.
74:29 Clinton Morrison is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
72:20 Foul by Mark Beevers on Benik Afobe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joey Gudjonsson.
72:20 Booking Caution for Mark Beevers.
70:02 Substitution Graham Carey leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Arfield.
69:32 The official flags Jermaine Johnson offside. Ian Bennett takes the free kick.
67:26 Giles Coke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Peltier. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Graham
Carey, Mark Beevers makes a clearance.
67:26 Booking The referee cautions Giles Coke for unsporting behaviour.
66:29 Daniel Jones takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Jordan Rhodes.
66:19 Centre by Jermaine Johnson, clearance by Graham Carey.
63:48 Substitution Benik Afobe comes on in place of Joe Garner.
63:10 Effort on goal by Jermaine Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
63:02 The ball is swung over by Daniel Jones.
62:47 The ball is swung over by Daniel Jones, Anthony Pilkington gets a block in.
61:54 Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Jones, save by Ian Bennett.
58:30 Unfair challenge on Peter Clarke by Neil Mellor results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
56:22 The ball is delivered by Neil Mellor, Antony Kay manages to make a clearance. Daniel Jones takes a inswinging corner.
55:13 Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Jones from the right by-line to the near post, Jordan Rhodes makes a clearance. Daniel
Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
54:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Jones from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Antony Kay.
53:48 Antony Kay challenges Mark Beevers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
53:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Joey Gudjonsson. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.
53:02 Booking Joey Gudjonsson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
50:54 Inswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line, Nicky Weaver makes a save.
48:02 Drilled right-footed shot by James O'Connor. Save made by Ian Bennett.
47:01 Clinton Morrison has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:00+2:09 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00 Substitution James O'Connor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Potter.
45:00 Substitution Marcus Tudgay goes off and Clinton Morrison comes on.
43:50 The ball is delivered by Lewis Buxton.
42:50 Peter Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Tudgay. Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.
42:20 Jordan Rhodes has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
40:20 Jordan Rhodes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Purse. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
39:03 The ball is sent over by Graham Carey.
38:31 Joe Garner challenges Mark Beevers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Weaver restarts play with the free kick.
36:20 Graham Carey fouled by Lewis Buxton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Gudjonsson, clearance
by Chris Sedgwick.
36:13 Joey Gudjonsson sends in a cross, clearance made by Darren Potter.
34:49 Jermaine Johnson produces a cross, clearance made by Lee Peltier. Corner taken by Darren Potter from the left by-line, Marcus
Tudgay challenges Liam Ridehalgh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
33:15 Assist on the goal came from Graham Carey.
33:15 GOAL - Anthony Pilkington:Sheff Wed 0 - 2 Huddersfield Anthony Pilkington gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the
goal. Sheff Wed 0-2 Huddersfield.
30:31 Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Save by Ian Bennett. Liam Ridehalgh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine
Johnson. Free kick crossed by Daniel Jones.
26:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Jermaine Johnson. Ian Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
25:50 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Potter to the near post, Jordan Rhodes makes a clearance. Corner taken by Darren Potter
played to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Potter played to
the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.
24:14 The ball is swung over by Chris Sedgwick, save by Ian Bennett. Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Jones, Joe Garner manages
to make a clearance.
23:36 Joe Garner is adjudged to have handled the ball. Nicky Weaver takes the direct free kick.
22:01 Foul by Darren Purse on Joe Garner, free kick awarded.
22:01 GOAL - Graham Carey:Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Huddersfield Graham Carey scores a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-1 Huddersfield.
17:30 Jordan Rhodes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area and strikes the post.
16:16 Darren Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Garner. Direct free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
16:10 The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones, clearance by Peter Clarke.
12:37 Foul by Antony Kay on Mark Beevers, free kick awarded. Darren Potter takes the direct free kick. Header on goal by Marcus
Tudgay from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
12:21 Shot by Darren Potter. Blocked by Peter Clarke.
11:15 Jermaine Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joey Gudjonsson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from
the right by-line by Daniel Jones, clearance by Joe Garner.
11:08 The ball is crossed by Daniel Jones.
9:58 Unfair challenge on Peter Clarke by Marcus Tudgay results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Clarke.
7:48 Jordan Rhodes produces a cross. Handball by Daniel Jones. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Gudjonsson, Chris
Sedgwick makes a clearance.
5:42 Joey Gudjonsson produces a cross.
5:04 Marcus Tudgay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Clarke. Free kick taken by Ian Bennett.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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