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Huddersfield   0 - 1   Hartlepool

Huddersfield 0-1 Hartlepool

Huddersfield 0-1 Hartlepool

Leon McSweeney's first-half strike gave Hartlepool their third consecutive 1-0 win in League One as they overcame promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town.

Leon McSweeney put the visitors in front just before the break from close range, tapping home Evan Horwood's cross at the back post.

Armann Bjornsson should have made it 2-0, but he inexplicably blazed the ball over the bar from close range.

Pools are now just three points off third-placed Town with a game in hand.

Lee Clark's side were up against a well-disciplined Hartlepool side, who have now moved up to 10th in League One having won four of their last five games.

The Terriers found Pools keeper Jake Kean in inspired form, the on-loan Blackburn youngster producing a string of fine saves to stifle the hosts.

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Gary Roberts was the first to succumb to the impressive 19-year-old, who dived at his feet to deny him midway through the first half.

Kean also turned away shots form Peter Clarke and Anthony Pilkington before rushing out to prevent substitute Benik Afobe from scoring late on.

Hartlepool's winner came minutes before half-time when a cute backheel from Andy Monkhouse sent Horwood on his way and the full-back found McSweeney, who was free to fire past Terriers keeper Alex Smithies.

Despite being involved in the only League One Boxing Day game not to succumb to the wintry weather, Huddersfield remain one point off the promotion places.


Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark told BBC Radio Leeds:

"That's tough. It's a hard one to take. Well done to Hartlepool but I'm very disappointed.

"We've given up a magnificent opportunity to go into the top two places.

"We've got to set the tone better. It's about winning games. I expect my team to pick up points at home."

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Npower League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Huddersfield 0-1 Hartlepool FT
(HT 0-1)
    • McSweeney 42

    Huddersfield

    • 01 Smithies
    • 05 P Clarke
    • 16 Arfield
    • 18 McCombe
    • 04 Gudjonsson (Novak 69)
    • 07 Roberts
    • 08 Kay
    • 11 Pilkington
    • 36 Carey (Lee 90+3)
    • 10 Garner (Afobe 54)
    • 17 Rhodes

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 06 N Clarke,
    • 12 T Clarke,
    • 31 Atkinson,
    • 19 Lee,
    • 21 Novak,
    • 24 Afobe

    Hartlepool

    • 32 Kean
    • 02 Austin
    • 05 Collins
    • 06 Horwood
    • 29 Hartley
    • 04 Liddle
    • 07 McSweeney (Bjornsson 82)
    • 11 Monkhouse yellow card
    • 15 Sweeney
    • 20 Murray yellow card (Haslam 72)
    • 14 Brown (Larkin 60 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Rafferty,
    • 16 Haslam,
    • 03 Humphreys,
    • 08 Gamble,
    • 12 Yantorno,
    • 22 Bjornsson,
    • 23 Larkin
    Ref: NaylorAtt: 14,813
    HUDDERSFIELD
    HARTLEPOOL

    Possession

    • Huddersfield 57%
    • Hartlepool 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Huddersfield 8
    • Hartlepool 5

    Attempts off target

    • Huddersfield 4
    • Hartlepool 4

    Corners

    • Huddersfield 6
    • Hartlepool 3

    Fouls

    • Huddersfield 9
    • Hartlepool 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:57 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Pilkington by Colin Larkin. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:31 Substitution Alan Lee joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Carey.
    • 89:19 Gary Liddle challenges Antony Kay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey.
    • 87:04 Gary Roberts takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a brilliant save.
    • 85:53 Corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line to the near post, Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Brilliant save by Jake Kean.
    • 84:45 Colin Larkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Rhodes. Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 84:45 Booking Colin Larkin is shown a yellow card.
    • 84:12 Close range effort by Armann Bjornsson clears the crossbar.
    • 82:50 Gary Roberts produces a cross.
    • 81:31 Substitution (Hartlepool) makes a substitution, with Armann Bjornsson coming on for Leon McSweeney.
    • 80:57 Jordan Rhodes challenges Sam Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Kean.
    • 79:52 Evan Horwood challenges Gary Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gary Roberts.
    • 78:36 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jamie McCombe goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 77:48 Gary Roberts takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.
    • 77:11 Corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line played to the near post, Andy Monkhouse makes a clearance.
    • 75:32 Anthony Pilkington decides to take a short corner, The ball is swung over by Graham Carey.
    • 74:22 Steven Haslam takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.
    • 73:41 Corner taken by Leon McSweeney from the left by-line, save by Alex Smithies.
    • 71:51 Substitution Steven Haslam joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Murray.
    • 71:23 Colin Larkin takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.
    • 70:00 Andy Monkhouse fouled by Jordan Rhodes, the ref awards a free kick. Evan Horwood takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:01 Colin Larkin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Graham Carey.
    • 68:09 Joey Gudjonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon McSweeney. Jake Kean takes the indirect free kick.
    • 68:09 Substitution Joey Gudjonsson goes off and Lee Novak comes on.
    • 66:21 The ball is swung over by Gary Roberts.
    • 65:09 Effort on goal by Jordan Rhodes from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 64:47 Graham Carey takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Andy Monkhouse.
    • 64:37 Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Sam Collins gets a block in.
    • 59:08 Substitution Colin Larkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Brown.
    • 57:35 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, clearance made by Peter Hartley.
    • 53:36 Substitution Benik Afobe replaces Joe Garner.
    • 48:05 The referee gives a free kick against Jordan Rhodes for handball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Evan Horwood from left channel, Jamie McCombe makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:16 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+2:03 Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.
    • 45:00+0:45 Unfair challenge on Andy Monkhouse by Scott Arfield results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Kean.
    • 42:00 The assist for the goal came from Evan Horwood.
    • 42:00 GOAL - Leon McSweeneyHuddersfield 0 - 1 Hartlepool Leon McSweeney finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Huddersfield 0-1 Hartlepool.
    • 40:52 Unfair challenge on Scott Arfield by Paul Murray results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Gudjonsson.
    • 40:52 Booking The referee shows Paul Murray a yellow card.
    • 39:03 Shot by Anthony Pilkington from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 37:58 Corner taken by Graham Carey, Leon McSweeney makes a clearance.
    • 37:33 Antony Kay takes a shot. Blocked by Evan Horwood.
    • 36:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins by Jordan Rhodes. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Kean.
    • 33:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Kay by Gary Liddle. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Clarke.
    • 32:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Brown on Jamie McCombe. Joey Gudjonsson takes the free kick.
    • 31:52 Peter Hartley takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a comfortable save.
    • 31:14 Inswinging corner taken by Leon McSweeney from the left by-line played to the near post, Joe Garner manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:35 Corner taken left-footed by Evan Horwood from the right by-line, save by Alex Smithies.
    • 28:49 Graham Carey challenges Leon McSweeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Evan Horwood from right channel, Jordan Rhodes makes a clearance.
    • 28:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Collins on Joey Gudjonsson. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.
    • 27:33 Foul by Jordan Rhodes on Paul Murray, free kick awarded. Evan Horwood restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Carey on Neil Austin. Centre by Peter Hartley, Shot from just outside the box by Andy Monkhouse misses to the left of the goal.
    • 25:25 Gary Roberts takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a save.
    • 22:12 Andy Monkhouse concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Pilkington. Free kick crossed left-footed by Graham Carey, Peter Hartley manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:12 Booking Booking for Andy Monkhouse.
    • 21:20 Jordan Rhodes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:35 James Brown is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie McCombe.
    • 19:06 James Brown has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 17:58 The ball is delivered by Gary Roberts.
    • 17:04 James Brown takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies.
    • 15:33 Peter Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Antony Sweeney. Evan Horwood fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 14:12 Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.
    • 10:58 The assistant referee signals for offside against Antony Sweeney. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:04 Gary Roberts fouled by Gary Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Carey shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Npower League One table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Brighton 19 16 36
    2 Sheff Wed 21 13 33
    3 Huddersfield 20 9 32
    4 Charlton 19 6 32
    5 Bournemouth 19 15 30
    6 Colchester 19 2 30
    7 Oldham 18 6 29
    8 Peterborough 19 -2 29
    9 Exeter 20 -2 29
    10 Hartlepool 19 -2 29
    11 Southampton 19 8 28
    12 Brentford 19 2 28
    13 Carlisle 19 6 27
    14 MK Dons 19 -7 26
    15 Plymouth 19 -4 25
    16 Leyton Orient 19 1 24
    17 Swindon 19 -3 24
    18 Rochdale 19 1 22
    19 Notts County 18 -5 22
    20 Tranmere 19 -8 22
    21 Bristol R 19 -11 22
    22 Dag & Red 19 -11 18
    23 Walsall 19 -14 17
    24 Yeovil 19 -16 16

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