A spectacular Anthony Pilkington effort gave Huddersfield victory in an entertaining Yorkshire derby clash against Sheffield Wednesday.
Pilkington looped a curling left-foot shot over goalkeeper Nicky Weaver from 25 yards to seal the points.
Wednesday's Mark Beevers headed against the post before Tommy Miller's free-kick was tipped over by Alex Smithies.
Weaver also impressed, producing saves late on to keep out shots from Jordan Rhodes and Scott Arfield.
Wednesday had not played during the 16 days since their 5-1 defeat at Exeter due to freezing weather conditions and they were almost caught cold when Rhodes raced through on goal in the first minute, but Weaver was alert to the threat and smothered his effort.
Huddersfield then had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Clinton Morrison appeared to handle the ball from the resulting corner.
Moments later the Owls made their first serious impression on the game as Beevers headed against the upright from Gary Teale's corner.
It was a pulsating start and the momentum continued when Pilkington cut inside from the left flank and fired a curling shot which was turned away by Weaver.
The Terriers, looking to end a three-game winless run, were exerting increasing pressure on the visitors and Pilkington's superb long-range strike gave them a thoroughly deserved lead.
But Wednesday responded well as Smithies was forced to produce some excellent goalkeeping to keep out Miller's free-kick and then deny Neil Mellor with a sharp reflex save.
After the break, Morrison thought he had levelled with a well-directed volley but was correctly flagged for offside.
Chances were more difficult to come by in the second half but Mellor should have done better with a volley he sent over the bar from the edge of the area.
That was practically the Owls' last effort and it was Huddersfield who looked more likely to score in the final stages, as Rhodes saw a low shot saved by Weaver, who then parried Arfield's sweetly struck volley.
Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark told BBC Radio Leeds: "Four points from two games, one home, one away is a good enough start to 2011 for me.
"Some of the football in the first half was of the highest quality, the goal that was scored is worthy of winning any match in any league in any country.
"I'm delighted with all aspects of the game."
Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I felt we deserved something from the game.
"We huffed and puffed a bit in the second half but we're massively disappointed to come away with nothing.
"I'm very, very angry about the goal because it was something we highlighted before the game. We didn't do our jobs."
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Monday, 3 January 2011
Npower League One
05 P Clarke
07 Roberts (T Clarke 67)
08 Kay yellow card
20 Kilbane yellow card
17 Rhodes (Lee 76)
21 Novak (Afobe 87)
12 T Clarke,
36 Otsemobor (Jones 75)
17 O'Connor (Heffernan 88)
21 Teale (Sedgwick 71 yellow card)
23 Johnson yellow card
Ref: OliverAtt: 17,024
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:40 The referee ends the match.
90:00+2:56 Scott Arfield concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sedgwick. The ball is sent over by Tommy Miller, Clinton Morrison has
a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
90:00+2:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tommy Miller from the left by-line, clearance made by Benik Afobe.
90:00+2:05 The referee blows for offside. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
89:54 Chris Sedgwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Pilkington. Anthony Pilkington takes the free kick.
89:54 Booking The referee books Chris Sedgwick for unsporting behaviour.
86:39 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Paul Heffernan coming on for James O'Connor.
86:39 Substitution Benik Afobe comes on in place of Lee Novak.
85:02 Neil Mellor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Antony Kay takes the indirect free kick.
81:37 Anthony Pilkington takes the inswinging corner, Nicky Weaver makes a save.
81:27 Shot by Scott Arfield. Nicky Weaver makes a save.
80:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Clarke on Clinton Morrison. Tommy Miller delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel, clearance made by Peter Clarke.
80:40 Booking Antony Kay goes into the referee's book for dissent.
77:02 Lee Novak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Beevers. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
75:52 Mark Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Novak. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.
75:15 Substitution Alan Lee on for Jordan Rhodes.
74:31 Substitution Jon Otsemobor leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Jones.
74:16 Shot by Anthony Pilkington. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
74:05 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver.
73:06 Shot on goal by Neil Mellor from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
71:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by James O'Connor on Kevin Kilbane. Peter Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
70:38 Substitution Gary Teale goes off and Chris Sedgwick comes on.
67:16 Shot from just outside the area by Kevin Kilbane misses to the right of the target.
66:17 Unfair challenge on Anthony Pilkington by Jermaine Johnson results in a free kick. Liam Ridehalgh takes the direct free kick.
66:17 Substitution Tom Clarke is brought on as a substitute for Gary Roberts.
66:17 Booking Jermaine Johnson booked.
65:03 Handball by Lee Novak. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
61:43 A cross is delivered by Liam Ridehalgh, Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.
60:45 Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line, Darren Purse makes a clearance.
60:10 Jermaine Johnson challenges Liam Ridehalgh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
59:28 Foul by Clinton Morrison on Antony Kay, free kick awarded. Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.
58:59 Shot from outside the box by Jordan Rhodes goes wide right of the target.
57:22 Jermaine Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
56:53 Outswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Peter Clarke makes a clearance.
56:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Peter Clarke. Free kick crossed by Tommy Spurr, clearance by Peter
54:50 The ball is delivered by Kevin Kilbane.
54:20 Shot from 20 yards from James O'Connor. Alex Smithies makes a comfortable save.
53:26 The referee blows for offside against Lee Novak. Nicky Weaver takes the free kick.
52:43 Unfair challenge on Neil Mellor by Peter Clarke results in a free kick. Jon Otsemobor takes the direct free kick.
51:05 The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Novak. Nicky Weaver takes the indirect free kick.
48:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Clinton Morrison. Peter Clarke takes the indirect free kick.
48:26 Antony Kay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Mellor. Tommy Spurr takes the free kick.
45:25 Mark Beevers fouled by Scott Arfield, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:00+3:35 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+2:32 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.
45:00+1:06 Anthony Pilkington has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
45:00+0:33 Kevin Kilbane takes a deflected shot. James O'Connor gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary Roberts,
clearance by Mark Beevers.
42:17 Scott Arfield has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
40:51 Antony Kay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Mellor. Tommy Spurr crosses the ball from the free kick
left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Kevin Kilbane.
38:51 Neil Mellor takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies. Outswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the right by-line, Mark Beevers
produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
38:08 Outswinging corner taken by Gary Teale.
37:29 Lee Peltier produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
36:41 Clinton Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Kilbane. Peter Clarke takes the free kick.
35:24 Foul by Kevin Kilbane on Darren Purse, free kick awarded. Jon Otsemobor restarts play with the free kick.
35:24 Booking Kevin Kilbane is given a yellow card.
34:34 Anthony Pilkington fouled by Jermaine Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Anthony Pilkington, clearance
by Mark Beevers.
28:29 Kevin Kilbane challenges Neil Mellor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Tommy Miller from the
free kick, save by Alex Smithies. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale, save by Alex Smithies.
27:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Neil Mellor. Free kick taken by Antony Kay.
26:14 GOAL - Anthony Pilkington:Huddersfield 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Goal scored by Anthony Pilkington from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Huddersfield 1-0 Sheff
23:26 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark Beevers.
22:44 Foul by Jermaine Johnson on Gary Roberts, free kick awarded. Centre by Anthony Pilkington, Lee Novak takes a shot. Save by
21:39 Clinton Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Clarke. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.
19:38 Clinton Morrison fouled by Antony Kay, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Teale has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,
save by Alex Smithies.
17:58 Jermaine Johnson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
17:21 Kevin Kilbane takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Nicky Weaver.
15:44 Jermaine Johnson produces a cross, Alex Smithies makes a save.
14:58 Tommy Miller produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
11:52 Foul by Darren Purse on Jordan Rhodes, free kick awarded. Kevin Kilbane takes the free kick.
11:16 The referee blows for offside against Gary Roberts. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
9:03 Foul by Gary Teale on Lee Peltier, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance by Clinton
8:11 Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Nicky Weaver. Gary Roberts takes a short corner.
7:11 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Anthony Pilkington.
5:23 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Teale from the left by-line played to the near post, Mark Beevers has a headed effort at goal
from close in that hits the post. Clinton Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Peltier. Alex Smithies restarts
play with the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Scott Arfield. Darren Purse restarts
play with the free kick.
4:42 Clinton Morrison has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
2:31 Corner taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by James O'Connor.
1:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Morrison on Lee Peltier. Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.
1:11 The ball is crossed by Gary Roberts, clearance by Mark Beevers.
0:20 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts from the right by-line played to the near post, Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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