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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Division Three play-off final player ratings
Marks out of 10 for Huddersfield and Mansfield.

Huddersfield

Paul Rachubka: Made a smart late save from Corden. Kept his defence organised and was competent throughout. Saved Corden's penalty in the shoot-out to give his side the edge.


Anthony Lloyd: Delivered the cross for Booth's early headed chance, and was very close to opening the scoring in extra time with a fine shot.


David Mirfin: Defended solidly and also exploited space down the Mansfield right and delivered a couple of dangerous crosses.


Efe Sodje: Solid, aware, read the game well to make a number of good interceptions as he stifled the threat of Mendes. Sadly, was stretchered off very late on after a collision with Larkin.


Steve Yates: Resolute and uncompromising, did all that was asked of him with the minimum of fuss.


Andy Holdsworth: Delivered a number of crosses but could not provide the pass to unlock Mansfield's defence.


Anthony Carss: Inches away from giving Huddersfield the lead in the first half of extra time, but saw his shot curl agonisingly wide.


Jonathan Worthington: Fairly anonymous, the game passed by without too much contribution from the midfielder.


Danny Schofield: Inventive, incisive and hugely influential in creating chances from just behind the strikers. Showed plenty of skill with a number of mazy runs.


Andy Booth: Uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal, missed a chance with his head and a gilt-edged opportunity when clean through.


Pawel Abbott: Shot straight at the keeper after carving out a good opening. Workman-like performance but ran out of gas and was withdrawn after normal time.


Substitutes

Lee Fowler (replaced Jonathan Worthington, 85 mins): Made his presence known and held his nerve superbly to slot home the winning penalty in the shootout.

John McAliskey (replaced Pawell Abbott, 90 mins): Did well to quickly adjust to the pace of the game and sparked his side, particularly in the first half of extra time.

Rob Edwards (replaced Anthony Lloyd, 112 mins): Did not have much time to get involved.


Mansfield

Kevin Pilkington: Nervous start and look troubled by crosses, but grew in confidence to twice deny Abbot and produced a fantastic stop from Lloyd's volley.


Bobby Hassell: Got forward well on the overlap, and caused problems down Huddersfield's left. Defended solidly.


Rhys Day: Assured performance from the 18-year-old. Recovered form a shaky start to produce a competent display.


Alex Baptiste: Formed a solid defensive barrier with Day and looked far more mature than his years.


Adam Eaton: Got forward and found some good positions, dragged a shot wide when well-placed just before the break.


Tom Curtis: Made a superb block to deny Schofield, when it seemed the Huddersfield man would break the deadlock.


Lee Williamson: Guilty of holding on to the ball a little too long and failing to deliver a telling pass. Lacked composure.


Wayne Corden: Quiet first-half, but grew in stature after the interval and was desperately unlucky with a tremendous shot at the end of normal time. Missed his penalty in the shoot-out.


Craig Disley: Tried to penetrate with runs from deep, had some early success but faded and was replaced on the hour.


Liam Lawrence: Lively, bright and involved in most of his side's assaults on goal. Spoilt his performance by being too casual in the penalty shoot-out and handing the advantage to Huddersfield.


Junior Mendes: Isolated in attack, found himself up against an inspired Sodje and struggled to make an impact. Was forced off after being clattered by a late tackle from Sodje.


Substitutes

Colin Larkin (replaced Craig Disley, 60 mins): Found space well but was let down by a poor touch when through on goal and later ducked out of a header when he should have scored.

Laurent D'Jaffo (replaced Mendes, 69 mins): Got himself involved quickly and was a nuisance in the box but poor finishing let him down.

Neil Mackenzie (replaced Lee Williamson, 98 mins): Took advantage of some tired Huddersfield legs but could not quite ignite his side.




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Huddersfield 0-0 Mansfield
31 May 04  |  League Two



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