Post-Match Review: Huddersfield

July 13, 2011 by  

Wrexham vs Huddersfield

Score: 1-2

Pogba (43) – Rhodes (12), Novak (82)

Attendance: 850

Wrexham vs Huddersfield 13/07/11

Huddersfield striker Lee Novak scored a late goal to secure a win, in what was a rather typical friendly match.


The result was reasonably fair, with the Terriers bossing the early and later parts of the first and second halves respectively. They didn’t have many chances but were clinical enough to score when needed. We started pretty well, then dipped after they scored a flukey goal from a corner in the midst of some confusion in the box. But we came back into it around the 25 minute mark, causing a few problems in the first half with Obi and Pogba causing problems in the area. Playing in what seemed to be an adapted version of last year’s formation, Fowler, Harris and Tolley played in centre midfield in a similar shape to our regular formation, with Cheesy just in front of the three and Pogba and Obi playing as two upfront. They did expand out wide at times, allowing for Cheesy and Tolley to get into the mix a bit more, With Johnny Hunt also coming in from left back in attacking moves.

Our goal came from a neat attacking move that was finished by the ever enigmatic Pogba. It was a tidy finish, but came after he had messed up a few key chances earlier in the game. I think it is important to perserve with him as he is capable of scaring defenders with his pace and presence, but for every brilliant movement or shot comes some sort of comedy moment. Its almost like he has OCD and has to have the same amount of wasted opportunities as he does good pieces of play. If you’re reading this Pogba, don’t worry I still love watching you play for us.

Of all of the lads on the pitch tonight, it was Hunt that impressed me most and I think if we develop him properly we could have a brilliant defender in the future. He has good attacking movement and although he is lacking the defensive side a little, it’s clear with Obeng’s progression since he joined us that it is possible to improve that side of the game with time.

In the second half we may have witnessed Maxwell playing his last game in a Wrexham kit, as well as a slender looking Gaz Taylor, sporting a 90’s throw back hair cut. Neither of these could spur the team on to a winning performance and although we kept the ball and passed it neatly at times, it was obvious some of these lads hadn’t played with each other much, especially the trialists and new boys. Our much anticipated new signing Speight seemed to have a bit about him, played a similar role to Mangan but also with a bit of strength, he also played quite passionately but it’s only a friendly and it is as ever hard to judge any new boy from one game. His presence wasn’t enough on the night to get as a goal, with a few missed chances, and Huddersfield took the lead from some sloppy defending in the 82nd minute.

In all honesty, I’d lost pretty much all interest after reading the WST statement on the forums during half time and even after some changes for a few trailists  it was hard to get back into the spirit of the game. Until this mess is sorted we will never truely prosper as a club, and although enough has been said in this topic to bring it in here, its hard to watch a game at the Racecourse without that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you don’t know where your ticket money is going.


Random comment: Our new kits (or were they training kits) looked quite nice I guess.

Quick Match Summary: We played pretty well in patches but didn’t have enough to beat a team who are obviously playing a few levels above us.

Opposing player who impressed: Their number 9 looked alright and caused problems on the right.

What they said: Deano- "Lee Clark [Huddersfield Town Manager] was very complimentary about our performance and I thanked him for bringing his side across to play us.I thought they looked a bigger, stronger team than us at times but then they’ve got a lot of players who’ve played at Championship level."

Red Passion MOTM: 1st Half was probably Hunt, 2nd Gaz Taylor, but only because of his lucious locks.

Wrexham FC Team: Mayebi, Tomassen, Hunt, Harris, Sinclair, Fowler, Cieslewicz, Tolley, Anoruo, Blackburn, Pogba.
Subs: Maxwell, Ward, Clowes, Knight-Percival, Ashton, Morrell, Speight, Taylor, Brown, Rushton, Creighton, Penk, Stephens.

Huddersfield Team: Coglan, Naysmith, Clarke, Roberts, Kay, Cadamarteri, Gobern, Cooper, Rhodes, Miller, Atkinson.
Subs: Bennett, McCombe, Lee, Novak, Clarke, Spencer, Sellars, Crooks, Chippendale, Thackray.