Tuesday May 15, 2012 Semi-finals Finished The John Smith's Stadium

  1. Huddersfield v MK Dons: LIVE

    Huddersfield v MK Dons: LIVE

    Huddersfield carry a 2-0 lead over MK Dons into the League One play-off semi-final second leg at the Galpharm Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 2-1 win for MK Dons, but Huddersfield are through to the final 3-2 on aggregate. A frantic finish, but the home side do just enough to reach the final where they will face Sheffield United.
    • 90+2' GOAL! Smith scores for MK Dons as he bundles a header into the net from Potter's header across goal. MK need one more goal.
    • 90+1' Brilliant stop from Smithies to deny Ibehre and Powell. So close to a goal for the visiting side.
    • 89' Going to be four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' MacKenzie brings down Rhodes as we head for injury time.
    • 87' Cries of Wembley, Wembley can be heard from the home fans. Time the real enemy for MK Dons here.
    • 86' Lewington with a decent cross for Ibehre who fails to get the header at goal. Huddersfield clear the danger.
    • 85' Tom Clarke replaces Kallum Higginbotham for Huddersfield, who are happy to pack their defence now.
    • 84' Rhodes saw Martin off his line, but lifts the shot narrowly over the bar.
    • 83' MacKenzie with a high foot as he challenged Rhodes. That will waste a few more seconds.
    • 82' Robinson tracks Gleeson to earn his side a goalkick. The party has kicked off among the home fans.
    • 81' Johnson with a strong tackle to win the ball from Smith.
    • 80' Novak smashes a shot over the bar from distance. Huddersfield almost over the winning line.
    • 79' Chance for Ibehre, but he snatches at the shot as the ball flies over the bar. We remain at 1-1 on the night.
    • 78' Alan Smith replaces Charlie MacDonald as MK Dons try to make life nervous for the home side.
    • 77' Woods and Powell collide. Not sure what is going on there.
    • 76' Claims for a handball against Potter in the middle of the park, but the referee waves play on.
    • 75' Tommy Miller departs to be replaced by Anton Robinson.
    • 74' Clarke heads clear the cross by Chadwick with Gleeson slipping as he prepared to pull the trigger.
    • 73' The League One final is on May 26. Unless there is a major change here it is going to be between Sheffield United and Huddersfield.
    • 72' The rain now falling on South Yorkshire. The home fans don't care as they close in on the play-off final.
    • 71' Ward clips a volley across the visiting goal. Evades Martin, but just too much for Rhodes as he arrived late.
    • 70' Jabo Ibehre has been wheeled on for Adam Chicksen for MK.
    • 69' Change for MK as Luke Chadwick replaces Dean Bowditch.
    • 68' An offside flag goes up in the area. Looked as if Clarke was shoved to the deck by Lewington, but no penalty.
    • 67' Higginbotham's drive deflects behind for a corner to the home team.
    • 66' The Dons scored five more goals than Huddersfield in the regular season, but ended one place and one point inferior at fifth with 80 points.
    • 65' Potter seemed to block Johnson, but the referee said no. Novak unleases an effort from distance. Miles wide of goal.
    • 64' Hunt dashes into visiting area. Surrounded by black shirts before rolling it back to Johnson. Huddersfield looking a bit more lively.
    • 63' Novak tries to bring Rhodes into the play, but overhits the pass as MK are given cheap possession.
    • 62' Huddersfield with plenty of bodies back to break up the attack as Ward brings it clear.
    • 61' MK Dons have a throw-in here in the home half. Taken by Lewington.
    • 60' Williams controls the ball superbly ahead of Rhodes. Knocks it back to Martin and on we go.
    • 59' Ward decides to wallop an effort at goal. Shot flies past the post by some distance.
    • 58' Williams knocks the ball out of play under pressure from Rhodes. Fierce battle between those two tonight.
    • 57' Lovely passage of play by MK before Gleeson drags a shot about a yard wide. Good hit, but no cigar. It remains 0-0.
    • 56' The home fans back in full voice here. Their side quite happy to play on the break and let MK force the play.
    • 55' Chance for Hunt to finish it off, but Martin dives to make the stop before swatting away Novak's effort.
    • 54' Great run by Jack Hunt as he tries to relieve the pressure.
    • 53' MK Dons continues with 65 percent of possession. That is an astonishing stat really. Somehow the visiting team are not ahead.
    • 52' Goalkeeper David Martin has started all 55 of MK's league and cup fixtures this season, but has not been doing much this evening as he hammers a long ball down the park.
    • 51' Lovely piece of play by MacDonald as he slips the ball into the box. Great cross, but no takers on hand to finish off.
    • 50' This has been a highly impressive response from MK since falling behind.
    • 49' Chicksen does really well. Cuts into the box before lifting his shot well over the bar. Disappointing finish.
    • 48' Chance for MacDonald as he slips the ball beyond Smithies. What a chance that is. Should be 2-1 to the visitors.
    • 47' Bowditch dinks a ball to the back post, but that lacks any direction. Out of play for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 46' We are off and running in this second period.
    • 45+4' Rhodes back on his feet as MK Dons clear a corner-kick. 1-1 at half-time. A 3-1 lead on aggregate for the home side. Life in this match yet though.
    • 44' We are into four minutes of time added on.
    • 43' Rhodes has gone to ground. He is in need of some treatment. Not sure what is wrong with the striker.
    • 42' Williams covering for Lewington in the closing moments of the half. MK have certainly been the brighter side.
    • 41' A tough call to make for the referee. Robinson speaking to the fourth official. He is far from happy with that decision.
    • 40' Powell looking for MacDonald in the area. Inches away from converting. Morrison seemed to bundle over MacDonald. Looked a penalty there.
    • 39' Powell back to help out his defence before thumping the ball clear. MK Dons coming on strong again.
    • 38' Gleeson thumps an effort wide of goal from distance. Decent effort. Robinson looking a bit more settled now.
    • 37' Fresh hope here for MK Dons. Lovely ball from Chicksen for Powell to net his 11th goal of the season. Life in this game yet. A 3-1 aggregate lead for Huddersfield.
    • 36' GOAL! Powell scores for MK Dons. Excellent finish from the edge of the box. No chance for Smithies and the visiting side are level at 1-1.
    • 35' Gleeson wins the ball from Higginbotham as MK Dons battle for the loose ball.
    • 34' Another goal for the home side here would surely bury this tie alive.
    • 33' On we go after that enforced change. MK Dons playing some nice stuff, but seem to be let down by a lack of clarity in the final third.
    • 32' Alex Smithies is going to take over from the injured Ian Bennett. Seems to have a wrist injury.
    • 31' Karl Robinson is looking at his phone at the moment while Bennett gets some treatment. Robinson then speaking to Alan Smith.
    • 30' Bennett seems to have taken a bit of a knock and is needing some treatment here.
    • 29' MacDonald tries to get on the end of the Bowditch cross. Ball goes loose before Woods wallops clear the danger.
    • 28' A first leg deficit has been overturned nine times in the play-off semi-finals at this level - three clubs have progressed despite being two goals in arrears after the first match. Would be a huge task to alter the outcome of this one.
    • 27' Bowditch penalised for a handball as Bennett hammers the free-kick down the pitch.
    • 26' Bowditch slams an effort at goal as the ball flies off a home defender and over the bar.
    • 25' Powell tries to lay the ball off, but it comes to nothing. Solid piece of defending by Williams to intercept a pass. Rhodes giving him and his side real headaches.
    • 24' Remember the visiting side need three goals to force extra-time. Four goals to win it.
    • 23' Huddersfield have now gone to 4/9 with MK Dons out at 5/1 on the night if you fancy a visiting comeback.
    • 22' Chicksen's shot from distance is blocked by Clarke before Ward is brought down as Huddersfield are awarded a free-kick in their own half.
    • 21' Ward called offside from Rhodes's pass. That was so unfortunate. More intelligent play by Rhodes.
    • 20' Chicksen and Powell combine in the box before Huddersfield break at speed from the corner.
    • 19' The home fans in party mood. They can only see a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United in the play-off final. Can't really blame them.
    • 18' Long way back in this game now for the visitors. They started the game brighter, but you have to take your chances when you are on top.
    • 17' Lovely finish by Rhodes. Daniel Ward got the header on for Rhodes and MK Dons were ripped apart.
    • 16' GOAL! Rhodes scores for Huddersfield. His 40th of the season. Superb finish with the left foot. Huddersfield on top now. 3-0 on aggregate.
    • 15' MK Dons enjoying 64 percent of possession so far tonight. Says enough about how this game is working out.
    • 14' Superb goalkeeing as Bennett races from his line to clear the ball from MacDonald. Had to make that challenge.
    • 13' Karl Robinson was out applauding the travelling fans before this match kicked off. They remain 2-0 adrift overall in the tie.
    • 12' The sun is now out in Huddersfield after a day of rain. MK Dons edging the possession at the moment.
    • 11' Lewington trying to lead by example for the visiting side as Huddersfield slams the ball out from the back. Simon Grayson trying to tell his team to get up the park.
    • 10' O'Shea's shot is blocked by Johnson. MK Dons trying to continue their forward momentum.
    • 9' This is Milton Keynes's fourth play-off campaign and their second in as many seasons. They are yet to successfully negotiate the semi-finals.
    • 8' Novak closed down as he shot. Game raging from end to end at the moment. This could be an interesting evening.
    • 7' Chance for Novak, but he slams the shot wide of goal. Fine play Higginbotham. Should have hit the target with that effort.
    • 6' MacDonald penalised for a late challenge on Clarke. Again, the MK Dons threatening. Huddersfield haven't really started here so far.
    • 5' Bennett slams the ball long down the park. MK are really going for in this in the early moments as Chicksen is taken out of the game late by Miller.
    • 4' Huddersfield are participating in a record eighth play-off campaign, and a third in successive seasons. They are hoping to end an eight-season stay in League One and gain a first return to the second tier in 11 years.
    • 3' Powell almost in there behind Clarke. Sloppy play in defence by the home team, but Woods and Bennett combine to clear the danger. MK really going for this.
    • 2' Bowditch bright early on as he slips the ball across goal, but Bennett is out to collect the cross.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this one. Huddersfield get the action underway.
    • 19.40 Alan Smith drops to the bench with an ankle problem for MK Dons. The MK Dons are set to go with a 4-3-3 formation. Jay O'Shea replaces Smith in the starting line-up. Almost a full house in for this tonight. The winner will face Sheffield United in the final.
    • 19.35 The home side make one change tonight with Kallum Higginbotham coming in for Scott Arfield in midfield. The team is otherwise unchanged from Huddersfield's 2-0 win at the weekend.
    • 19.30 Match odds for this evening: Huddersfield Town 6/5, MK Dons 13/5, Draw 5/2
    • 19.25 Karl Robinson (MK Dons): "I've not got the resources, but I've got heart and hunger and great men. We can play better; that's the best they've got. I'm thankful the Football League has made the gap really short, not like last year when there were four or five days between the games. It's only a short period of time so we can get going again; our recovery rate is generally very good. We don't have many players but hopefully we can recover quicker than them. "
    • 19.20 Simon Grayson (Huddersfield): "The level of performance (at stadium:mk) delighted me. Given the circumstances I would say it was the best performance of my short reign here. But we aren't getting carried away. We are still very wary of the opposition, which we have to be because MK Dons are a good team. We need to be focused physically and mentally in our preparation because we haven't achieved anything yet. But the players are totally aware of what we need to do.
    • 19.15 Teams: Huddersfield: Bennett, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Morrison, Woods, Higginbotham, Johnson, Miller, Ward, Rhodes, Novak..subs: Smithies, Roberts, Tom Clarke, Lee, Robinson////Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Chicksen, MacKenzie, Shaun Williams, Lewington, Daniel Powell, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, O'Shea, MacDonald..subs: McLoughlin, Doumbe, Smith, Ibehre, Chadwick////Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)
    • 19.10 Luke Chadwick could come back into the reckoning for MK Dons ahead of their trip to the Galpharm Stadium. Midfielder Chadwick missed the game on Saturday because of a knock he sustained against Walsall on the final day of the regular season. Chadwick aside, the Dons just have the usual `bumps and bruises' following the first leg, which sees them travelling to Yorkshire attempting to overcome a 2-0 deficit, Manager Karl Robinson has options should he wish to make changes.
    • 19.05 Huddersfield pair Callum Woods and Scott Arfield are doubtful for the return leg of their side's League One play-off semi-final against MK Dons. Defender Woods (toe) and midfielder Arfield (ankle) were both forced out of Saturday's 2-0 win in the first leg at stadium:mk and could be handed late fitness tests. Tom Clarke replaced Woods, while Kallum Higginbotham was sent on for Arfield at the weekend and manager Simon Grayson has plenty of options.
    • 19.00 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of Huddersfield against MK Dons in the League One play-off second leg. A 2-0 lead for the home side from the first leg.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL! Smith scores for MK Dons as he bundles a header into the net from Potter's header across goal. MK need one more goal.
    • 90+1' Brilliant stop from Smithies to deny Ibehre and Powell. So close to a goal for the visiting side.
    • 57' Lovely passage of play by MK before Gleeson drags a shot about a yard wide. Good hit, but no cigar. It remains 0-0.
    • 55' Chance for Hunt to finish it off, but Martin dives to make the stop before swatting away Novak's effort.
    • 49' Chicksen does really well. Cuts into the box before lifting his shot well over the bar. Disappointing finish.
    • 48' Chance for MacDonald as he slips the ball beyond Smithies. What a chance that is. Should be 2-1 to the visitors.
    • 40' Powell looking for MacDonald in the area. Inches away from converting. Morrison seemed to bundle over MacDonald. Looked a penalty there.
    • 36' GOAL! Powell scores for MK Dons. Excellent finish from the edge of the box. No chance for Smithies and the visiting side are level at 1-1.
    • 16' GOAL! Rhodes scores for Huddersfield. His 40th of the season. Superb finish with the left foot. Huddersfield on top now. 3-0 on aggregate.
    • 14' Superb goalkeeing as Bennett races from his line to clear the ball from MacDonald. Had to make that challenge.
    • 7' Chance for Novak, but he slams the shot wide of goal. Fine play Higginbotham. Should have hit the target with that effort.
    • 3' Powell almost in there behind Clarke. Sloppy play in defence by the home team, but Woods and Bennett combine to clear the danger. MK really going for this.
    • 19.15 Teams: Huddersfield: Bennett, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Morrison, Woods, Higginbotham, Johnson, Miller, Ward, Rhodes, Novak..subs: Smithies, Roberts, Tom Clarke, Lee, Robinson////Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Chicksen, MacKenzie, Shaun Williams, Lewington, Daniel Powell, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, O'Shea, MacDonald..subs: McLoughlin, Doumbe, Smith, Ibehre, Chadwick////Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

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