Huddersfield Town 0 Ipswich Town 0
Alf’s four hour journey to West Yorkshire was worth it just for the pub lunch however, a biting wind off the Pennines and a dull match made the two hour stay inside the well appointed John Smith’s Stadium an uncomfortable experience.
The condition of the pitch, the weather and the precarious positions that both sides occupy in the league table conspired to produce a game of stalemate.
Alf sensed that both sides were afraid to lose and both sides would probably have settled for a point even before a ball was kicked. Ipswich failed to take advantage of a promising break in the opening minutes as a poor cross spoiled their golden chance to take an early lead. It turned out to be a day of poor deliveries from the Suffolk side and Smithies in the Huddersfield goal was not troubled by a shot until the 73rd minute.
The game was there for the taking but Ipswich weren’t brave enough to force the issue. John Wark said as much in his half time pitch interview. As the ‘Terriers’ guest legend, Warky was probably Town’s highlight of the day.
Ipswich came under more pressure in the second half but they were sound at the back and Henderson made a couple of good saves to keep a point in the bag. Alf was surprised and disappointed with his reaction to the travelling Town faithful at full time. There were a few boo’s yes, but the vast majority of Town supporters gave their side a warm round of applause for the point gained and another small step towards safety.