Feb 19 AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town Att: 7923

Last updated : 20 February 2011 By Andy Burton

A cagey start to this top-of-the-table clash at Dean Court with neither side really wanting to commit too much too early. But it was our visitors that made an early mark with the collection of the first of 6 yellow cards when Clarke upended Symes in the 2nd minute. Could have been red, but the charge through from Symes was a little too far away from goal for it to have been a true goal scoring opportunity - but this was the physical approach the Terriers brought to the game.

Neat build up play for the Cherries didn't lead to anything threatening, despite some decent football down both flanks. The same could also be said for the Terriers who also didn't create a great deal to threaten the home goal.

Jason Pearce, uncharacterisitically, was slightly hesistant, got caught, allowing Gary Roberts to rifle in a shot, which just sailed over the cross bar.

Just after the half hour mark Symes almost found himself clear, but the through ball was a tad too strong, allowing the keeper to get to edge of the his area to mop up any danger.

In the 35th minute Ings had a clear header. With slightly more awareness and a stronger contact, it should have been diverted in to the back of the net. Sadly it went behind for a goal kick.

Pugh did find himself in a good position in first half stoppage time to put the Cherries 1-up. His turn and shot saw Bennett in the Terrier's goal produce a great one-handed save to deny the Cherries. 

HT: 0-0

The second half was equally cagey to start, with few chances being created by either side.

As the half progressed, more Cherries were being presented, but couldn't be taken. Either because of poor finishing, or some sharp goal keeping by Bennett.

A Pugh free kick was arrowing towards the top right hand corner, only to be denied by an out stretched hand from the Terriers keeper.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute when a superb Liam Feeney cross found Michael Symes at the far post to head home unmarked with the the goal keeper stranded. Cue celebrations from the home support. With the advantage with the Cherries, lads in red & black went in search of a 2nd, but couldn't find a way through.

The goal also marked an upping in tempo from our visitors who claimed an equaliser in the 89th minute when Cadamarteri found himself free from a Roberts through ball. Cadamarteri calmly slid the ball past Jalal to level the match to ensure a share of the points.

Another 2-points dropped with a late equaliser - not the first time this has happened this season - I can think of 4 games where we've let all three points slip through our fingers. The extra 8-points we could have had would have the Cherries clear at the top of the table by some margin, even if our rivals have 2-3 games in hand at the time of writing.

Man Of The MatchMy man of the match goes to Shaun Cooper for a rock steady performance in the centre of defence.

AFCB: Jalal, Smith, Cooper, Pearce, Wiggins, Feeney, Robinson, Hollands, Pugh, Symes, Ings
Subs: Stewart, Purches, Baudry, Arter, Fletcher (for Symes, 78 mins), Cummings (for Wiggins, 87 mins), Partington (for Robinson, 95 mins)
Andy Burton, Portsmouth