Terriers boost play-off hopes with win: Match Review

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Huddersfield improved their play-off prospects as they extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-1 win against an out-of-sorts Carlisle.

Lee Novak's strike seized the initiative for the Terriers after just six minutes and Jordan Rhodes added a second in the 56th minute - his 18th of the season.

Substitute Joe Anyinsah rammed home a shot from 12 yards in added time, but it came too late to save the Cumbrians.

Huddersfield dominated the early exchanges with their pace on the wings causing the Carlisle defence serious problems.

Rhodes served a warning when he flashed a header just past the post from an Anthony Pilkington corner, before the visitors took the lead when Novak chased defender Lee Peltier's speculative long ball and calmly took the ball around goalkeeper Adam Collin for the easiest of tap-ins.

Carlisle were forced to play second fiddle for long spells, although they should have drawn level after 42 minutes. Scott Dobie burst clear, only to be denied by the advancing Alex Smithies. As the ball bounced loose, Darryl Duffy smashed a shot against the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

Huddersfield put a stop to any hopes of a Carlisle revival in the 56th minute when Rhodes stole in at the near post to head home a right-wing corner by Gary Roberts.

Rhodes missed a great chance to put the result beyond doubt in the 74th minute when the visitors broke away with the Carlisle defence caught out of position. However, this time the striker's shot failed to beat Collin, who palmed it away for a corner.

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Darryl Duffy
Gary Roberts
Jordan Rhodes
League One
Huddersfield Town
Anthony Pilkington
Joe Anyinsah
Lee Novak
Carlisle United
Gary Roberts
Adam Collin
Lee Peltier
Scott Dobie

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