Pilkington injury mars Town win: Match Review

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A sickening injury suffered by winger Anthony Pilkington spoiled Huddersfield`s 2-1 victory at home to Rochdale.

The winger fell over in his own penalty area following an innocuous looking challenge but sustained what looked to be a badly broken leg.

The game was delayed while Pilkington received treatment before being rushed straight to hospital as nine minutes of stoppage time were added on.

Earlier, Town's Benik Afobe finished neatly from close range when a Jordan Rhodes shot bounced off a Rochdale defender and into his path.

Huddersfield's Gary Roberts produced an exquisite chip out of nothing to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. He was surrounded by three Rochdale players on the edge of the box but managed to find the net from a seemingly impossible position.

Rochdale though nearly grabbed a point. Will Atkinson had already served notice of the visitors" attacking threat by hitting the post from distance in the first half.

Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies produced a brilliant save in the first half to deny Chris O'Grady.

Smithies was beaten in the seventh minute of stoppage time by a Gary Jones shot which took a wicked deflection. Smithies then preserved Town's victory with a brilliant save, tipping over a bullet header from Jean-Louis Akpro in the ninth minute of stoppage time.

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