Date: 30th December 2013 at 1:49pm
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It started so well for the Gloves at the Galpharm on Sunday, some Christmas cheer could’ve been coming our way……then it all went wrong and we ended up being thrashed by Huddersfield.

Danny Ward was the main tormentor, he grabbed himself a couple and set up a couple more as the home side came from behind to thrash us 5-1.

When Ishmael Miller put us ahead on 14-minutes we would’ve wanted the game to end there and then. Huddersfield failed to clear their lines and Miller got in to finish well beyond Alex Smithies, who then made a mistake that could have seen Miller double the lead. He didn’t and that was the turning point.

Huddersfield were level on 23-minutes when Ward created his first goal of the afternoon. The onrushing Adam Clayton met a dangerous ball across the box, he slid the ball home to level it up at one apiece.

The Glovers needed to get to half time level but when the defence switched off Huddersfield made us pay with two goals in three-minutes at the end of the half.

Ward was again the provider as he delivered into the box, similarly to his first, with Martin Paterson given the freedom of the box, with no defender in sight, to put Huddersfield into the lead on 40-minutes. This was soon added to on 43 as Joel Lynch powered home a header from a Adam Hammill corner.

Paul Dickson still had time before the break to try something Beckham-esque as he tried his luck from just inside the Glovers half with a lofted effort, Marek Stech had this covered you feel but it still clipped the top of the bar.

Stech came off at half time with Chris Dunn coming on to replace him between the sticks but it was more of the same in the end.

The Glovers came out and made a good fist of it, Smithies had to make a couple of saves but then Ward, the creator of most for Huddersfield on the day, helped himself to a goal his performance deserved. After making space for himself he riffled in goal number four on 65-minutes, Dunn had no chance.

Minutes later, with 68 played, Ward scored again. He tried his luck from distance again but Dunn should have definitely saved this one. He looked to have denied Ward on this occasion but allowed the ball to squeeze through his grasp and into the net.

It’s a Christmas we’ll want to see the back of and Gary Johnson has called for the players to step it up, he doesn’t want any shrieking violets. The message is clear that if you’re not prepared to fight for the Glovers Championship survival in the second half of the season he doesn’t want you.