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Posted Tue 25 Feb 03 at 23:04 PM


A well executed strike by Mark McCammon in the 56th minute was the all-important difference between the two sides at Griffin Park.

Huddersfield dominated the opening half - with Paul Smith the man the Bees had to thank for parity at the break - Brentford pulled themselves right back after the interval. And oh the difference a goal makes.

McCammon, who like a number of others, had a lot to prove after the disappointing first half display, was a different player after the goal, and in the space of eight minutes could have completed a sensational hat trick.

In the 63rd Stephen Hunt whipped in a fine low cross and "Triple M" dipped in only to see his header cannon off the foot of the left-hand post. Within the minute Hunt knocked the ball back to McCammon on the edge of the area and with next to no back lift he unleashed a terrific shot which smacked against the upright.

The goal which had been the catalyst for the improvement was initiated by one of the stars of the evening Jay Smith. He cleared the ball onto the foot of Rowan Vine just inside his own half. Rowan turned Nat Brown in an instant and sent an excellent ball into the path of the onrunning McCammon who sped past his former Palace teammate Eddie Youlds, and on entering the area, cracked the ball past Phil Senior into the far right hand corner of the net.

Just four minutes prior to the goal Huddersfield had a wonderful chance to have taken the lead themselves. Martin Smith was totally clear with just Paul Smith to beat.

But "our" Smith who was in excellent form throughout, depriving the experienced Andy Booth on a number of first half occasions, stood his ground and eventually won the ball, the pivotal incident of the evening.

The win means that the Bees have picked up six points in the past four days and they now face a period of four home games out of five.

Line-up: Smith (P), Dobson, Fieldwick, Sonko, Somner, Smith (J), Hutchinson, O'Connor, Vine, McCammon, Hunt.

Subs unused: Julian, Peters, Constantine, Evans and Hughes.

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