Football: Huddersfield's magnificent fightback

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Huddersfield Town came back from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with Bradford City in their First Division match at the McAlpine Stadium last night. The visitors took the lead through Chris Waddle after six minutes and further goals by John Dreyer and Robert Steiner put the home side 3-0 down after 38 minutes.

Paul Dalton pulled one back four minutes later and on the verge of half- time Ian Lawson made it 3-2.

Huddersfield carried on where they left off in the second half and Gary Crosby equalised after 48 minutes. Surprisingly, given what had gone on before, that ended the scoring.

West Bromwich Albion will attempt to improve the worst home record in the First Division against Port Vale today with Richard Sneekes urging the crowd to support the manager, Alan Buckley. Supporters demanded his resignation after the last home game, a goalless draw with Bradford City, which was followed by a 4-0 defeat at Portsmouth last weekend.

"The way the fans started calling for Buckley's head after the Bradford game was out of order because he has done everything he can for Albion," Sneekes said. "He can put his work in all week but, once we are out on the pitch, then the responsibility lies with the players and we have let the supporters and the manager down."

Port Vale are to revert to the 4-5-1 system which has brought recent away league wins at Wolves and Huddersfield, with Lee Mills expected to make way for midfielder Stuart Talbot and Tony Naylor a lone striker.

Steve Guppy is expected to have recovered from the back injury suffered in the pre-match warm-up at the Manor Ground, while captain Neil Aspin has shaken off a knee problem.

The Albion-Vale game is one of only three today in the First Division, following the postponement of several fixtures due to international commitments.

Portsmouth will be looking to Lee Bradbury to continue his recent good form as they aim to complete a hat-trick of victories when they visit Oldham. Bradbury, signed from non-league Cowes at the start of last season, is enjoying a run of five goals in seven games.

Portsmouth are set to give a debut to David Hillier, signed from Arsenal, after he shook off a foot injury suffered in a reserve match. He will replace Alan McLoughlin, on duty for the Republic of Ireland, while Fitzroy Simpson is serving a one-match ban.

The Tottenham defender Jason Cundy will try and patch up an injury-ravaged defence as he makes his debut on loan to Ipswich in their home match with Southend.