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Match Report : 27/09/2013

27 September 2013

Report: Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1

Just like Boxing Day last year Blackpool came away from the John Smith's Stadium with a 1-1 draw after Ricardo Fuller's first-half strike was cancelled out by James Vaughan's well hit shot after the break.

Angel Martinez saw red with seven minutes of normal time remaining for a second bookable offence and in the same incident conceded a penalty that Vaughan hit the bar with.

Neal Bishop was back in the starting line-up after recovering from illness, although he was originally only meant to be on the bench, but Isaiah Osbourne was the unfortunate one this week falling ill moments before the teams were announced.

The first ten minutes pass without event, but Paul Ince will have been pleased as it was an opening period in which The Seasiders dominated possession, knocking the ball around with confidence.

The first half-chance of the game fell to the Championship's top scorer James Vaughan but his shot flew wide of Matt Gilks' left hand post.

Moments later a cross from Kirk Broadfoot found Chris Basham at the back post whose header back across the face of the six-yard box evaded everyone.

After 27 minutes Blackpool deservedly took the lead through Fuller after he rounded the keeper before showing great calmness to walk by another defender and tap the ball in.

GOAL: Huddersfield 0-1 BLACKPOOL

The assist for the goal came from Broadfoot who nodded the ball into the path of the Jamaican in an advanced position down the right flank.

Paul Ince's side continued to dominate proceedings, not allowing the home side much space to pass their way out and they often dispossessed The Terriers in their own half.

Vaughan had the ball in the net with a minute of the half remaining, but he was flagged offside by the assistant referee.


Mark Robins brought on Sean Scannell at the interval in place of Jonathan Hogg to offer some more pace down the flanks.

Huddersfield started the second period with more purpose than they did in the first but the first real chance fell to The Seasiders on the hour-mark when Craig Cathcart met Ince's outswinging corner, but he couldn't keep it down and it flew just over.

Less than a couple of minutes later The Terriers equalised through a well hit strike from Vauaghan after being played through by Scannell. Gilks got a hand to it but couldn't keep the shot out.


Just as Blackpool were enjoying plenty of possession in the first 45 minutes, Huddersfield were doing so in the second, although they weren't threatening the goal on too many occasions.

Nathan Delfouneso and Nathan Tyson both came on as The Seasiders looked to hit their hosts with some pace of their own.

Basham had a great chance to find a tangerine shirt with around 11 minutes to go after his marker slipped, but he completely miss-hit his cross and Huddersfield survived.

Shortly after Delfouneso picked the ball up in a deep position, marauded towards the edge of the area and let fly with a rasping drive that Smithies did well to turn over for a corner, which sparked a crazy couple of minutes of football.

From the resulting dead ball Fuller's bullet header was well saved by Smithies low down at his near post.

Huddersfield broke up the other end immediately and won a penalty when Angel Martinez was adjudged to have brought down the Town striker. The Spaniard picked up his second yellow card for the foul and was given his marching orders.

The crazy two minutes weren't over and after a long wait Vaughan stepped up and smashed his penalty against the crossbar.

Ince had a chance to win for Pool when he pounced on a slack pass from Huddersfield, but he lost his footing at the all important moment.

Blackpool saw out the game without any problems, meaning an eventful game ended honours even.


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