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Blackpool 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Ricardo Fuller scores as Blackpool beat Huddersfield

Ricardo Fuller's early goal gave Blackpool successive home wins and extended Huddersfield's winless run to four matches.

Veteran striker Fuller, 34, shot beyond visiting goalkeeper Alex Smithies after David Perkins had won possession in midfield.

Nahki Wells had a goal disallowed for Huddersfield, while James Vaughan headed wide.

But Blackpool held firm to earn only their second win in 21 games.

It took just four minutes for the home side to open the scoring as Perkins stole possession from former Seasiders midfielder Keith Southern and fed Fuller, who outpaced defender Anthony Gerrard to fire home.

The goal gave Blackpool confidence and they almost added a second soon after when David Goodwillie set up Gary MacKenzie, but the defender could not find the net.

Huddersfield finally regained their composure and should have done better when Adam Hammill broke down the right and sent a cross into the area, but the ball just evaded Vaughan.

The visitors started to take control of possession in the second half but clear-cut chances were still hard to come by.

Oliver Norwood had a shot blocked, while Wells had the ball in the back of the net when he fired in the rebound from Clayton's shot but was flagged offside.

However, as Huddersfield pushed, they left gaps at the back and Blackpool almost capitalised when substitute Andy Keogh's long-range effort late on was pushed away by Smithies.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson:

"It wasn't a great game to watch but at this stage of the season it is all about getting three points and we did that with hard work.

"We are still in a place in the league that I don't want to be.

"I'm not going to take my foot off the gas because we have simply won a couple of home games."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"Things will improve, there is no doubt about it, but it will take a little bit of time and a bit of work.

"We have got nine games to go and if we don't pick up points we are certainly going to be lower in the league than we want to be.

"Motivation shouldn't be an issue and I don't necessarily think it is an issue."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahon
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 6BroadfootSubstituted forFoleyat 31'minutes
  • 3Robinson
  • 20Cathcart
  • 17Basham
  • 4Perkins
  • 39GrandinSubstituted forBishopat 67'minutes
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 19FullerSubstituted forKeoghat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 14Halliday
  • 15Haroun
  • 18Osbourne
  • 24Keogh
  • 31Martinez Cervera
  • 40Foley

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 5Clarke
  • 39GerrardBooked at 69mins
  • 15WallaceSubstituted forWoodsat 38'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 12Hammill
  • 16SouthernSubstituted forWardat 80'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 61mins
  • 6HoggSubstituted forNorwoodat 45'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 9Vaughan
  • 21WellsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 4Norwood
  • 7Scannell
  • 11Ward
  • 13Bennett
  • 38Holmes
  • 44Bunn
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
14,624

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Keogh with a headed pass.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town).

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town).

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Andy Keogh replaces Ricardo Fuller.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Ward replaces Keith Southern.

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Attempt blocked. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Calum Woods (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Booking

Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

David Goodwillie (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Neal Bishop replaces Elliot Grandin.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

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