Sorba Thomas’ brace brought Huddersfield into the playoff positions of the Sky Bet Championship after a thrilling 3-2 win over 10 players from Blackpool.
The former Boreham Wood winger scored twice in four minutes after Jordan Gabriel’s red card shortly after the hour marked the game’s turning point.
Blackpool were leading 2-1 when Gabriel was sent off after strikers Jerry Yates and Gary Madine had scored both sides of Danny Ward’s equalizer, but could not withstand intense home pressure.
Prior to this match, the Seasiders ‘first away goal all season had been scored in the 42nd minute, but Neil Critchley’s men took only 45 seconds to take the lead in this game after Tom Lees’ bad ball outside the defense she was intercepted near Josh Bowler’s half way line. He released Yates through the right channel and the former Rotherham striker fired through the goal in the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The Terriers were leveled in the third minute when Naby Sarr sent Harry Toffolo down the left flank and his cross was met by a header from Ward that found Daniel Grimshaw’s top right corner from 12 yards.
Blackpool didn’t let the equalizer stop, however, with Madine scoring 2-1 in the 18th minute when he headed on the post to Lee Nicholls’ right after Keshi Anderson rode a challenge from Sarr and sent a cross. just outside the penalty area.
At the other end, a stretched Ward couldn’t get his boot for Lewis O’Brien’s drag shot on goal mirror while an unbalanced Duane Holmes sadly cut off target from close to the spot.
But Anderson was just as wasteful at the half hour for the guests when he drove wide a free header after Yates escaped Sarr’s attentions and crossed from the right.
Gabriel then approached, going to the side as the home fans yelled to stop the game with Lees on the ground after being caught by Madine’s arm. The defender received nine minutes of medical treatment before being replaced with a head injury.
After half-time, Gabriel was ordered to march when he unnecessarily raided O’Brien from the right flank to receive a second yellow card, after his name had previously been taken for a first-half foul on Holmes. .
Moments later, substitute Jordan Rhodes thought he had equalized, but his powerful header from Thomas’ cross was nullified by an offside flag.
But the pair continued to combine again with greater success in the 80th minute when Thomas, drifting off the right flank, swapped passes first with Aaron Rowe and then with Rhodes before overtaking Blackpool skipper Marvin Ekpiteta and beating Grimshaw. from seven yards.
Thomas then scored again four minutes later when he fired from 15 yards after goalkeeper Grimshaw, Ekpiteta and Kenny Dougall had failed in trying to clear the danger after O’Brien’s right corner.
What the managers said …
by Huddersfield Carlos Corberan: “We knew before the game that we would need a lot of collective spirit to be courageous and attack. It is the second consecutive time we have suffered from the opponent’s first action, but we showed a reaction to the goal, scoring from a nice cross and a great nice header that allowed us to manage the game, it was important to score quickly.
“We also had to deal with their counter attacks better, but we started making them defend more and prevent them from countering in the second half. This allowed us to be more aggressive, but it wasn’t easy to attack against so many players. We needed individual quality and quality. that’s what we achieved with our goals. “
of Blackpool Neil Critchley: “I thought we were going to be the best team up to [the red card]. The players gave their all and they gave their all until the end of the game.
“We had a difficult situation with players playing out of position and I think we deserved more in today’s game.”