Huddersfield Town 2-0 Blackpool

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 14/01/2006
Teenage sensation Tom Clarke sparked Huddersfield Town to break their sad run of eight games in League One without a win.Huddersfield Town 2-0 Blackpool
18 year old Tom Clarke scored his first senior goal and Danny Schofield wrapped up all three points in the second half.

Town?s win over relegation haunted Blackpool wasn?t as clear cut as their performance said but it lifted Town back in to third place in League One and hopefully the players spirits.
It was without cost as Martin McIntosh went off before half time with a suspected groin strain so too was Andy Booth who was subbed at the half time interval and Pawel Abbott?s fifth booking of the season means he will miss next Saturday?s crunch match with Brentford at Griffin Park.

Andy Booth was back in the starting line up with Taylor-Fletcher on the bench, Dan Smith, the loan signing from Sunderland was also on the bench. Tom Clarke kept his midfield spot along side Jon Worthington.
Blackpool has new signings Marc Joseph, Dean Gordon and ex-Leeds United winger Jason Wilcox all in the starting line up.

Town started off brightly, Danny Schofield having a free kick saved by Seasiders? keeper Lee Jones, Blackpool gifted Town too much time on the ball we?ve seen many of teams down at the Galpharm closing Town down at every opportunity and Town created a chance that Abbott squanded.
Abbott was sent through clear on goal put his poor first touch took the ball too far ahead of him and Jones collected the ball comfortably.

Then Chris Brandon on 8 minutes jinxed his way into the box, but instead of squaring the ball back he had a shot from a tight angle that was poked wide for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Schofield pinged the ball into the centre on the box and there alert was youngster Tom Clarke clipping a shot into the net beating keeper Lee Jones to put Town ahead.

The Seasiders showed they couldn?t be underestimated proving threatening on the break, though Town dominated the game.
Butler was close to putting through his own goals from Schofield?s shot, Jones denied Tom Clarke and Abbott was unfortunate when his stinging volley struck a defender to bounce clear.

Rachubka pulled off a smart save minutes later after Town went ahead. Parker raced into the penalty area but his low, hard shot was tipped wide by the diving Rachubka.
Then Blackpool?s big striker John Murphy brought a smart save again from Rachubka, a cross from the right wing found the head of Murphy, the ball was looking to head into the top corner when the Town keeper leaped into the air to smartly tip the ball over the bar to keep Town ahead.

Town were having the possession but after Tom Clarke had put Town ahead it almost sprung Blackpool into life as they started to get stuck in and close the midfield down but they had a lack of conviction which meant Town were always going to win this if they weren?t caught out on the break.

Tom Clarke was impressive in the new midfield slot getting forward at every opportunity in which manager Peter Jackson might have found a new gem in the youngster.
Town couldn?t get the killer goal but defender Martin McIntosh limped off in 39 minutes to be replaced by David Mirfin.

Half time arrived with Town in the lead.

Second half:

A substitution at half time saw Gary Taylor-Fletcher replacing Andy Booth and straight from the off Taylor-Fletcher ran at Blackpool players.
Taylor-Fletcher tricked his way from the right into the penalty area and danced around the Blackpool defenders before squandering his shot wide.

Minutes later he was at it again, With Abbott screaming for the ball and free in space, Taylor-Fletcher tricked his way round the Blackpool defenders but instead of passing to the unmarked Abbott, he drove his shot wide past the post from six yards out when it seemed easier to score.

A scuffle between Town players and Blackpool players saw Abbott booked on 50 minutes which was his fifth yellow card of the season and meant a suspension for the Town striker.

Schofield fired wide following good work by Tom Clarke as Town bombarded the Blackpool defence but Town?s pressure didn?t pay off till the 73rd minute.

Worthington raced into the penalty area and was brought down by Marc Joseph with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Danny Schofield stepped up but keeper Jones guessed the right way but Schofield was on hand to knock in the rebound to put Town in a two-goal cushion.

With the full time whistle looming, Town still had chances but Abbott and Worthington wasted them and with five minutes left Jackson sent on the new loan signing Dan Smith in place of Danny Schofield for a run out.

The Town fans cheered as the referee blew the final whistle, Town fans just happy to get the three points.

Sean?s Star Man- Tom Clarke- Outstanding in the new midfield role.

Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, N Clarke, McIntosh (Mirfin 39), Adams, Brandon, Worthington, T Clarke, Schofield (Smith 85), Booth (Taylor-Fletcher 45).
Subs not used: Senior, Collins.

Blackpool: Jones, Joseph, Butler (Warrender 54), P Clarke, Gordon, Gobern (Vernon 72), Wilcox, Southern, Morris (Donnelly 45), Parker, Murphy.
Subs not used: Pogliacomi, Wiles

Attendance: 11,977

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