Tuesday, 25 September 2012

James Vaughan Hits Form as Blackpool are Blown Away

Matt GilksJames Vaughan handed Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson the perfect return to his old stomping ground by blowing Blackpool away.

Vaughan netted one and set up another in the 3-1 win as former Seasiders boss Grayson saw his side jump into second spot by ending Blackpool's 100 per cent home record.

Grayson beamed: “I'm delighted to win any game and to beat a team that were looking to go top is pleasing.

“Now our confidence levels are high and we have to keep a lid on it because we don't want to be complacent.”

Huddersfield were helped by Blackpool's disastrous decision to play kamikaze football.

Central defenders Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste were left to fend for themselves as the rest of the team flooded forward looking to repeat the form that brought Blackpool ten goals in their last two games here.

The plan backfired in the 13th minute when Evatt lost out in the air to Vaughan and the frontman's flick flew into Lee Novak's path for the striker to send the Terriers towards three points.

A piece of Thomas Ince magic in the 27th minute brought a leveller as the winger tricked his way into the box and squared for Gary Taylor-Fletcher to prod home.

But Huddersfield bounced back on the stroke of half-time with Oliver Norwood delivering a free-kick that Vaughan powered in with his head.

Norwood secured the win with a goal direct from another set-piece although keeper Matt Gilks (pictured) was at fault for letting the ball fizz past him from a tight angle.

Ian Holloway said: “I think we got what we deserved. They were fully charged up.

“Their game plan, with Keith Southern in there, was to rattle us and get in our faces and it worked.

“Their front two completely outplayed our centre halves. Once they scored the third we might as well have gone home.”

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