Corbeanu strike hands Blackpool important 1-0 win at Huddersfield to leave hosts in bottom three

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Blackpool: Theo Corbeanu’s strike hands visitors an important win… as the hosts are furious after claiming a glitch with goal-line technology cost them an equalizer

  • Theo Corbeanu’s first-half winner gave Blackpool their third win of the season
  • Huddersfield thought they would score an equalizer but goal-line tech said the ball did not cross the line
  • The Terriers are 23rd and winless in their last four league games
  • Blackpool move up mid-table to record second away win this season

Huddersfield boss Danny Schofield became furious after an apparent failure of the goal-decision system cost his side a vital equalizer yesterday.

The Terriers remain second in the Championship after referee John Busby waved play on as Yuta Nakayama celebrated after believing he had scored just after the hour mark.

Nakayama had powered a header and when Danny Grimshaw saved, managed to squeeze the ball between the goalkeeper and his post and over the line. Grimshaw reacted quickly to smother the ball and quickly held it in play. After consulting his wristwatch linked to the Hawk-Eye system used on all Championship grounds, the blind official did not give away the goal .

Theo Corbeanu celebrates Blackpool’s first-half winner’s goal at Huddersfield on Sunday

Yuta Nakayama thought he had equalized but his shot was ruled not to have crossed the line

Yuta Nakayama thought he had equalized but his shot was ruled not to have crossed the line

The move meant Theo Corbeanu’s goal gave Blackpool victory and left Huddersfield with just one win from their first seven games.

“I’ve seen it a number of times, stills and different angles and it’s hard to take because we think it was a goal that was never allowed,” Schofield said.

“He points to his watch and says he was coming out of goal line technology. It’s very difficult to put the blame on the referee, it’s because of the technology and we feel that the system has let us down.

“We haven’t had the best start to the season in terms of points on the board and it was a great moment to get more points, so we feel frustrated and disappointed.”

Blackpool midfielder Dominic Thompson battles with Huddersfield striker Tino Anjorin

Blackpool midfielder Dominic Thompson battles with Huddersfield striker Tino Anjorin

Michael Appleton's Blackpool side climbed into the first half of the Championship

Michael Appleton’s Blackpool side climbed into the first half of the Championship

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton was delighted with the fluke but said he avoided watching replays of the incident after being told it probably should have been a goal.

“I’ve been told it’s potentially overkill and if so, it’s not great from their perspective,” he said.

“We had a similar one last year at QPR. There were a lot of players who played that day and who played today.

Danny Schofield's side are in the bottom three after a disappointing start to the season

Danny Schofield’s side are in the bottom three after a disappointing start to the season

“It’s easy to forget what happened to this football club, so I’m not going to worry too much that something finally happened our way.”

Corbeanu was on hand to strike the winner in the 38th minute after a bad mistake from Kaine Kesler-Hayden cleared Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel.

He squared Ian Poveda and when his shot bounced off the post, Corbeanu pounced.

MATCH FACTS

Hudderfield (3-4-3): Nicholas; Lees, Hogg (Ruffels 56), Turton; Kesler (Jones 56), Russell (Camara 81), Rudoni, Nakayama; Anjorin (Holmes 73), Ward (Rhodes 81), Thomas

Administrator: Danny Schofield

Blackpool (3-4-3): Grimshaw; Williams (husband 68), Ekpiteta, Thorniley; Gabriel, Dougall, Connolly, Thompson; Poveda (Lavery 75), Yates, Corbeanu (Hamilton 76)

Scorer: Ravenu

Reserve: Connolly, Williams, Yates

Administrator: Michael Appleton

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