Huddersfield rose to the top four in the championship with a comfortable 3-0 win at Blackpool.
Three goals in a devastating 14 minutes in the second half from Josh Koroma, Matty Pearson and Jonathan Hogg stunned the hosts, as the Terriers claimed a fourth victory in five games.
Blackpool, who were arguably the better team in the first half, fell back into the drop zone after securing a first win of the season this weekend.
There was a great vibe inside Bloomfield Road for this Clash of the Roses, but the game itself took a while to light up.
It was Blackpool who had the first chance after eight minutes, but Luke Garbutt succeeded in his free kick attempt from 22 yards.
It was the 20th minute before the next opportunity presented itself, and again it was the hosts who threatened.
This time, Garbutt landed a free kick from the left for Kenny Dougall, but he headed far from the far post.
Carlos Corberan’s Terriers had barely been a threat in the first quarter, and they should have done better when Harry Toffolo nodded from Sorba Thomas.
Clearly backed by Saturday’s first campaign victory over race leader Fulham, Blackpool seemed determined to back that result and a brilliant save from Lee Nicholls thwarted them just after the half hour mark.
Garbutt’s corner drifted towards Dougall 15 yards from goal and his piledriver was beaten superbly by the Huddersfield keeper.
Eight minutes before the break, the hosts moved closer again as Shayne Lavery met Garbutt’s corner at the near post, to head for the side net.
Few would dispute that the Seasiders had enjoyed the best of the first 45 minutes, but there had been no rewards for either side.
The final act of the first period saw Huddersfield’s Danel Sinani see a well-hitting shot deflected from narrowly wide.
The visitors managed to break the deadlock in style three minutes after the restart.
Koroma did the trick, stabilizing and coming home from the edge of the box after encountering Lewis O’Brien’s short pass.
Blackpool nearly responded quickly as Lavery walked over to the top of the net, but it was the visitors who had flown out of the blocks in the second half.
Huddersfield’s lead was doubled in the 54th minute.
Sinani whipped in a vicious corner inswing that was brought to the near post by center-back Pearson.
Just after the hour mark, the Terriers extended their lead. Skipper Hogg made three, shooting home a clinical half volley after Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell was unable to parry Koroma’s initial strike.
With victory now assured, Huddersfield made it through the rest of the match as Blackpool match winner Josh Bowler buckled a late effort just inches from the target.
What the managers said …
from Blackpool Neil critchley: “It’s difficult, because I thought we were the better team in the first half. Watching the game, if anyone looked like it was scoring, it was us. The quality of the championship has was highlighted again tonight, and the quality of the players in this league, our response was good at 1-0, the biggest disappointment was the way we conceded the second goal.
“At 3-0 I scratch my head wondering what was going on because overall we hadn’t done much wrong. People might look at it and think it was a disaster for us, but that’s far from the case. I would put my hands up right away if I thought that was the case. I have absolutely no complaints about the application of my players. could have done better? I’m not so sure. Every game is a learning curve for us, in what is a truly cut-throat division. “
Huddersfield Carlos Corberan: “We changed things a bit in the second half, and it clearly worked. We knew we had to take more risks. The defense was very solid in the second half and in many ways it was a perfect performance. The goal is important for us, but we seemed to be playing a little too complicated in this first half. It was a great second half for us, we dominated it, and a shutout is very important for us too.
“We need that unity, but you also need that quality. If you can find that balance and get it right, then you will get results. I was so happy for Jonathan when he scored his goal. is so important to the team, and an important player in the club. He helps the others around him, and when he plays well, it usually ensures that the whole team is performing very positively. “