Blackpool 2 – 2 Huddsf’ld

A late equalizer from Josh Bowler earned Blackpool 10 what could prove a vital point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with fellow Championship contenders Huddersfield.

Bowler surged in the 90th minute to add to Andy Lyons’ effort and nullify goals from Matty Pearson and Josh Koroma, ensuring he finished honors even in a bloody encounter at Bloomfield Road.

The draw means there are now 12 games without a Championship win for Mick McCarthy’s men, who at least ended a two-game losing streak to remain 23rd in the table while the Terriers are 22nd.

The visitors got the better of the early exchanges, with the first real opener coming in the 18th minute when Martyn Waghorn’s effort was well stopped by Chris Maxwell in the Blackpool goal.

Just three minutes later, it was Jonathan Hogg’s turn to close in on Town, firing past the left post from a set piece.

It took the home side some time to develop into the game, who responded with the efforts of Jerry Yates and Sonny Carey as they looked to knock their opponents down the counter.

But it was the Terriers whose dominance was finally rewarded when Pearson pushed the ball home after Blackpool failed to eliminate danger at the edge of their own area.

The Tangerines rallied in the closing stages of the first half with Carey and Curtis Nelson both having opportunities to level.

Their job was made even more difficult seconds before the break, however, when Gary Madine was shown a red card for what appeared to be an elbow on Tom Lees.

A goal for good and with a player advantage, the Terriers looked to assert their dominance after the break and could have extended their lead with David Kasumu and Waghorn both missing good chances.

Scott High and Lees also had the chance to double the visitors’ lead while Kenny Dougall launched his effort high and wide after a rare exit in the opposing half by the home side.

And the visitors were forced to regret their missed chances when Lyon found the bottom corner with a clever effort with the outside of their boot on the right side of the box in the 82nd minute.

Huddersfield appeared to have snatched all three points when Koroma brought the ball home from the edge of the box with four minutes on the clock to send the traveling Town fans into overdrive.

But as the home side watched a third successive loss in the face, Bowler appeared to force the ball home from close range and hand Mick McCarthy his first point as Blackpool manager on his 64th birthday .

Sky Sports

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