Huddersfield Town v Blackpool: Build-up, team news and live match updates

Blackpool head to Huddersfield Town for their traditional Boxing Day fixture looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship.
The Seasiders make the short trip to the John Smith's StadiumThe Seasiders make the short trip to the John Smith's Stadium
The Seasiders make the short trip to the John Smith's Stadium

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Huddersfield Town v Blackpool - live updates

Key Events

  • FT: Huddersfield 3-2 Blackpool
  • 2,300 Seasiders to make the trip over the Pennines for traditional Boxing Day fixture
  • One of few games to go ahead amid spread of Covid

And that’s it.

The game flipped on its head after Jordan Gabriel’s foolish red card. The defender will have some explaining to do in the dressing room.

Pool are giving this everything, even throwing Marvin Ekpiteta up front. But it doesn’t look like it will be their day.

Six minutes have been added on.


Blackpool can’t deal with a corner and Sorba Thomas scores for the second time in four minutes to put Huddersfield ahead.

So, so harsh on the Seasiders.

Demetri Mitchell replaces Sonny Carey, who hobbles off with a knock.

Seasiders also allowed to make an extra sub due to the concussion rule.


Sorba Thomas levels for the home side.

There are some tired bodies out there, so this could be a long last 10 minutes or so.

Jordan Rhodes goes down in the Blackpool box looking for a penalty but nothing is doing.

Shayne Lavery replaces Gary Madine, who is given a deserved ovation from the 2,300 away fans.

Another good shift.

Blackpool now have five at the back, with Dujon Sterling and James Husband filling in as wing-backs with a back three of Daniel Gretarsson, Richard Keogh and Marvin Ekpiteta.

Kenny Dougall, Sonny Carey and Keshi Anderson sit in front of them, while the lone striker Gary Madine leads the line.

It’s going to be backs-against-the-wall stuff for the final 20 minutes or so.

Neil Critchley re-shuffles the pack quickly, replacing Josh Bowler and Jerry Yates with Dujon Sterling and Richard Keogh, who gets a few boos from fans of his former club.