Huddersfield Town 1 - 1 Blackpool

Match info: Championship at The John Smith's Stadium

Date: 26/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: N Miller Att: 16,832

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Anthony Gerrard 66



Nathan Delfouneso 90+3

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: December 26 2012, 18:28 GMT

Michael Appleton insists one of Blackpool's npower Championship rivals are set to "take a tonking" after his side spurned a host of opportunities in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

Appleton: Predicting a big win soon
Appleton: Predicting a big win soon

The Seasiders dominated their hosts for over an hour on a wet afternoon in West Yorkshire, only to then fall behind to Anthony Gerrard's first goal for the Terriers.

Substitute Nathan Delfouneso converted Tom Ince's cross in stoppage time to rescue a point, but Appleton was adamant his side should have been travelling back to Lancashire with all three after carving the opposition back four open on numerous occasions in a one-sided first half.

"When you've get a set of players like we have who are very creative, good footballers, good technique, eventually I do believe someone will take a tonking," said Appleton, who insists he is still unaware of any proposed January switch to Liverpool for star winger Ince.

"I'm not sure who, where or when, but someone's going to take an absolute tonking off us."

When asked whether it should have been three points instead of one Appleton added: "I think that's the biggest understatement anyone's ever said to me after a game.

"I said to the players, 'don't enjoy the game until we're in front', because it was almost too easy at times we were playing so well.

"A lapse of concentration, a free header from a set play, and you're up against it for a while because they've got their backs up and something to hold on to."

The tone for the opening half was set in the opening two minutes when Gary Taylor-Fletcher fluffed two glorious openings against his former employers.

First a Chris Basham through-ball was lashed over the bar with just 30 seconds on the clock, then Wes Thomas' cross from the left was headed wide by the unmarked veteran forward from just six yards out.

Isaiah Osbourne and Alex Baptiste also missed clear-cut chances and when Ince finally got the better of home goalkeeper Alex Smithies, full-back Calum Woods was on hand to hack his effort off the line.

Appleton added: "Friday night against Wolves it was very similar - we've created about 40 chances in two games and scored two goals which is obviously not good enough.

"If we continue creating the chances I'm sure that ratio will improve. Your attacking players have to take responsibility.

"We've just been punished for a lapse in concentration. It's okay expecting defenders to clear their lines but if you create as many chances as we do then I think the finger can be pointed the other way."

The Terriers have now gone eight games without a win, but manager Simon Grayson was relieved to escape with a draw despite leading going into stoppage time.

"I certainly would have taken a point after the first 45 minutes," he said. "We never got out of the traps and Blackpool could have been out of sight by half-time.

"When you get 1-0 up into injury time you think 'we'll take the result, not the performance', and if we'd got three points it would have only papered over the cracks of how poor we were in the first half. To get a point out of that first-half performance is the only positive really."

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