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Burnley 1-2 Huddsf’ld

Matty Pearson was Burnley’s archenemy again when Huddersfield came back from behind after his late header to knock out the FA Cup Premier League side with a 2-1 win at Turf Moor.

Pearson; whose overtime goal led Accrington Stanley to win the League Cup against Burnley in 2016; headed for the championship club four minutes from time after Josh Koroma canceled Jay Rodriguez’s goal in the first half.

This means that the Terriers are back in the fourth round for the first time since 2018; while Burnley; threatened with relegation; wonders whether there will be another championship game next season.

The Clarets were without coach Sean Dyche – missing with Covid-19 – and without a spark against the Terriers; who made seven changes to the squad that drew 0-0 with Blackburn last weekend but were able to lead the second half.

This marks the 100th anniversary of Huddersfield’s one and only FA Cup win – a streak that started with a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor – and while a repeat wouldn’t be a fairy tale; it was a good start.

Josh Koroma (center) of Huddersfield Town equalized

Burnley had named a strong looking team but found themselves on their hindfoot early on as Huddersfield’s sloppy play from behind made it possible to keep them in place – though they couldn’t test Nick Pope.

Rodriguez has yet to score in 13 Premier League games this season but has become a Clarets Cup specialist and has been the focus of every opportunity the hosts created in the first half.

He’d already shot into goal once and tested Ryan Schofield with a low shot into goal before scoring in the 28th minute.

Ashley Westwood’s ball missed Chris Wood; but Rodriguez ran after to get past the goalkeeper – his fifth goal in four Cup games this season.

Burnley 1-2 Huddsf’ld
Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez celebrates first goal with Phil Bardsley and Ashley Westwood

Things got worse for the visitors in the 36th minute when Schofield suffered a heavy blow in a collision with Wood that was shouldered when 19-year-old Australian Nicholas Bilokapic came off the bench to make his debut in the A national team to give.

The Huddersfield defense did a good job making sure he wasn’t tested before the break and instead it was the Terriers who nearly equalized in the first half.

Danel Sinani’s free kick hit the summer’s new signing Jon Russell; who shot his first shot; but his header came back off the post before captain Jonathan Hogg missed his chance on the rebound and Jordan Rhodes saw a shot blocked.

Huddersfield was still in the limelight early in the second half; keeping Burnley stranded when Pipa; who started for the first time in an injury season; shot a shot from the edge of the narrow zone.

Russell sent a half volley before Koroma paused from the left to fold a right volley.

Burnley was too busy; missing the spark from absent Dwight McNeil and Johann Berg Gudmundsson; and the team’s lack of pace allowed Huddersfield to attack at break.

In the 74th minute it was finally said. Matt Lowton was guilty of putting the ball into midfield and Huddersfield fled; Koroma converting into Sorba Thomas’ low cross at the far post.

Jay Rodriguez (center) and Matty Pearson from Huddersfield Town (right)
Burnley let slip a 1-0 lead over his championship opponents

Huddersfield’s tails were up. Moments later; Pope had to save his fingertip to spin substitute Dwayne Holmes’ header around the post; and Naby Sarr then nodded at the resulting corner.

They took the lead four minutes before the end. The VAR ruled that Ben Mee hadn’t used his hand to bring the ball back behind him; but they didn’t need a penalty kick to score as Pearson nodded from the resulting corner to drive the visiting fans insane.

James Tarkowski; who made his 200th appearance at Burnley; had the glorious chance to send him late into overtime but went to Huddersfield to celebrate a nice win.

And then?

Burnley will host Leicester in the Premier League at 3 p.m. on Saturday; while Huddersfield will also host Swansea in the league.

When does the FA Cup fourth round draw take place?

The FA Cup fourth round draw will take place on Sunday 9th January after the clash between West Ham and Leeds in the London Stadium at around 4:50 p.m.

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