Matty Pearson was once again Burnley’s nemesis as his late header saw Huddersfield coming from behind to oust the Premier League side from the FA Cup with a 2–1 win over Turf Moor.
Yearson, whose extra-time goal led Accrington Stanley to a 2016 League Cup win over Burnley, headed for the club’s championship four minutes after Josh Koroma canceled Jay Rodriguez’s first-half goal.
That means the Terriers are in the fourth round for the first time since 2018, while Burnley, threatening Burnley, wonders if it will be a league fixture again next season.
The Clarets were without manager Sean Dyche – absent with Covid-19 – and without a spark against the Terriers, who made seven changes in the side that drew 0-0 with Blackburn last weekend, but who were in the second half. Boss was able to.
It marked the 100th anniversary of Huddersfield’s only FA Cup success – a run that began with a 2–2 draw at Turf Moor – and although a repeat would be beyond a fairy-tale, it was a good start.
Burnley had named a strong looking side, but found themselves on the back foot in the early stages as sloppy play at the back allowed Huddersfield to keep them in the back – even though they were unable to test Nick Pope. Were.
Rodriguez has yet to score in 13 Premier League matches this season, but he has become a Clarets Cup specialist, and he was at the center of every chance the hosts created in the first half.
He had already fired wide once and tested Ryan Scofield with a low shot across the goal before scoring in the 28th minute.
Ashley Westwood’s ball missed Chris Wood, but Rodriguez ran past the goalkeeper in the back of the head – his fifth goal in four Cups this season.
Things got worse for the visitors in the 36th minute when Schofield suffered a major blow in a collision with Wood, when 19-year-old Australian Nicolas Bilokapic took his shoulder off the bench to make his senior debut.
The Huddersfield defense did a good job of making sure they weren’t tested before the break, and instead it was the Terriers who almost equalized in the first-half stoppage time.
Daniel Sinani’s free-kick found John Russell, who made his debut for Summer Signing, but his header came back from the post before captain Jonathan Hogg missed his chance on the rebound and Jordan Rhodes deflected a shot. Seen blocked.
With Huddersfield still on the front foot as the second half began, Burnley was held back as Pippa, making his first start of an injury-hit season, narrowly widened a shot from the edge of the field.
Russell sent a half volley and made a wide turn just before Koroma cut it to the left.
Burnley were too diligent, missing the spark from absent Dwight McNeil and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, and the lack of pace on the side allowing Huddersfield to attack the brakes.
This was finally said in the 74th minute. Matt Laughton was guilty of delivering the ball to midfield and Huddersfield ran away, Koroma turning in a low cross from Sorba Thomas at the away post.
Huddersfield’s tail was up. Moments later Pope was forced to save a fingertip to turn substitute Dwayne Holmes’ header around the post, and Nabi Sir nodded from the resulting corner.
They snatched the lead with four minutes remaining. VAR ruled Ben Mee didn’t use a hand to back the ball, but he didn’t need a penalty to score as Pearson nodded from the resulting corner to send oncoming fans wild.
James Tarkowski, making his 200th Burnley appearance, saw a great opportunity to send it late for extra time, but left Huddersfield to celebrate a fine win.