Huddersfield manager Danny Schofield has claimed a goal-line technology malfunction cost his team a share of the spoils following a narrow 1–0 Championship loss to Blackpool.
The Terriers managed a Theo Corbeanu goal in the 38th minute but were denied an equalizer despite video footage clearly showing Yuta Nakayama’s second-half effort from close range had crossed the line.
Schofield was later told by referee John Bushby that his watch, which was connected to the Hawk-Eye system, did not signal that a goal should have been awarded.
A deflated Schofield said: “I have seen the incident several times from different angles and it is difficult to accept because we feel it was a goal that was not conceded.
“When I went to talk to him at the end. I was very excited and he was pointing to his watch, because he was using the goal line technology, so it’s hard to blame the referee because it was because of the technology and I’m not sure if he can override that. . It would certainly take a brave man to do it.
“We haven’t had the best start to the season and it would have given us at least another point on the board, so it was a great moment and we feel like we’ve been let down. We are fighting for the points and we need these things to be good.”
Schofield added that he believes Aston Villa loan-out Kaine Kesler-Hayden will bounce back from the error that led to Corbeanu’s winning goal after he lost the ball at the halfway line.
The Huddersfield boss added: “Football is built on mistakes. Everybody does them and Kaine is a strong, confident boy who will bounce back from that.”
Commenting on the controversial Nakayama incident, Tangerines manager Michael Appleton said: “I haven’t looked back and I did it on purpose, but I’ve been told that he potentially stepped out of line and that’s not good since his point of view”. view.
“However, I’ve been in the game a long time and I know that this kind of thing can happen.
“They have come against me before and I know the club was on the receiving end of one last season against QPR.
Appleton went on to praise his team’s defensive efforts after switching to a back three for the trip to West Yorkshire.
He added: “We changed our form so that was a new thing for the players because I thought it could help us in transition and rotation and it certainly did, even though we were under a little bit of pressure in the second half – I never felt uncomfortable if I’m honest.
“We knew we would have to defend the crosses, but defending them with three central halves lined up in our small area, we were quite comfortable with that and the threat we had then with Corbeanu, (Ian) Poveda and (Jerry) Yates was really nice.
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