Grayson eyes permanent Vaughan move

Congleton Guardian: On-loan striker James Vaughan, right, scored Huddersfield's second goal of the match On-loan striker James Vaughan, right, scored Huddersfield's second goal of the match

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson admits he may splash the cash to sign James Vaughan permanently in January after the on-loan striker helped the Terriers to a 3-1 victory at Blackpool to go second in the Championship.

Lee Novak put Grayson's side ahead in the 13th minute only for Gary Taylor-Fletcher to level. However, Vaughan, who joined from Norwich on a season-long loan in August, grabbed Huddersfield's crucial second on the stroke of half-time and Oliver Norwood added a third two minutes after the restart.

The 24-year-old striker's goal was the second of his loan spell and led Grayson, who started his managerial career at Blackpool, to admit: "Signing James in January is a possibility. We've got him on loan until the end of the season anyway so that's an option.

Grayson added: "I've got a chairman who's willing to back me in the transfer market and he's done it previously. There's lots of options for us but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. James Vaughan is rightly flying with confidence. All he needed when we signed him in the summer was games under his belt.

"If he can have an injury-free season, he can be a major acquisition for us because he's strong, powerful and good in the air, and he was a constant threat for us tonight. There's no extra satisfaction for me winning back here - it's just another game.

"I'm obviously delighted we've just beaten a team that could have gone top of the table and everyone was talking about how good they are and what they're going to achieve this year."

Blackpool's equaliser came about after good work by in-form midfielder Thomas Ince but a side who had scored four goals at home to Middlesbrough last time out failed to find their usual rhythm.

Seasiders manager Ian Holloway accepted his team deserved to be on the losing side and pinpointed former Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern as the key to Huddersfield 's success.

"We got what we deserved." he said. "They were completely fully charged for it and didn't seem to mind about what was happening other than where the ball was. Their game plan, with Keith Southern in there, was to rattle us, get in our faces and get the ball off us and to be fair, it worked.

"Well done to their manager and their team and what everyone was going on about beforehand was nonsense - this is the Championship and they're a good team. Hopefully we can dust ourselves down and do better."

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