Striker Jordan Rhodes scored a hat-trick on his return to former club Huddersfield as Blackburn ended a three-match losing run.

The Scot put the visitors ahead inside four minutes after latching on to Rudy Gestede's flick on, before Adam Hammill equalised.

But a second-half Rhodes header and a Craig Conway shot put Rovers in charge.

Nahki Wells made it 3-2 but Rhodes then grabbed his 20th of the season to seal the win after racing clear.

Rhodes, 24, left Huddersfield in August 2012 for a club record £8m to become Blackburn's most expensive player.

And after three prolific seasons at the Terriers, the Scottish international has been no less impressive for Rovers, who banished memories of recent defeats by Bolton, Burnley and Bournemouth.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer held crisis talks with his players following those results and it clearly had an effect as his side gave themselves an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.

Blackburn were even able to shrug off injuries to Jason Lowe and Gestede on the road to victory, with the latter rushed to hospital as a precaution after being carried off in a head brace following a clash of heads with Town captain Peter Clarke.

Those worries aside, it was a day that belonged to Rhodes, who performed muted celebrations after his goals, perhaps out of respect for his former team.

After his early strike and Hammill's reply, he headed in off a post from Conway's cross after good work by veteran David Dunn.

Blackburn went 3-1 up on 65 minutes thanks to a blunder from goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who let a Conway shot slip through his hands.

Wells then ended a nine-game goal drought with a low, drilled shot.

The hosts could have equalised again when Danny Ward missed an open goal but Rhodes pounced on a slip by Adam Clayton to have the final say.

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer on Jordan Rhodes: "It was an outstanding display of finishing and he has been doing it for a number of years now.

"It was special for him coming back to his old club with all his family and friends here. His finishing was different class.

"We have had a sticky patch and the character and spirit of the players was challenged coming into this game but we have responded well."

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins: "We have gifted them the goals.

"Jordan Rhodes has been on a lean spell but we seem to have forgotten he is no longer a team-mate. I am not being derisory to him because he is a great finisher but we have given him the goals.

"Everybody is saying we are safe but we have to keep on playing and make sure we don't slip up. We talk about wanting to get to the next level but we have to consolidate our position."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill (Bunn - 90' )
  • 03 Dixon
  • 15 Wallace
  • 05 Clarke
  • 27 Smith
  • 08 Clayton
  • 06 Hogg
  • 21 Wells
  • 11 Ward (Vaughan - 68' )
  • 04 Norwood (Scannell - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 07 Scannell
  • 09 Vaughan
  • 10 Gobern
  • 13 Bennett
  • 16 Southern
  • 44 Bunn

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 06 Lowe (Kane - 26' )
  • 03 Spurr
  • 08 Dunn (Taylor - 74' )
  • 16 Keane
  • 04 Kilgallon Booked
  • 29 Evans
  • 17 Williamson
  • 39 Gestede (Varney - 34' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 32 Conway

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 14 Olsson
  • 15 Varney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 22 Feeney
  • 23 Dabo
Ref: Mike Russell
Att: 13,311

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

6 9

Corners

6 4

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 4.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 4.

90:00 +3:59

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +3:01

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

89:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Adam Hammill.

88:56

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Keane.

88:22

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:22

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

87:17

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

82:06

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:06

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

80:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 4. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

79:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:21

Delay in match Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

79:13

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

79:13

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:52

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

76:57

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

76:26

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

75:38 Booking

Booking Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

74:55

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:55

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces David Dunn.

72:22

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

72:22

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:43

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:43

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

70:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 3. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Vaughan with a headed pass.

68:10

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

67:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.

67:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan replaces Daniel Ward.

66:56

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:56

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

64:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 3. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Dunn.

62:41

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

62:41

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:33

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

57:49

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Jonathan Hogg tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

57:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:25

Delay in match Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

55:35

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:35

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

54:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

52:54

Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

51:45

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a headed pass.

50:31

Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

50:27

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a headed pass.

49:47

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Keane.

48:42

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by David Dunn.

45:00

Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 +9:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 +8:30

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

45:00 +7:11

Foul by Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +7:11

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +6:38

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

45:00 +6:03

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +6:03

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:18

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

45:00 +3:18

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:08

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:09

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

45:00 +1:07

Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:40

Delay in match Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

42:33

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Dunn.

41:43

Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

41:28

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

41:26

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

41:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

40:30

Dangerous play by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

40:30

Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:11

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

36:53

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

35:53

Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:53

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

33:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede because of an injury.

33:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:34

Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

26:13

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:13

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

25:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Todd Kane replaces Jason Lowe because of an injury.

24:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton following a set piece situation.

23:49

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:49

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

22:05

Attempt missed. Peter Clarke (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

21:36

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.

20:31

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

20:31

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:14

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

17:46

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

15:47

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

15:14

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

13:32

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

12:44

David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:44

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

12:01

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

12:01

Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:04

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:57

Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:57

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

7:48

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:48

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

3:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

1:42

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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