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Huddersfield Town 2-4 Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes

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."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 12HammillSubstituted forBunnat 90'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 15Wallace
  • 5P Clarke
  • 27Smith
  • 8Clayton
  • 6Hogg
  • 21Wells
  • 11D WardSubstituted forVaughanat 68'minutes
  • 4NorwoodSubstituted forScannellat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 9Vaughan
  • 10Gobern
  • 13Bennett
  • 16Southern
  • 44Bunn

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 6LoweSubstituted forKaneat 26'minutes
  • 3Spurr
  • 8DunnSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
  • 16Keane
  • 4KilgallonBooked at 76mins
  • 29Evans
  • 17Williamson
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 34'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 32Conway

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
  • 23Dabo
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
13,311

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 4.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Adam Hammill.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael Keane.

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

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

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.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces David Dunn.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

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.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan replaces Daniel Ward.

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

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

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.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town).

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

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.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3525553580
2Burnley36201332873
3Derby3618991763
4QPR3518981563
5Wigan34177101458
6Nottm Forest36141571457
7Reading361511101556
8Brighton35151191156
9Ipswich36131211451
10Blackburn35131012-149
11Watford351212111148
12Bournemouth35121013-746
13Middlesbrough36101511645
14Leeds3512815-344
15Huddersfield3612816-344
16Sheff Wed35101213142
17Bolton3691314-640
18Blackpool3691116-2138
19Birmingham3691017-837
20Doncaster3691017-2237
21Millwall3671118-3032
22Charlton3261115-1729
23Yeovil357820-2229
24Barnsley3561118-3129
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