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Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Huddersfield Town: Juninho Bacuna scores again off the bench

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Bradley Dack (left) has now scored six goals in 14 games this season for Blackburn

Juninho Bacuna came off the bench to score for a third successive game as Huddersfield Town battled back to draw at Blackburn Rovers.

The Terriers went in front when Karlan Grant scored from the spot following Elliott Bennett's foul on Adama Diakhaby near the touchline.

Lewis Holtby then tapped in an equaliser after Huddersfield defender Tommy Elphick had given the ball away cheaply, before Bradley Dack completed the turnaround with a sweeping finish from the edge of the box.

But Curacao international Bacuna made it 2-2 after half-time, skipping into the area and slotting past goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Just as he had done in the recent victories over Stoke City and Hull City, the 22-year-old again came on as a second-half substitute to make a goalscoring impact.

Town, who are now unbeaten in four games under manager Danny Cowley, looked the more likely to go on and win the match - and only a last-ditch challenge from Derrick Williams on Grant prevented them from earning all three points.

Blackburn, meanwhile, are without a victory in four games and have not won at Ewood Park since beating Millwall on 14 September.

Having earlier scored his first Rovers goal, former Tottenham midfielder Holtby missed a good chance to make it 3-1 when he dragged wide from inside the area - and he was later made to pay for his miss by Bacuna's smart finish.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray:

"I think after going down so early to a penalty, to perform to the levels we did first half, we have to strive for consistency over 90 minutes.

"Second half, you have to give them credit. They swung the momentum their way. I'm disappointed to lose the second half 1-0 because we could have been out of sight first half, really.

"So frustration is the ultimate feeling of the game. But credit to them, they're on a decent run. If we'd have played them seven games ago, we wouldn't have had to play as well and still won.

"But Dan and his coaching team have given them belief. We're disappointed ultimately."

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley:

"Juninho Bacuna gives us a real impact off the bench - he's got so much to give as a player. He came on again and changed the game.

"He adds that bit of a difference. You want a sexy bench and great options and he fits the bill.

"He has all the tools but sometimes we want him to use the hammer and screwdriver and he uses something else. But it will come good.

"Four unbeaten (in the league) is really pleasing, this was a big challenge for our team against an experienced Blackburn side. It was a real tactical battle but we showed fortitude, determination and application and got a result."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2Nyambe
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 3Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 27TravisBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRothwellat 71'minutes
  • 4Johnson
  • 22HoltbySubstituted forGallagherat 71'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 19DowningSubstituted forEvansat 80'minutes
  • 7Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 8Rothwell
  • 9Gallagher
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 29Evans
  • 37Rankin-Costello
  • 39Buckley

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 17Simpson
  • 4Elphick
  • 26Schindler
  • 28Brown
  • 8ChalobahSubstituted forBacunaat 57'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 78mins
  • 11DiakhabySubstituted forHadergjonajat 86'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 9KachungaBooked at 85mins
  • 16GrantSubstituted forCampbellat 83'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 21Pritchard
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 31Schofield
  • 33Hadergjonaj
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
13,761

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Huddersfield Town 2.

Full Time

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

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Rothwell with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Hadergjonaj replaces Adama Diakhaby.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

Booking

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Fraizer Campbell replaces Karlan Grant.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Elias Kachunga.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Derrick Williams with a cross.

Booking

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Diakhaby.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Bradley Johnson is caught offside.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Huddersfield Town).

goal

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