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Huddersfield Town 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

Joe Lolley
Joe Lolley scored just his third goal of the season for Huddersfield

Joe Lolley scored a dramatic late equaliser as Huddersfield came from two goals down to draw against Blackburn.

Rudy Gestede put Rovers in front when his shot bounced off Joe Wilkinson and into the net.

Five minutes later, former Town striker Jordan Rhodes' header doubled the lead following another error by Wilkinson.

However, Jacob Butterfield's curling free-kick reduced the deficit before half-time and Lolley's 25-yard strike ensured the points were shared.

With both sides safely secured in mid-table in the Championship, Huddersfield had the best of the early chances, with Simon Eastwood forced into saving Huddersfield defender Mark Hudson's header in the opening seconds before Oscar Gobern and Conor Coady went close.

Rhodes supremacy
Jordan Rhodes became the first Blackburn player since Alan Shearer to score 20 goals in three successive seasons

But defender Wilkinson made two costly errors as the 19-year-old's attempted block of Gestede's shot saw the ball loop up and into the back of his own net, before he then connected with a ball that was heading out of play which allowed Rhodes to score.

Five minutes before half-time Ishmael Miller was fouled by Rovers' Tommy Spurr and Butterfield curled the resultant free-kick into the goal.

Huddersfield were convinced that they had scored an equaliser as Sean Scannell's cross from the left was tapped in by Nahki Wells, only for it to controversially be called offside.

Moments later substitute Lolley fired the ball into into the bottom-right corner.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"Every player in the Championship is for sale. Of course, you don't want to lose them [Gestede and Rhodes] and they are not the finished article yet, they can both improve on certain aspects of their game.

"But they can do the hardest part, which is score goals.

"If I was to lose either of them I would have to find another 20-goal striker and with the transfer embargo we have that might prove challenging."

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"We showed great character to come back. In the end we deserved at least a point if not all three.

"There's a spirit and a feelgood factor around the club right now. After the defeat at Fulham, where we shouldn't have lost, we sat down as a group and the target I set was to go through the last seven matches unbeaten.

"We knew if we did that we would be safe. Even after the Notts Forest game when we were mathematically safe I told the players to be professional. I didn't want anybody to accuse them of clocking off or being on the beach."

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes left Huddersfield in 2012 for a club record £8m having scored 73 goals in 124 appearances
Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede has scored five goals in three matches
Alex Smithies
Huddersfield were looking for their first win over Rovers in 10 matches since 1999

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4HudsonBooked at 79mins
  • 39WilkinsonSubstituted forLolleyat 59'minutes
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Coady
  • 28Gobern
  • 8Butterfield
  • 33Lynch
  • 11MillerSubstituted forVaughanat 75'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 2Edgar
  • 6Hogg
  • 9Vaughan
  • 13Murphy
  • 15M Wallace
  • 18Lolley
  • 30Bunn

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Henley
  • 26LenihanBooked at 53mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 14Olsson
  • 21TaylorSubstituted forCairneyat 64'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forKingat 87'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 39Gestede
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 10Cairney
  • 12Marshall
  • 25Spearing
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
17,056

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Offside, Huddersfield Town. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but James Vaughan is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield following a set piece situation.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Lee Williamson.

  16. Post update

    James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton441312195463-951
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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