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Huddersfield Town 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Danny Ward double earns Terriers thrilling win


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Danny Ward took his goal tally for the season to three

Danny Ward’s double helped Huddersfield Town end Blackburn Rovers’ five-match unbeaten run after a pulsating second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Alex Vallejo hit a first-time shot into the bottom corner to give Town a deserved half-time lead.

Joe Rothwell’s slaloming 40-yard run teed up Ben Brereton Diaz to level from close range, but Ward’s powerful header quickly restored Town’s lead.

Brereton Diaz stroked in a hotly-disputed penalty, but Ward headed in unmarked to win it late on.

Rovers kicked off as the team in form, unbeaten in five and fresh from a 5-1 rout of Cardiff, while Town’s good start to the season had dipped with three defeats in their last four,

But the hosts bossed much of the first half as Danel Sinani blazed over after just two minutes when found well placed by Thomas, and Lewis O’Brien smacked a fierce drive against the post, before Vallejo’s first Huddersfield goal after good work from Sorba Thomas.

Blackburn, who had scored nine times in their previous four starts, had created little, but responded well and went close shortly before half-time when Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls made a flying save to keep out Brereton Diaz’s header.

Both teams went on the attack and produced a thrilling second half, and Brereton Diaz looked to have rescued a point with an eight-minute brace either side of Ward’s downward header.

Town felt aggrieved by Brereton Diaz’s penalty, for what looked a 50-50 challenge between Naby Sarr and the in-form Chile striker, but salvation came late on as Ollie Turton’s flick gave Ward a free header.

Huddersfield stay seventh but moved level on points with Blackburn, who remain sixth on goal difference.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-4-3

  • 21NichollsBooked at 90mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 32Lees
  • 23SarrBooked at 63mins
  • 5Vallejo MínguezSubstituted forHighat 56′minutes
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forTurtonat 81′minutes
  • 3Toffolo
  • 8O’Brien
  • 24SinaniSubstituted forRuffelsat 88′minutes
  • 25Ward
  • 10KoromaSubstituted forHolmesat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Aarons
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15High
  • 19Holmes
  • 20Turton
  • 22Campbell
  • 42Bilokapic

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forMagloireat 21′minutes
  • 24Carter
  • 5Ayala
  • 3Pickering
  • 27Travis
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 75′minutes
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forClarksonat 79′minutes
  • 21Buckley
  • 22Brereton Díaz
  • 10DolanSubstituted forKhadraat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Khadra
  • 13Pears
  • 14Butterworth
  • 19Clarkson
  • 20Edun
  • 30Poveda-Ocampo
  • 36Magloire

Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

Attendance:
15,283

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