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19 October 2019 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Rovers v Huddersfield Town

A look ahead to this weekend's big game against The Terriers at Ewood Park

18 October 2019

Rovers return to Ewood Park following almost three weeks without a home game, with Huddersfield Town the visitors for the Championship encounter.

Following relegation from the Premier League last term, The Terriers initially struggled at the beginning of this campaign, but have picked up in recent weeks following the appointment of Danny Cowley as boss.

Cowley, alongside brother and assistant manager Nicky, arrived at The John Smith's Stadium last month after a compensation package was agreed with League One side Lincoln City.

The Yorkshiremen arrive at Ewood on the back of a three-game unbeaten run, which includes back-to-back victories at Stoke City and at home to Hull City, keeping clean sheets in both matches.

The recent record between the two sides has seen five draws from the last six clashes, with Rovers looking to bounce back from the defeat to Queens Park Rangers before the international break.

Tony Mowbray will be without defensive duo Darragh Lenihan and Greg Cunningham through injury, with the latter expected to be out for the rest of the campaign due to a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.

Lenihan will be back sooner than his Irish compatriot, but will be missing for a number of weeks.

That means that Tosin Adarabioyo is likely to step in at the heart of the Rovers defence, with Amari'i Bell expected to take Cunningham's vacant left back slot.

Bell could make his 50th start in blue-and-white since arriving from Fleetwood Town in January 2018, whilst Stewart Downing could appear in the league for the 550th time of his career.

Ahead of the game, Cowley is anticipating a 'really tough game' against Mowbray's men.

"We've been working over the last couple of weeks on our organisation both in and out of possession," the Town boss said to Huddersfield's official YouTube channel.

"Rovers are a really good team. Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus (assistant manager) have done a really good job there over a prolonged period of time.

"They've been together so long and have developed a really good squad with quality and depth and with good characters.

"They have the ability to go quick if they want to to Danny Graham or Sam Gallagher. They have good players who can break the lines and carry threats," he added.

"We're anticipating a really tough game when Saturday comes around."

A reminder that kick-off tomorrow is at the earlier time of 12.30pm and you can track all the action with an audio pass on iFollow Rovers and our social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers 2-2 Huddersfield Town

Holtby and Dack get on the scoresheet, but Rovers are forced to earn a share of the spoils against The Terriers

19 October 2019

For the sixth time in the last seven meetings between the two sides, Rovers and Huddersfield played out a draw.

The entertaining lunchtime clash saw Rovers go behind to Karlan Grant's penalty before finding a routeto go ahead through Lewis Holtby's first goal for the club and Bradley Dack's stunner.

But Danny Cowley's side mustered an equaliser midway through the second half thanks to substitute Juninho Bacuna, whose effort trickled past Christian Walton.

Rovers probably deserved to win the game, particularly after a stellar first half display, but in the end both teams had to make do with a share of the spoils at Ewood Park.

Tony Mowbray made five changes to his team for the clash against The Terriers, with Ryan Nyambe, Tosin Adarabioyo, Lewis Travis, Bradley Johnson and Holtby all coming in.

There were first league starts of the season for Nyambe and Holtby, with Darragh Lenihan, Greg Cunningham and Amari'i Bell all missing out on making the squad due to knee injuries.

Town included former Rovers loanee Danny Simpson in their starting XI, which was unchanged from their last outing against Hull City before the international break.

The chances for both sides were few and far between in the early stages, but it was Huddersfield who took the lead 12 minutes into the contest from the spot.

Elliott Bennett was adjudged to have brought down Adama Diakhaby and top scorer Grant stepped up to send Walton the wrong way and bag his seventh of the season.

Rovers looked for a quickfire response and it arrived on the 20 minute mark through Holtby, who marked his first league start with a simple finish.

After Adam Armstrong cut out Tommy Elphick's pass, he found Dack who set up Holtby to easily slot into an empty net from six yards out.

Holtby should have bagged his and Rovers' second of the afternoon on the half hour mark, but afer Johnson's excellently disguised ball, the German slipped an inch past Kamil Grabara's left-hand post.

But a moment later Rovers did turn the score around through Dack's sixth of the season. Holtby was involved again, setting up his fellow playmaker to whip a low strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

That meant Rovers went into the break with a deserved advantage against a Town side who hadn't offered much going forward.

A third Rovers goal almost arrived soon after the interval, but Armstrong's cross-shot just evaded Dack at the back post before Jaden Brown headed an inviting Stewart Downing cross just inches over his own upright.

Town were searching for an equaliser and substitute Juninho Bacuna sent a strike wide on the hour just a minute of two after entering the action.

But with his next chance Bacuna did manage to find a way to level the score. He bundled his way past a couple of challenges before scrambling the ball beyond the despairing dive of Walton.

Bacuna was a nuisance and a block from Derrick Williams almost looped over Walton, but it beat the bar as well as the Rovers goalkeeper and the score remained the same.

The hosts struggled to get going after the equaliser, and despite some encouraging signs Mowbray's men couldn't convert the display into three points.

Rovers: Walton, Bennett (c), Adarabioyo, Nyambe, Williams, Downing (Evans, 80), Travis (Rothwell, 71), Johnson, Holtby (Gallagher, 71), Dack, Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Graham, Rankin-Costello, Buckley.

Goals: Holtby, 20, Dack, 32.

Booked: Travis, 45.

Huddersfield Town: Grabara, Elphick, Hogg, Chalobah (Bacuna, 57), Kachunga, Diakhaby (Hadergjonaj, 86), Grant (Campbell, 83), Simpson, Schindler (c), Brown, O'Brien.

Unused substitutes: Schofield, Pritchard, Mounie, Stankovic.

Goals: Grant pen, 12, Bacuna, 62.

Booked: Hogg, 78, Kachunga, 85, Campbell, 88.

Referee: Darren Bond.

Attendance: 13,761 (2,299 away).

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