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Match Report : 16/04/2013

16 April 2013

Rovers 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Rovers picked up a second valuable win in four days with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The only goal of the game came from former Terrier Jordan Rhodes who notched the all-important strike on 37 minutes.

It was perfect timing as Rovers had built up a head of steam after a first half that saw the two teams go at each other at a furious pace in an entertaining encounter.

Huddersfield threw on Jermaine Beckford at the break as the visitors looked to get back into the game, the striker denied by a brilliant save by Grzegorz Sandomierski midway through the second half.

It was end to end as the game drew to a close, Rovers seeing out the remaining minutes to claim another three-point haul.

Despite the 2-0 win over Derby County on Saturday, Gary Bowyer chose to make four changes to the starting line-up for the match against Huddersfield Town.

Two of the changes were enforced as Grant Hanley and Colin Kazim-Richards both sat out the game through suspension, Josh Morris and David Dunn dropping to the bench.

Coming into the side were Gael Givet, Josh King, Leon Best and Markus Olsson.

The first 25 minutes of the game were a great advert for Championship football as the game was played with a great tempo and a great atmosphere.

Slowly Rovers started to get on top, Markus Olsson firing wide before Josh King was denied at the near post.

Terriers' captain Peter Clarke then had to head behind from under his own bar as the impressive Lee Williamson caused danger with his centre.

The pressure increased and on 37 minutes it eventually told. David Jones with a deep corner from the left, Scott Dann rose to head down and Jordan Rhodes did what he does best, turning and firing Rovers in front for his 25th goal for the club this season.

The start of the second half saw Mark Robins throw on an additional striker in the form of Jermaine Beckford as the visitors looked to get back into the game, but it was Rovers who forced the pace in the opening exchanges.

A clever ball forward from Jordan Rhodes saw Josh King give chase, but Alex Smithies just about saved the day as he cleared the bouncing ball.

Then Rhodes laid off to Leon Best but he struck narrowly wide with a first-time shot. Best would have another drive at goal just past the hour mark but Smithies pushed his effort aside.

David Jones then curled a shot just beyond the far post, but at the other end Rovers needed their giant Pole as Grzegorz Sandomierski pulled off an outstanding save to deny Jermaine Beckford.

That prompted a spell of pressure from the visitors as they looked to get back into the game, balls were delivered long into the penalty area but time and time again there was a Rovers player to clear the danger.

The Rovers substitutes also played their part as Pedersen, Dunn and Goodwillie all played a key role in ensuring there wouldn't be a nervy ending to the game as play was centred more towards the Huddersfield box rather than the home end, Goodwillie and Dunn both going close with late efforts.

An additional six minutes didn't help but the Rovers fans were in full voice as they roared home a very very welcome victory.

ROVERS: Sandomierski, Kane, Dann (c), Givet, Markus Olsson, King (sub Dunn 83 mins), Lowe (sub Goodwillie 72 mins), Williamson, Jones, Best (sub Pedersen 72 mins), Rhodes.

Subs not used: Usai (GK), Nuno Gomes, Rekik, Morris.

Goals: Rhodes 37 mins.

Booked: Dann.

HUDDERSFIELD: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, Norwood (sub Beckford 46 mins), Clarke (c), Gerrard, Scannell, Clayton (sub Lee 82 mins), Vaughan, Danns, Southern (sub Gobern 62 mins).

Subs not used: Bennett (GK), Wallace, Arfield, Lynch.

Goals: None.

Booked: Woods, Southern, Dixon, Beckford.

Attendance: 15,317

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