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Match Report : 21/09/2013

21 September 2013

Rovers 0 Huddersfield Town 0

Rovers picked up their first clean sheet of the season with a goalless draw with Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park.

In a game built up to be a shootout between two strikers that had shared 13 league goals between them so far this season, it was perhaps inevitable that the game would fail to produce a goal.

The first half was full of entertainment, James Vaughan and Adam Hammill going close for the visitors, whilst Jordan Rhodes, Tom Cairney and Tommy Spurr all spurned opportunities at the other end.

In comparison the second half didn't live up to the first half showing and although both sides showed plenty of endeavour neither goalkeeper was troubled as the points were shared.

Gary Bowyer made just the one change from the side that fell to a narrow midweek defeat at Leicester City.

Following his impressive display as a second half substitute at the King Power Stadium, Chris Taylor was rewarded with a return to the starting eleven, Ben Marshall the man to make way as he dropped to the bench.

The substitute's bench also saw Lee Williamson and Leon Best back involved.

Kicking towards the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End Rovers started on the front foot yet it was the opposition with the first chances of the game.

On four minutes Josh King failed to retain possession which allowed Jazz Richards to feed Adam Hammill but he curled a left-footed shot just wide.

Then three minutes later James Vaughan rattled the crossbar with a bullet of a header, but the flag had already been raised as he connected well with Paul Dixon's centre.

Rovers hit back with a host of chances of their own. A 10th minute effort from Tom Cairney went just wide, with Jordan Rhodes trying to divert it home, before a low shot towards the near post by Josh King rebounded off the goalkeeper Alex Smithies and Rhodes but behind.

The home side were seeing plenty of the ball, camped in the Huddersfield half but against the massed defensive ranks they found it hard going in creating clear-cut openings.

Tommy Spurr did well with a run into the area to cross for Rhodes but he headed over before the defender himself spurned a great chance from a corner but blazed his shot on the turn wide of goal.

Corry Evans was impressing in the centre of midfield and he combined well with Josh King before the centre aimed for Rhodes was defended for a corner, Cairney found Grant Hanley with his delivery but the Scot headed over the bar.

But with a lively front line the Terriers weren't without their chances. Jonathan Hogg sent over a teasing 35th minute cross that Adam Hammill glanced on but Jake Kean made a superb finger-tip save.

Rovers came again before the break but Rhodes couldn't trouble his former team-mates, heading over a Cairney cross before firing wide from just inside the box when well placed.

It had been an entertaining first half, the only thing lacking in the game was goals.

In contrast to the first, the second half was slower to get into it's stride. Aside from a Corry Evans effort that flew well wide, there had been little between the two sides.

The visitors were the first to make a change as midfielder Oscar Gobern replaced former Rover Jon Stead who had a quiet game on his Ewood return.

Chances continued to be at a premium but on 65 minutes Chris Taylor had one of his own making. Cutting in from the right the winger attacked the Town defence before creating the space for himself to curl a right-footed effort over Alex Smithies but inches over the bar.

Huddersfield made a second change with Martin Paterson replacing Paul Dixon, then on 75 minutes Rovers made a double change themselves as Alan Judge and Leon Best replaced Chris Taylor and Corry Evans.

Judge looked lively after his introduction and linked up well with Best, but despite creating a handful of late corners, Alex Smithies goal wasn't threatened.

Lee Williamson's introduction ten minutes from time was well received by the home supporters but whilst Rovers ended the game seeing plenty of the ball there would be no way through a well-drilled Terriers outfit.

ROVERS: Kean, Kane, Dann (c), Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Evans (sub Best 75 mins), Taylor (sub Judge 75 mins), Cairney (sub Williamson 80 mins), King, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Eastwood (GK), Kilgallon, Marshall, Olsson.

Goals: None.

Booked: Williamson.

HUDDERSFIELD: Smithies, Hogg, Clarke (c), Stead (sub Gobern 52 mins), Gerrard, Clayton, Dixon (sub Paterson 69 mins), Vaughan, Hammill, Lynch (sub Woods 79 mins), Richards.

Subs not used: Bennett (GK), Norwood, Carr, Scannell.

Goals: None.

Booked: Gobern.

Attendance: 14,582

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