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Report: Rovers 1 Huddersfield 1

3 December 2016

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Danny Graham's fifth goal of the season saw Rovers claim a share of the points in a tough encounter with Huddersfield Town.

Rovers went into the match in fine form following wins over Brentford and Newcastle, but found it tough going in the early stages as Kasey Palmer fired the visitors in front.
The Terriers could have had two or three goals to their name as Steele kept out a Aaron Mooy free-kick and Martin Cranie headed against the bar, but the home side were handed a lifeline on 34 minutes when Sam Gallagher was fouled in the area. Graham making no mistake from 12-yards.
After a one-sided first half, it was a more even affair in the second. Rovers had to defend well for long periods, but still carried a threat through Gallagher and Graham on the break.
Whilst Rovers didn't hit the heights that they'd achieved in the past fortnight, they'll be delighted to claim a point to make it seven from a possible nine.
Just the one change was made from the side that had defeated Newcastle United seven days earlier as Ryan Nyambe was handed his first league start due to Ben Marshall serving a one-match ban.
And the young full-back, who turns 19 on Sunday, was quickly called upon to make an important clearance as the visitors started strongly.
The Terriers continued to press Rovers back, Michael Hefele saw a shot deflect wide and from the resulting corner kick they would take a sixth minute lead.
Chris Lowe delivered from the right and Palmer arrived to head home from 12-yards.
With Rovers struggling to get a foothold in the game the visitors peppered the home goal. Aaron Mooy forced Jason Steele to tip over the bar with a well-struck free-kick, before Martin Cranie headed against the woodwork from Lowe's corner.
Moments later Cranie found himself in space in the box once more, but the defender skied his effort.
Aside from a Liam Feeney cross that almost reached Craig Conway at the back post, Rovers had rarely threatened to get back on terms with their opponents. However just past the half hour they would do so from the penalty spot after Hefele brought down Sam Gallagher.
Danny Graham stepped up and made no mistake, notching his fifth goal of the season as he stroked the ball high into the back of the net.
Huddersfield went back on the attack as the half drew to a close, Rajiv Van La Parra coming the closest with a shot that just cleared the bar.
Just as they did in the first half, it was the visitors who were dominant at the beginning of the second.
Aaron Mooy saw a long-range strike flash just wide with Steele at full stretch, before only a fantastic block from Darragh Lenihan prevented Van La Parra from getting his effort on target.
Graham glanced a Conway centre across goal and wide, but it was at the other end of the pitch where play was mainly centred.
A cleverly worked corner-kick saw the ball played to Mooy once more, his initial effort was beaten away by Steele, before Mulgrew blocked the Austrian's second attempt.
Steele was called upon once more to keep out a shot from Elias Kachinga, before Conway sent Gallagher racing goalwards, but the young forward's effort from outside the box went the wrong side of the upright.
That would be Conway's last involvement as he was replaced by Marvin Emnes, the Dutchman setting up Gallagher for another shot at goal, but the ball deflected wide.
The resulting corner kick saw Rovers see strong claims for a penalty waved away. Feeney's centre picked out the head of Lenihan, his effort appearing to be blocked on the line by a Huddersfield hand.
The game was stretched in the latter stages with both sides having half-chances. Graham for Rovers and Palmer for Huddersfield as the points were shared. 
ROVERS: Steele, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams, Feeney, Lowe (c), Evans, Conway (sub Emnes 68 mins), Gallagher, Graham (sub Bennett 88 mins).
Subs not used: Raya (GK), Greer, Byrne, Akpan, Guthrie.
Goals: Graham (pen) 34 mins
Booked: Lowe 13 mins, Nyambe 69 mins, Lenihan 90+2 mins.
HUDDERSFIELD: Ward, Hogg (c) (sub Billing 85 mins), Kachunga, Mooy, Cranie (sub Stankovic 87 mins), Lowe, Van La Parra, Wells (sub Bunn 85 mins), Schindler, Hefele, Palmer.
Subs not used: Coleman (GK), Whitehead, Holmes-Dennis, Payne.
Goals: Palmer 6 mins
Booked: Hefele 34 mins, Palmer 58 mins
Attendance: 12,034 (including 1925 visiting supporters)

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