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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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