Report - Huddersfield Town 2-4 Blackburn Rovers

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 16/03/2014
It was a happy return to the John Smith's Stadium for former Huddersfield Town player Jordan Rhodes as the striker hit a hat-trick to end a three-match losing run for his current club, Blackburn Rovers.Report - Huddersfield Town 2-4 Blackburn Rovers

The Scottish international had scored twice against his old club in three meetings since leaving for Ewood Park in August 2012 and it took him only four minutes of the match to add to that tally before going on to complete a hat-trick.

Town continue to be plagued by inconsistency drawing one and losing two on the trot since hammering Barnsley 5-0 a fortnight earlier. All four goals conceded were down to individual mistakes, I doubt Rhodes will score an easier hat-trick in his career, the only plus for Town was Nahki Wells finding the back of the net ending his nine game barren spell.

Town manager Mark Robins made three changes to the team that drew with Charlton Athletic at the Valley in midweek, Tommy Smith, Adam Hammill and Oliver Norwood started replacing Calum Woods, Sean Scannell and Keith Southern respectively.

James Vaughan was on the bench for The Terriers after being out for the past month through injury.

Oliver Norwood hit a long range effort straight at Paul Robinson with just two minutes gone but the deadlock was broken on 4 minutes. Jordan Rhodes brushed off Murray Wallace with ease before calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net.

Rhodes could have doubled Rovers lead on 11 minutes but his shot was straight at Alex Smithies whilst at the other end Wells rounded Robinson but his touch took him too wide, his cross from the byline found Norwood who saw his shot blocked.

Peter Clarke should have at least hit the target with a free header from Adam Hammill's corner but it was Hammill who found the equaliser on 25 mintues. The winger cut in from the left and whipped in a cross with his right foot that found its way into the net.

The goal was a shot in the arm for Town as they grew in confidence at the first half progressed. Wells hit a shot wide after good work between Norwood and Danny Ward.

As the first 45 drew to a close Rovers defender Tommy Spurr hit the base of the post from Craig Conway's corner kick.

Into the second half Wells hit a shot from an acute angle that Robinson could only palm away but on the rebound Ward fired over from around 12 yards out.

Wells then found himself one-on-one with Robinson minutes later but the bounce of the ball deceived the striker resulting in the Bermudian hitting a shot over from a very tight angle.

Blackburn hit a sucker punch on 54 minutes when Rhodes grabbed his second of the match to restore the lead for the away side. Conway found space down the right flank to cross for Rhodes who rose above Smith to head the ball into net.

Paul Robinson produced a superb save to deny Wells' looping header from Hammill's cross which lead on to Rovers going into a 3-1 ahead. Conway was given time and space to hit a shot from 20 yards out that slipped through Smithies' hands and into the net via the post.

With that James Vaughan was introduced off the bench and the top scorer made an immediate impact. The striker flicked on a long ball through to Wells who turned his man before planting the ball past Robinson.

Vaughan went close with a header from Hammill's corner but Rhodes wrapped up his hat-trick with ten minutes to go. Adam Clayton was caught in possession on the edge of the Town box allowing Rhodes to steal
the ball and fire into the back of the net.

Sean's Star Man – Paul Dixon

Huddersfield: Smithies, Wallace, Clarke, Smith, Dixon, Hogg, Norwood (Scannell 68), Clayton, Hammill (Bunn 90), Ward (Vaughan 68), Wells.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Southern, Gobern.

Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe (Kane 26), Spurr, Dunn (Taylor 74), Keane, Kilgallon, Evans, Williamson, Gestede (Varney 34), Rhodes, Conway.
Subs not used: Eastwood, Olsson, Feeney, Dabo.

Referee: Mike Russell
Attendance: 13,311


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