Blackburn Rovers vs Huddersfield Town: Match Report

Adam Armstrong scores a hat trick as Rovers put five past Huddersfield in the glorious Ewood Park sunshine.

Rovers dominated proceedings all afternoon with Armstrong getting his first and Ben Brereton adding a sixth goal of the season in the first half before The Terriers get a goal out of nothing before the half to keep them in the game.

However, three goals in six minutes killed the contest dead in the water with two more goals from Armstrong and one from Sam Gallagher. The visitors managed to pull one back but it was far too late for any sort of comeback.

Tony Mowbray made four changes from the team that lost 1-0 away at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. Elliott Bennett, Barry Douglas, Tom Trybull and Harvey Elliott all dropped to the bench and in came Ryan Nyambe, Amari’i Bell, Lewis Travis and Ben Brereton.

Several Milestones were made by Rovers players, Bell made his 250th career league appearance, Nyambe made his 150th league appearance and Armstrong made his 200th career league start.

First good chance of the game fell the way of Rovers, Armstrong played the ball over the top and picked out Brereton he looked to fire into the bottom left hand corner but Ryan Schofield managed to tip it wide.

From that resulting corner Rovers took the lead, Schofield flapped at Joe Rothwell’s corner and Armstrong was able to head in from a yard out 1-0.

Rovers dominated the opening proceedings of this game, Armstrong laid the ball of to Brereton on the edge of the area his shot was well saved by Schofield.

It should have been two for Rovers when Armstrong laid the ball off to Brereton once again this time in the area put he stretched on the shot and it went wide at the near post.

The home side were able to double their lead 22 minutes in, Armstrong involved in everything set Gallagher away down the left, he cut the ball back to Brereton in the box who was able to fire home 2-0.

Rovers really put the sword to Huddersfield in this first half, Bell powered his way down the left, he crossed in for Armstrong but he get it stuck under his feet and the visitors managed to clear.

Out of nothing The Terriers were back in it right on the stroke of half time. Josh Koroma got down the left and past Bell were he then put the ball into the six-yard box and Nyambe turned the ball into his own net 2-1.

Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Huddersfield Town 

Huddersfield came out for the second half with a sense of urgency but all that hope was quickly dashed when Armstrong added his second of the game. Quick thinking from a throw saw Travis set Brereton free down the right hand side, he raced clear before squaring the ball to Armstrong for an easy tap in 3-1.

Rovers then started to run rampant with two more goals within the next six minutes.

Armstrong turned provider, he was too quick for Harry Toffolo and got possession on the edge of the area, he cut back and picked out Gallagher on the edge of the area, he powered his shot towards goal and Schofield couldn’t keep it out as he parried it into the top left hand corner 4-1.

The angel of the north wasn’t finished there, scoring his second hat-trick of the campaign and his 25th goal of the season. He finished off what was an exquisite team move, started with Brereton who fed Rothwell he then squared for Armstrong for him to fire home 5-1.

Armstrong still smelt more blood as he went for a fourth, picking up the ball 25-yards out he fired towards goal which Schofield pulled off a great fingertip save to tip it over the bar.

Substitute Tyrhys Dolan will feel he should of added a sixth after another poor clearance from Schofield in goal, he attempted to loop the keeper but Naby Sarr was able to clear it off the line.

Huddersfield did manage to grab a consolation, Koroma with a fine strike from the edge of the area into the far right hand side which left Thomas Kaminski rooted to the spot 5-2.

Rovers then controlled the game and were able to comfortably just see it out until the Referee blew his full time whistle.

Rovers dominated from the first minute and looked more like the team at the start of the campaign.

Just two games left of the current season with Rovers next game sees them visit New York Stadium to face relegation threatened Rotherham.

Full Time: Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Huddersfield Town

 

 

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