Town travelled to Blackburn with the chance to secure Championship survival with two games to go, what would follow though would be nothing short of an embarrassment from start to finish.
With the chance to mathematically secure Championship survival if Town beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Carlos Corberan made four changes, introducing Danny Ward and Carel Eiting into the starting line up following cameos in midweek in the home defeat to Barnsley. Whilst both Pipa and Harry Toffolo coming back into the side after sitting out the midweek tie. The changes saw Duane Holmes, Aaron Rowe, Yaya Sanogo and Rarmani Edmonds-Green all drop to the bench.
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Carlos Corberán has made 4⃣ changes to #htafc's starting line-up.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) April 24, 2021
The first chance at a sun drenched Ewood Park came just two minutes in and saw Town go close, Bacuna flicked a ball into the eighteen yard box and into the path of O’Brien, who took a touch before firing into the side netting.
Blackburn had their first shot of the game six minutes in, a long ball over the top caught Naby Sarr flat footed and played through Ben Brereton, Brereton took a touch before having a shot tipped away well by Schofield.
From the resulting corner, Blackburn took the lead; a floated ball into the box saw Schofield miss his punch and allow Adam Armstrong to slot into an empty net! 1-0 Blackburn after just nine minutes! A poor piece of defending had gifted Rovers the lead!
Blackburn had another chance six minutes later, Pipa’s long throw from within his own half dropped straight to Blackburn who played it forward to Adam Armstrong who waited before unleashing a low effort into the hands of the waiting and ready Ryan Schofield, who pounced on it and secured it with ease.
Richard Keogh nearly gifted Blackburn a second three minutes later, Richard Keogh’s poor first touch within his own eighteen yard box gave the ball straight to Sam Gallagher who played through Ben Brereton who fired into the outside netting.
Just a minute later, Blackburn did have a second! Town once again gave the ball away, this time on the halfway line, and allowed Sam Gallagher to burst into the Town half and into the eighteen yard box before pulling the ball back to an unmarked Ben Brereton in the centre who struck it first time into the back of the net! 2-0 Blackburn and individual mistakes were costing Town on an afternoon where they had had a real chance of securing survival!
With three minutes to go until half time, Carel Eiting played through Danny Ward who broke into the eighteen yard box and rounded the Blackburn defender before firing into the side netting.
Town did pull one back just a minute later, Eiting again making things tick in the middle played through Josh Koroma who beat a pair of defenders before putting a cross in from the by-line, O’Brien stretched for it but was beaten to it by Nyambe the Blackburn full back but he couldn’t control it and instead deflected it into his own net! 2-1 at Ewood Park on the brink of half time! Were Town on their way back?
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) April 24, 2021
The half time whistle sounded a minute later bringing to an end a half that Blackburn had dominated until the fortieth minute mark, when Carel Eiting took the midfield and the game by the scruff of the neck and led the beginning of what could turn into a Town comeback!
Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Huddersfield Town
Despite an impressive Town start to the half, it was a single long ball over the top by Blackburn that caught Naby Sarr out, once again he was caught flat footed as Ben Brereton burst past him and played a ball across goal for Adam Armstrong who finished from about three yards out. 3-1 Blackburn and all it took was one mistake from a Town defender to undermine all the hard work from his team mates in the opening minutes of the second half and probably cost his side the chance to secure their place in the Championship for next season with two games to spear!
Just a minute later Town conceded another! Another mistake from a Town defender, this time Richard Keogh, gifted Blackburn a fourth! Keogh gave the ball away on the edge of his own box and allowed Blackburn to play it into the path of Sam Gallagher who netted! 4-1 Blackburn with the sight of Richard Keogh not even attempting to make up for his mistake saying everything there is to say about this Town side!
In response to the fourth goal, Corberan introduced Rolando Aarons and Duane Holmes into the game, replacing Juninho Bacuna and Town’s best player of the game Carel Eiting, in hopes that it could change Town’s fortune.
Blackburn added a fifth just minutes later! Blackburn won the ball back in their own half and, within four or five passes; Rovers had played their way into the eighteen yard box for Brereton to play it across goal for Armstrong to complete his hat trick! 5-1 Blackburn and this was turning into yet another embarrassment on the road!
Following this, Carlos Corberan introduced Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Scott High into the game, replacing Richard Keogh and Jonathan Hogg.
With eight minutes left of the game, Josh Koroma netted a consolation for Town, the winger took on the Blackburn defence all on his own before curling a wonderful effort past a defender, past the goalkeeper and into the back of the Rovers net! 5-2 at Ewood Park! It wasn’t much, but at least the watching Town fans had something to cheer!
The full time whistle brought to an end a game in which Town were completely dominated and outfought for the entire match despite having practically their best starting eleven on the pitch.
Full Time: Blackburn Rovers 5-2 Huddersfield Town