Ryan Hedges got here off the bench to maintain Blackburn firmly within the play-off hunt with a dramatic late equaliser in an enthralling 2-2 draw away at Huddersfield.
Neil Warnock’s Terriers – who had gained every of their final three video games – took the lead by means of Matty Pearson’s header and doubled it by the use of a sensible end from Jack Rudoni 5 minutes later.
Joe Rankin-Costello pulled one again for Rovers with a scrumptious chip simply over a minute right into a second half during which they put their opponents below intense strain, and when it seemed as if they might fall to a dangerous defeat, substitute Hedges popped up in stoppage time to safe a deserved level.
Blackburn keep sixth on 62 factors with six video games to play, forward of the remainder of Easter Monday’s motion, with Huddersfield nonetheless in nineteenth, two factors above the relegation zone with 5 video games left.
How Blackburn salvaged a degree from the jaws of defeat
Having misplaced three video games on the spin in all competitions, Blackburn rapidly seized management and had seen two pictures saved by City goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik inside the first quarter-hour, throughout which they’d over 85 per cent possession.
However Huddersfield quickly made a mockery of that statistic, as they took the lead when Pearson leapt highest to move dwelling on the far submit after the guests had struggled to cope with a Rudoni nook.
Blackburn didn’t let their heads drop and so they illustrated their high quality within the ultimate third when Sammie Szmodics curled vast after a neat contact from Ben Brereton Diaz. Nonetheless, they had been quickly left shell-shocked.
Vaclik’s lengthy aim kick was flicked on to Joseph Hungbo on the precise, who got here inside and laid the ball on a plate for Rudoni, whose medical end beat Aynsley Pears at his close to submit.
With Sam Gallagher on the bench, Rovers maybe lacked a focus and, though he was noticed warming up earlier than the break, supervisor Jon Dahl Tomasson caught with the identical personnel after it.
That call proved to be necessary as, after a quick begin, Rovers pulled one again when Rankin-Costello exchanged passes with Tyrhys Dolan and expertly chipped the ball over Vaclik from a good angle.
There was no let-up in relentless strain from Blackburn thereafter, with Huddersfield pinned again into their very own half. Vaclik denied Rankin-Costello twice and debutant Harry Leonard as soon as, whereas Tyler Morton’s low drive evaded everybody within the field and cannoned off the bottom of the left-hand submit.
However they continued to knock on the door till the top, when, with 4 minutes of injury-time to play, after Vaclik had as soon as once more denied Rankin-Costello, Hedges was available to search out the online.
Participant of the match – Joe Rankin-Costello
Each groups are again in motion on Saturday April 15. At 3pm, Huddersfield journey to South Wales to tackle Swansea, whereas at 7.45pm, Blackburn host Hull at Ewood Park, reside on Sky Sports activities.
Saturday fifteenth April 7:30pm
Kick off 7:45pm
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