Blackburn 1-0 Huddersfield: Ben Brereton Diaz gives Rovers victory

Ben Brereton Diaz scored Blackburn’s only goal to come close to Lancashire rivals Burnley

Ben Brereton Diaz’s ninth goal of the season saw Blackburn move within two points of Championship leaders Burnley.

The Lancashire rivals meet in a top-flight derby next weekend, and Rovers have honed their skills for it with a sixth straight home win that leaves Huddersfield rooted at the bottom.

The Terriers’ plan to defend the deep and frustrated Rovers was ruined as Diaz ran in on an excellent pass from Harry Pickering before slotting the ball past goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.

It ruined the visitors’ defensive plan and Blackburn were nearly two up in first-half added time when Town defender Will Boyle timed his tackle perfectly to keep Sam Gallagher from taking a ball from Ryan Hedges. which would have given him a great chance.

Rovers sat in the second half and invited pressure from Huddersfield, and almost paid for their lack of adventure as Brahima Diarra skipped a challenge and blasted away, keeper Thomas Kaminski tipping the ball around the post .

Jack Rudoni also nearly canceled out Diaz’s goal, failing to connect properly with a big chance and Kaminski gratefully saved.

The win capped a good day for Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side, after neighbors Burnley lost to Sheffield United early in the kick-off, allowing them to close the gap with their 12th win of the season – the highest in the division.

It was no vintage performance, but gave Rovers a win with which to appropriately celebrate the 147th anniversary of their founding.

For the Terriers, their dismal run continues – they are yet to win away from home, and the loss at Ewood Park means they have just one win in six games, leaving them at six point safety.

Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“I’m delighted. We were a bit disappointed to come into half-time still leading 1-0 – we could have done a bit better, and we knew how difficult it would be to be patient and take it. risks. , because we were playing against a wall.

“We talked about a few solutions at half-time and came out very strong, immediately created a few chances and were denied a goal that probably should have killed the game.

“At the end of the day, when you’re only 1-0 up, it can be tough, and it was tough in the last half, but big credit to the players and the fans, because that spirit they have, and the unit they had in defense, and another clean sheet, it’s great to see.”

Huddersfield manager Mark Fotheringham said:

“The last three games look quite familiar. You can see the performances – we limited them, but we just have to take our chances. We have to be more clinical in the box.

“I’m not here to bluff anyone. These players work so hard and do a lot of good things, but it feels so familiar.

“We’re in a precarious position and we have to start winning games. We have to stay positive, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There’s no ‘bad luck’ story to tell here – we have to just score the goals. We are in position six yards out and not connecting with the ball.

“Thanks to Will Boyle, who was outstanding on his first league start today. He’s both off the ball, defensively and on the ball. He’s also a leader, which is important when we we have young people on the ground.”



Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminsky
  • 2Brittany
  • 5Hyam
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Pickering
  • 6Morton
  • 27Travis
  • 19HedgesReplaced byDolanat 79′minutes
  • 8SzmodicsReplaced byValleyat 80′minutes
  • 22Brereton
  • 9GallagherReplaced byWhartonat 67′minutes


  • tenDolan
  • 13Pears
  • 16Wharton
  • 17Carter
  • 23Duck
  • 29Valley
  • 30Garrett


Training 4-2-3-1

  • 21nichols
  • 34spencer
  • 39Helik
  • 12Boyle
  • 14Ruffles
  • 18KasumuBooked at 68 mins
  • 24CamaraBooked at 40 minsReplaced byDiarraat 72′minutes
  • sevenThomas
  • 22RudonBooked at 36 mins
  • 19Holmes
  • 25HallReplaced byRhodesat 81′minutes


  • 3Mbete
  • 9Rhodes
  • 11Mahoney
  • 16Hayden
  • 30jackson
  • 35Diarra
  • 41Bilokapic

James Linton


Live Text

  1. Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Foul by Brodie Spencer (Huddersfield Town).

  5. Attempt blocked. Jack Vale (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

  6. Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked in the center of the goal. Assisted by Jack Vale.

  7. Failed attempt. Jack Rudoni (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by David Kasumu.

  8. Failed attempt. Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Brahima Diarra.

  9. Harry Pickering (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by David Kasumu (Huddersfield Town).

  11. Replacement, Huddersfield Town. Jordan Rhodes replaces Danny Ward.

  12. Replacement, Blackburn Rovers. Jack Vale replaces Sammie Szmodics.

  13. Replacement, Blackburn Rovers. Tyrhys Dolan replaces Ryan Hedges.

  14. Ryan Hedges (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by William Boyle (Huddersfield Town).

  16. Corner, Town of Huddersfield. Corner conceded by Thomas Kaminski.

  17. Attempt saved. Brahima Diarra (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box sees his effort blocked. Assisted by William Boyle.

  18. Replacement, Huddersfield Town. Brahima Diarra replaces Etienne Camara.

  19. Foul by Daniel Ayala (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. David Kasumu (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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