Danny Ward’s brace earned Huddersfield a thrilling 3-2 home win over Blackburn.
Matching his record from the previous 28 outings of a failed second spell for the Terriers in one night, the former Cardiff forward settled matters after Ben Brereton Diaz took his season to nine goals with two equalizations in the second half. time for visitors.
Spanish midfielder Alex Vallejo had already opened the scoring with his first goal in English football.
In a game that sparked excitement from the first whistle, a cheerful Huddersfield fended off two excellent chances in the opening two minutes.
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First, Ward left the target six yards after Josh Koroma won the first aerial ball in the penalty area.
Then Harry Toffolo’s left wing cross at the far post was pushed into Daniel Sinani’s path by Sorba Thomas but the Luxembourg international fired a free shot above 15 meters.
After mounting that first assault, Blackburn first threatened just after the quarter-hour when Sam Gallagher headed away from Tyrhys Dolan’s cross after Naby Sarr relinquished possession near the corner flag.
But the Terriers were back on offense moments later, with captain Lewis O’Brien’s 10-yard climb hitting a stud after more polling from Toffolo.
Just after half an hour, Brereton Diaz curled up just 25 yards after being hit by Harry Pickering.
Moments later, a back-pedaling Pickering was unable to repel a flurry from Thomas’ right wing and his pass was clinically swept into Thomas Kaminski’s lower right corner 20 yards from Vallejo.
In response, a pickering effort at the edge of the box was wide and Lee Nicholls did well to retain a Brereton Diaz header, but Toffolo also came close to the hosts from a distance at the end of an entertaining half. .
Play continued to fluctuate after the break, with Sinani forcing a strong save close to Kaminski’s post after charging the ball deep from Koroma.
It was the visitors who struck next, however, when a formidable run down the left channel saw Joe Rothwell pass O’Brien and Matty Pearson before reaching the signing and pulling the ball out for Brereton Diaz from five yards away.
On time, Carlos Corberan’s men were back in the lead with Thomas claiming the assist again, this time sending an inviting delivery from the right that Ward climbed high to meet a descending header past Kaminski at six yards.
But, five minutes later, Rovers had restored parity when Sarr’s reckless sliding challenge brought down Brereton Diaz, who confidently sent the resulting kick to Nicholls’ lower left corner, albeit via one of the fingers of the local keeper.
Undeterred by the two lead surrender, Huddersfield charged forward and Ward tested Kaminski with a scathing practice while Tom Lees was denied twice in a row with smart saves.
The hosts were then rewarded for such character in the 84th minute when Toffolo rose the highest to meet the right wing cross from Ollie Turton and Ward won a second header to beat Kaminski at four yards.
What the managers said …
Carlos Corberan from Huddersfield: “I am very proud of the players. They showed a lot of character and, from the first minute, a lot of energy and determination.
“They reacted well to the tough times after scoring both of their goals and kept a level of self-confidence which meant that I and the fans always felt they could go on and win the game.”
Tony Mowbray of Blackburn: “It was probably a good football game for the neutrals, but not very good for the managers of both teams. but I thought our effort deserved more than what we got from the game.
“The spirit of the team has been evident all season and it was again tonight. I cannot question the players ‘desire to take a chance but I am disappointed with the goals we conceded. We did not question the players’ desire to try their luck. are not a team that concedes them types of goals, but we had a well changed defense without too much blame. The fight that the kids on the team showed will also be very useful to them as we try to educate them in the classroom. drive and create a collective spirit. “