Blackburn Rovers were victorious against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, a 5-2 win that solidifies Rovers’ spot in the mid-table of the Championship table.
Story of the match
The Lancashire side had a positive start to the game against the visiting Huddersfield and took the lead within just seven minutes, a set-piece giving Adam Armstrong the chance to head home just a couple of yards from goal.
Shortly afterwards, Rovers were handed a glorious opportunity to add a second, a horrendous error from Richard Keogh handing a chance to Ben Brereton who placed his shot wide.
But just a couple of moments later the former Nottingham Forest striker didn’t make the same mistake, this time he did fire past Ryan Schofield to make it 2-0 to Rovers.
Blackburn continued to pile the pressure on Huddersfield and an impressive run and cross from Amari'i Bell, handed Armstrong an opportunity to add his second but the former Barnsley striker miscued his effort.
But just before half time Huddersfield found themselves with a glorious chance to half the deficit, an excellent pass from Dutchman Carel Eiting gave Danny Ward a chance from close range, but the striker put his strike into the side-netting.
This provided a much-needed lift to the Terriers who did score just moments later, an own goal by Ryan Nyambe offering Huddersfield a route back into the game after excellent individual play from Josh Koroma who can take all the credit for the goal.
That would ultimately bring to an end an exciting and fast paced first half, with Blackburn worthy of their advantage.
After the restart Rovers did add a third goal, a mistake from Naby Sarr giving the space for Ben Brereton to get in behind, the striker unselfishly squaring for his partner Adam Armstrong to add his second goal of the game.
By this point the floodgates were open and shortly after Rovers added their fourth, another mistake from Naby Sarr was punished by Sam Gallagher who added his name to the scoresheet.
Huddersfield continued to be calamitous at the back and the fifth followed, a well-deserved hat trick for Adam Armstrong who was in fine form all afternoon.
After this Huddersfield did manage to combat any more embarrassment and the only other noteworthy piece of action in the latter stages of the game was a lovely goal from the impressive Josh Koroma, who can be pleased with his performance in spite of the miserable showing from the visitors.
Rovers trio run riot
While the visiting Huddersfield put in a calamitous performance at the back, credit has to be given to the Blackburn attackers who punished them all afternoons
Perhaps the most striking thing was the chemistry between Sam Gallagher, Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton who all found themselves on the scoresheet at least once and all assisted goals as well.
The displays from the trio will be particularly pleasing for Blackburn and should provide optimism to the Rovers faithful.
Koroma the only positive in a dreadful display from Huddersfield
On the other hand of the thrashing at Ewood Park, was Huddersfield Town, who put in an abysmal performance on Saturday.
The only positive for the Terriers was star player Josh Koroma, who can reflect well on his individual showing which included an excellent strike late on to provide Huddersfield with a consolation.
Huddersfield will perhaps be wondering what might have been had Koroma stayed fit for the majority of the season, as it’s clear how much importance he has for Carlos Corberan’s team. Ultimately his conscience can be clear, which can’t be said for some of the other Town players on the day.
Man of the match - Adam Armstrong
There really was no other choice for man of the match than Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong, who put in an excellent display for Tony Mowbray's side.
A constant thorn in the side of Huddersfield, the former Newcastle United striker was active all afternoon and was thoroughly deserving of his hattrick.
A pleasing afternoon for Armstrong who once again provided his qualities and will surely be subject to interest from Premier League teams over the summer.