Huddersfield Town were beaten 5-2 away from home in a difficult game for the Terriers, who failed to stamp their authority on the contest. A hattrick from Adam Armstrong put the game out of Huddersfield's reach as a soul defeating score line meant another loss for Town at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, with just two games left to ensure safety in the Sky Bet Championship.
Ryan Schofield made a good start in the game as Ben Brereton was played in behind the Town defence, but Schofield was able to tip his effort wide of the goal. Huddersfield were made to pay a minute later as Rovers continued to knock on the door, Armstrong putting himself on the scoresheet.
Rovers came close once again in the 20th minute, Brereton coming close this time as Town were caught in possession at the back before the striker was slipped through on goal. His effort hit the side netting. Although, Brereton was to make no mistake two minutes later, doubling Blackburn's lead.
The Terriers were able to pull a goal back just on the brink of half time with the hosts putting the ball in their own net through Ryan Nyambe, giving the visitors some hope of a comeback. But this was shattered in the second half as Armstrong claimed his hattrick in the 59th minute, registering two goals in quick succession which forced Carlos Corberan into three fresh changes in the second phase.
Josh Koroma was able to give Huddersfield renewed belief with a fantastic headed goal late on, but Armstrong's hattrick proved to be all but too much for the Terriers to get anything from the game. Although Huddersfield suffered defeat, they were helped by all the teams below them in the league table all suffering defeats on Saturday afternoon.
Huddersfield now sit in 20th place with eight points the difference from Rotherham United in 22nd place. The Millers still have two games in hand which maintains an interesting end to the season, although it now looks unlikely that Town are to be dragged into the scrap, with defeats from Derby County and Rotherham on Saturday respectively.
The match was more or less dominated by Blackburn, the hosts comfortable on the ball with not much danger from the opposition. Huddersfield tried to find a foothold in the contest during the 90 minutes and had eight shots on goal during the game compared to Blackburn's 16, with just one shot on target to the hosts’ 12.
The possession count for the Terriers was much higher with a 57% to 43% ratio at Ewood Park. The total pass count for Town was a big 438 to Blackburn's 352. The West Yorkshire side also had the better passing accuracy of 79% to the hosts 75%.
The statistics tell us the visitors had the better possession of the football and were better when passing, but they struggled to work the ‘keeper. Blackburn were way above Huddersfield in terms of the levels within this particular area.
Corberan was very unhappy with how the game turned out for his side
Huddersfield Town now have Coventry City to welcome to the John Smiths Stadium next Saturday afternoon, the Terriers boss spoke after the defeat to Blackburn, he said:
"It is very clear we didn't start well and we conceded two goals very quickly. We finished the rest of the half better and then wanted to take the risk to win in the second half. When you do this, you can suffer the counter attacks and we did. Its very important that we compete in the right way, and to do this we must avoid mistakes.
“Today we suffered many mistakes from many different players at the same time. Its a very negative result and performance. It's very disappointing as we came here trying to add the points to achieve our target. After the third goal, we lost our confidence and energy. We cannot concede five goals. Our two goals was not enough to change the feeling we have right now. The mistakes we made today, its not the first time this season we have done this. I need to solve this.
”To our fans I know they could not identify with the performance the team showed. I am the most responsible one as the Head Coach, and I must improve this."