Rovers hit men both on tar­get in draw

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

GARY Bowyer watched his star strike part­ner­ship com­bine once more in the draw against Hud­der­s­field and ad­mit­ted Jor­dan Rhodes and Rudy Gest­ede con­tinue to have their ad­mir­ers.

Gest­ede and Rhodes – who have scored over 40 goals be­tween them this cam­paign – fired home to give Rovers the lead be­fore Ja­cob But­ter­field’s de­flected free-kick and Joe Lol­ley’s mag­nif­i­cent long-range strike en­sured the spoils were shared.

But Bowyer, whose side are now six games un­beaten, added his side should have been bet­ter and made their ad­van­tage count.

“We’ve al­ways got goals in the team,” he said. “The two of them have bagged two more be­tween them and could have had, and should have had, more if we’re be­ing hon­est.

“They’re like ever other player in the Cham­pi­onship. Every­body’s look­ing at them. Ev­ery player’s in the Cham­pi­onship is for sale and we’re no dif­fer­ent.

“Do we want to lose them? No of course we don’t but Liver­pool didn’t want to lose Luis Suarez, so ev­ery player in the Cham­pi­onship’s for sale.

“I think at 2-0 we should be bet­ter and I think that’s prob­a­bly some­thing that we’ve not done well enough this sea­son is see­ing that out and see­ing that re­sult through.”

Town nearly took an early lead af­ter skip­per Mark Hud­son rose high­est from a first-minute cor­ner to force Simon East­wood into a sub­lime point-blank save.

Conor Coady nearly gave Town the lead when his 22nd­minute cross evaded East­wood and rat­tled against the frame of the goal.

But ex-Town man Rhodes came back to haunt his for­mer em­ploy­ers af­ter shirk­ing off sev­eral chal­lenges in the area and his blocked 26th-minute shot fell to Gest­ede, whose ef­fort trick­led past Alex Smithies.

Black­burn added a sec­ond five min­utes later through Rhodes who guided Craig Con­way’s 31stminute cor­ner into the roof of the net from close range.

The Ter­ri­ers drew one back when But­ter­field’s 39th-minute free-kick took a de­flec­tion off the Black­burn wall to fool East­wood and rat­tle in off the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

And the York­shire side nearly lev­elled a minute later when Os­car Gobern’s am­bi­tious vol­ley a minute later from dis­tance ri­fled past a div­ing East­wood.

Hud­der­s­field sub­sti­tute Lol­ley drove at the Black­burn de­fence be­fore slip­ping in Nahki Wells but the Town hotshot’s 67th-minute ef­fort was claimed by East­wood.

But Hud­der­s­field drew level in em­phatic fash­ion when Lol­ley dis­played supreme con­trol and ac­cu­racy to ri­fle home a thun­der­ous 84th-minute strike from 30 yards.

Gobern de­nied Rhodes his sec­ond with a vi­tal 89th-minute block af­ter Con­way’s whipped free-kick even­tu­ally found the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional, a de­nial that left Hud­der­s­field boss Chris Pow­ell en­thused af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

“For him to do that in the 90th minute just shows the be­lief that is run­ning through the team in both boxes.

“It’s re­ally pleas­ing for him that he’s do­ing things like that, get­ting from box-to-box like that and I am just re­ally pleased for him,” he said.

“It’s great that it ended that way that we didn’t lose af­ter show­ing all the en­ergy to get our­selves back into the game and at least get­ting a point.

“We started off the game in very good fash­ion but found our­selves 1-0 and then 2-0 down which we didn’t de­serve but the men­tal­ity of the group at the mo­ment is very, very good.

“Maybe over the bal­ance we should have got three points but that is the Cham­pi­onship for you in all hon­esty.”

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