Nathan rides to Rovers’ res­cue from the bench

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

BLACK­BURN boss Gary Bowyer lauded the im­pact of new striker Nathan Delfouneso af­ter his sum­mer sign­ing res­cued a point against Hud­der­s­field.

Delfouneso can­celled out Nahki Wells’ em­phatic opener as the spoils were shared to give both sides their first point of the sea­son.

And Bowyer spoke warmly of his bench’s con­tri­bu­tion, af­ter Delfouneso was as­sisted by fel­low sub­sti­tute and new sign­ing Ban­galy-Fode Koita.

“Nathan’s cer­tainly set­tled in very well for us. He had an im­pact on the goal against Wolves and he scored the other night against Shrews­bury,” said Bowyer.“When he’s come off the bench, he’s re­sponded in the best pos­si­ble fash­ion.

“It’s two in three games now for him and that’s only go­ing to give him more and more con­fi­dence as a striker.

“When you’ve got per­son­nel that we’ve got on the bench then you’ve got the abil­ity to change it and I thought we did ever so well with the changes.”

Ter­ri­ers skip­per Mark Hud­son nearly gave Hud­der­s­field a ninth­minute lead af­ter meet­ing Jason David­son’s cor­ner at the far post only for Rovers to clear their lines.

But the home side took the lead mo­ments later af­ter Sean Scan­nell’s run and cross found Ish­mael Miller and, though David Raya saved su­perbly,Wells smashed home the re­bound.

Rovers hot­shot Jor­dan Rhodes nearly re­minded for­mer em­ploy­ers Hud­der­s­field of his qual­i­ties af­ter latch­ing onto a 35th-minute chipped through-ball, but Joe Mur­phy was equal to his ef­fort.

Black­burn drew level on the hour af­ter Ben Mar­shall’s cross was headed down by Koita to Delfouneso, who slot­ted calmly past Mur­phy.

Span­ish stop­per Raya was then called upon to save Rovers twice in a mat­ter of sec­onds.

He first par­ried Ja­cob But­ter­field’s long dis­tance 67th-minute ef­fort into Scan­nell’s path be­fore div­ing bril­liantly to deny the winger, with Adam Hen­ley en­sur­ing the loose ball did not trickle in.

Hud­der­s­field boss Chris Pow­ell con­firmed that there has been ‘in­ter­est’ from another club in goal­keeper Alex Smithies, but added that a ‘lack of con­cen­tra­tion’ led to Black­burn’s goal.

“I got the re­sponse that I wanted from the play­ers with the start we made. It was full of in­tent and char­ac­ter, we were on the front foot and it was the start we wanted,” he said.

“We came up against a keeper who made some good saves, even be­fore Nahki’s goal he made a su­perb save.”

SALUTE: Nathan Delfouneso cel­e­brates scor­ing the equal­is­ing goal




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