WAGNER: WIN JUST AROUND THE CORNER
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN are in danger of sinking without a trace but David Wagner insists the Terriers can make emergency repairs to their promotion push.
Kasey Palmer’s header gave the Terriers an early lead but Danny Graham levelled from the penalty spot to ensure Rovers salvaged a point.
It leaves Huddersfield without a win in five games, but Wagner believes his side will soon sew up victories again if they go on to replicate their performance at Ewood Park.
“We are focused on ourselves and our performance and we want to make sure that we return to some winning form,” he said.
“We will get some wins if we perform like we did here and in the last few games.
“The win is just around the corner.
“I think if we won this game, we would have spoken about one of our best performances this season. But I still believe it was one of our best performances.
“This is football, sometimes you don’t get what you deserve but there are no complaints from me about our performance.”
In a positive start from the visitors, Aaron Mooy’s low corner found Michael Hefele whose powerful drive was deflected just wide.
And Huddersfield took the lead moments later when Chris Lowe’s in-swinging corner was met by an unmarked Palmer who thumped a header past Jason Steele.
Mooy nearly stretched the Terriers lead with a dipping freekick on the quarter hour which was put over the bar by Steele’s fingertips.
The Australian’s delivery proved a problem for Rovers once more when, moments later, he picked out a lurking Hefele at the back post whose shot deflected off target.
Soon afterwards, Huddersfield were again inches away from doubling their advantage when an unmarked Martin Cranie headed Lowe’s corner against the crossbar.
Cranie darted forward and into the box on the half hour to tee up Rajiv van La Parra, but the former Wolves winger fired straight at Steele.
But an under-pressure Rovers were handed a lifeline when referee Simon Hooper pointed to the spot for Hefele’s foul on Sam Gallagher and Graham coolly dispatched the penalty with 34 minutes gone.
In the second half, Mooy’s thunderous effort drew a tremendous save from Steele and Cranie headed a fine chance wide for the Terriers – though Rovers top scorer Gallagher went close with a fierce shot in between.
But it was a job well done for Rovers boss Owen Coyle, who is now sitting in the hotseat far more comfortably after watching his side take seven points from their last three games.
“It’s a hard earned point, and it’s a valuable point as always,” he said. “We’d have loved to have had the nine out of nine, but Brentford, Newcastle and then Huddersfield are certainly tough fixtures.
“What we’ve shown is that we are certainly becoming a a far better team than we were at the outset of the season.
“That’s a game that we would have lost by two or three goals in the early part, but we’re far better and we’ve come a long way since then and we continue to move forward.
“We’re going in the right direction, there’s still a lot of work ahead of us.”
SPOT ON: Danny Graham levels for Blackburn from the penalty spot and, inset, Kasey Palmer is mobbed after netting the opener