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8 April 2023

All you need to know ahead of our next Sky Bet Championship fixture

- Huddersfield Town vs Blackburn Rovers
- 12.30pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium
- Available to watch on iFollow HTAFC

Completing a busy Easter weekend, the Terriers will continue their Sky Bet Championship campaign on Monday 10 April at the John Smiths Stadium, welcoming Blackburn Rovers; 12.30pm kick-off.

While the visitors come into the fixture on the back of a two-nil home defeat to Norwich City on Good Friday, it was a much better result for Town, who saw off Watford 3-2 at Vicarage Road.


This is Blackburn’s fifth consecutive season in the Sky Bet Championship after the five time FA Cup winners were relegated into Sky Bet League One following the 2017 season. Not a long stay in the third tier, Rovers found themselves promoted back to the Sky Bet Championship at the end of the following season.

Pushing for promotion, the Lancashire side currently sit sixth in the Championship table within the Play Off places, currently an improvement on their 8th place finish at the end of last season.

Formerly a Danish international, Jon Dahl Tomasson has been at the helm since July 2022 following the departure of Tony Mowbray. Following previous managerial careers at Roda JC Kerkrade and Malmö FF, he joined Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal.


Ben Brereton-Díaz

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Brereton-Díaz is currently Rovers’ top goal scorer so far this, netting an impressive 14 goals and four assists in the 42 appearances he has made. The forward was named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Year last season after scoring 22 goals. Since joining from Nottingham Forest, he has made over 136 appearances and scored over 43 goals for the club. In 2021, Brereton-Díaz was called up to the Chilean national team.

Tyler Morton

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20-year-old Tyler Morton has had an impressive run in the midfield so far this season, making over 40 appearances in all competitions for the club. Morton joined Rovers from Liverpool on a season long loan in July and has become a vital cog in Rovers’ side. The midfielder was called up for England’s U20 in 2021 and made three appearances for the national team. Morton made his Premier League debut in a 4-0 victory against Arsenal in November 2021.

Scott Wharton

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The central defender has scored three goals so far this season. Local to Blackburn, he has progressed through the ranks since joining the club at an early age and made his senior debut for his boyhood club in a 2-2 draw against Burton Albion at Ewood Park back in August 2016. He followed that up by scoring his first senior goal in the EFL Cup win over Crewe Alexandra three days later. After a loan spells with Cambridge United, Bury, Northampton Town and two at Lincoln City, he returned to his parent club, earning a spot in the first team.


Town will be wearing our famous blue and white stripes as we play in front of our home crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Tickets for our Easter Monday match are on sale now – CLICK HERE – and are available to purchase from our Ticket Office as well!

Adults - £20
65s and over - £20
18s and under - £15
Under 11s - £10


Disabled supporters should pay the appropriate age band above, with a companion ticket provided complimentary if required.


If you are unable to attend our Easter Monday match against Blackburn Rovers, you can watch and listen along via iFollow HTAFC!

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Match Reports


10 April 2023

Late Blackburn equaliser denies Town three points

An added-time equaliser from visitors Blackburn denied Town a fourth straight win, but Neil Warnock’s men were given a standing ovation off the pitch after a monumental effort against another Play-Off chasing side.

Town went two goals up thanks to another Matty Pearson header and a first John Smith’s Stadium goal for Jack Rudoni, but Blackburn deserved their point on the balance of play.

Despite the disappointment at full-time, this point extended our record to 11 from the last available 15 against some of the division’s best sides.

Warnock made one change from the side that won at Watford on Good Friday, with Joseph Hungbo returning for a first appearance in five games at the expense of Rarmani Edmonds-Green.

It was the visitors who made the running early doors, with 85% possession for the men in red in the opening quarter of an hour. Young midfielder Adam Wharton had their first effort inside eight minutes – a tame effort straight at Tomáš Vaclík – before our Czech international was called upon to make a much better save two minutes later, getting down low to his left to push away Joe Rankin-Costello’s goalbound effort from just 15 yards out.

Then, typical of the run Town came into the game on, Warnock’s men took the lead with their first proper attack in the 16th minute. In-form Josh Koroma won a corner on our left side, allowing Rudoni to drift a corner towards the back post. Tom Lees won the first header, and a Blackburn player diverted it towards his own goal, meaning goalkeeper Aynsley Pears head to tip the ball into the air. The ball looped right over Matty Pearson, who had the simple task of nodding the ball into the vacant net for his fourth in just three games!

Town soon doubled the advantage, with Rudoni’s first John Smith’s Stadium goal. This time Vaclík’s long free kick was flicked on by Ward’s head into the path of Hungbo, who went on the outside of his man and crossed low for Jack to get across the defender and nutmeg the goalkeeper at close range.

Blackburn moved the ball nicely and still carried a threat, as they showed on the half hour as top scorer Ben Brereton Diaz broke our offside trap. Thankfully he was running wide as he tried his luck and only succeeded in pulling his low shot well wide.

Play went quickly to the other end, where David Kasumu broke clear from a clever flick by Ward. He charged towards the Blackburn area but made a mess of his attempted through ball to Koroma. That allowed Rovers to launch a counter-attack, but thankfully Sammie Szmodics was flagged offside.

Szmodics was dangerous at times, and it took another great block from Lees to deny him a clear shot at goal inside the area in the 38th minute.

Unfortunately, the tone of the second half was set when Blackburn reduced the arrears inside 90 seconds. Although Blackburn’s corner was initially cleared, they kept the ball alive, and Rankin-Costello got into the area thanks to a one-two with Dolan before deftly lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Blackburn continued to boss the ball thereafter, but Town defended the box so well, with bodies flying into tackles and blocks. When Blackburn did get a chance to shoot, they found Vaclík in inspired form.

Town had chances on the break again but couldn’t capitalise. An excellent pass from Hogg sent Koroma into space down the left in the 67th minute and he cut inside Carter, only for a defender to block his goalbound shot wide.

Vaclík saved well from substitute Harry Leonard moments later, but then Hogg should have done better with a header from a wide Rudoni free-kick won by David Kasumu.

Town got a bit lucky with 10 minutes left when a pass from Morton dribbled straight through the penalty area before hitting the far post, with Pearson clearing the rebound ahead of Leonard.

The impressive Rankin-Costello forced two further excellent saves from Vaclík as the minutes passed by, but Blackburn did manage to equalise late on when Rankin-Costello’s header was saved, only for substitute Hedges to knock home the rebound.

Town’s team (4-3-3)
Tomáš Vaclík; Matty Pearson, Tom Lees, Michał Helik, Josh Ruffels; David Kasumu, Jonathan Hogg (c), Jack Rudoni; Joseph Hungbo (Ben Jackson, 77’), Danny Ward (Kian Harratt, 86’), Josh Koroma (Scott High, 86’)

Unused substitutes
Nicholas Bilokapic; Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Tyreece Simpson, Matthew Lowton

Join us for a huge derby with Sheffield United in our penultimate home fixture of the season on 4 May 2023! CLICK HERE to secure your seat to get behind Neil and the lads!

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