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Bowyer praise for Terriers' rearguard
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer paid tribute to Huddersfield for the way they nullified his side in Saturday’s drab goalless draw.
Rovers controlled possession and had the Terriers penned deep into their own half for long spells of the opening period.
But a series of tactical switches after the restart from Mark Robins changed the balance of the game and snuffed out the threat Rovers had previously posed.
Bowyer said: “You have to give credit to Huddersfield.
“They were throwing their bodies in the way, heading everything and they paid us a massive compliment by changing their shape so many times.”
The Terriers had lost on each of their previous five visits to Ewood Park.
Little wonder, then, that their manager viewed it very much as a point gained.
“I’m delighted to come away from home and get a clean sheet and a point,” said Robins.
“When we made the changes, things started to liven up for us a little bit and we grew into it. Those changes were needed – and worked.
“When we kept possession of the ball, they dropped deeper and that will generally happen to the opposition.
“However when the ball did go forward I don’t think we worked hard enough to retain possession high up the field, which made it difficult for us to create too many chances.”
Bowyer also admitted Rovers had not shown enough in the final third.
But after watching his defence keep James Vaughan quiet to record their first clean sheet of the season, he preferred to accentuate the positive.
Bowyer said: “I’m happy with a clean sheet as it was our first of the season and it was against the top goalscorer in the Championship.
“At the other end we dominated the game in terms of possession and crossing and shots stats but without being cute enough.
“The air of disappointment around the place shows how far we have come so quickly with this young team.”
Rovers midfielder Corry Evans, one of his side’s best performers in the first half, added: “We needed to be a little better in the final third and be a little more decisive.
“We had a lot of the ball in the first half and had a lot of chances but didn’t make use of them.
“Second half they changed their formation and tried to frustrate us a bit.”
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