Huddersfield Town 2 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at The John Smith's Stadium

Date: 06/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: R East Att: 14,597

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Huddersfld

Lee Novak 15,90+5

2
vs
2

Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes 43
Danny Murphy 55 (pen)

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: November 7 2012, 0:23 GMT

Blackburn boss Henning Berg believes being pegged back by Huddersfield striker Lee Novak's last-gasp goal in their 2-2 draw will prove a valuable learning experience for his players.

Berg: Players will learn from late slip
Berg: Players will learn from late slip

Berg looked on course to celebrate his first win since being appointed Rovers boss last week as goals from former Terriers striker Jordan Rhodes and Danny Murphy - the latter a controversial penalty - either side of half-time turned the match on its head after Novak had opened the scoring.

But in the dying seconds, Novak collected a hopeful ball into the area and prodded in after initially stumbling when he took a touch.

Former Manchester United and Blackburn defender Berg thought his side had coped well repelling Town's advances having taken the lead but admitted they cannot afford to suffer lapses in injury time.

"I know in a football game, it's not over until the final whistle goes," the Norwegian said.

"With three seconds to go you still hope to win the game and we would have if we had kept the ball, if we had made the right decisions with the ball in the last minute of the game, we would have come away with the three points.

"Everybody would have been happy with the performance, we would have been happy with the result but it wasn't to be.

"We've got a few young players in the team as well and this is a learning process for everybody. I hope that we learn the lesson today in terms of how we can kill games off and how we should use the ball in the last dying minutes of games.

"Next time we're in this position I expect us to do the right decisions."

Berg did take satisfaction from Blackburn's performance tonight after losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace over the weekend - their first away defeat of the season.

"There was a big improvement in the performance from the game on Saturday and that is good to see.

"We were all disappointed both with the performance from the result on Saturday and we needed to be better and we were much better defensively, offensively we were very good today.

"The passing was good, the goals we scored were good and when we had to defend in the second half I thought we defended quite well without conceding too many chances."

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson lambasted referee Roger East, putting scrutiny on his decision to award Blackburn a penalty.

Marcus Olsson burst through on goal before being rashly tackled from behind by Joel Lynch.

"It was the wrong decision," said Grayson.

"The referee will realise that when he sees it in the morning.

"I thought he was poor all round tonight with a lot of decisions.

"The players came close together, there's no question about that but sometimes you've got to see where the ball ends up."

The former Leeds boss hailed his side's resilience after going 2-1 behind.

"I think over the course of the game it was probably a fair result," he added.

"We were up against a good team tonight with some good players.

"We competed well, we were a little scrappy at times with possession of the ball, worked hard, put them under pressure, got the goal but you always know you're going to be up against it at times with the players they've got in their squad.

"It was inevitable Jordan was going to get on the end of a chance to score.

"There was a major decision, which made us go 2-1 down but the players reacted in a real positive manner and kept going until then end.

"I think we justifiably got out just rewards at the end of it.


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