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Rovers picked up a vital win in their fight against relegation as they beat fellow strugglers Huddersfield at Ewood Park. Jordan Rhodes scored against his former side and Rovers kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive match to move further clear of the relegation zone.

The match got off to a fast pace and frantic start, with both sides pushing forward in search of a goal. Rovers soon settled into a good rhythm and were making good use of the full width of the pitch, with Olsson and King causing Huddersfield considerable trouble with their pace. Williamson and Jones soon began to win the midfield battle and Rovers were putting Huddersfield under pressure with good set-pieces and dangerous crosses and it was a corner that eventually saw them take the lead. Jones' cross was headed back across goal by Dann and Jordan Rhodes neatly finished with his back to goal. The goal was no more than Rovers deserved and Rhodes' goal silenced the away support that had targeted him throughout the first half.

The second half continued in a similar vein, with the significance of the match forcing both sides to push forward in search of a goal. Rovers continued to make good use of the wings and Best had two decent chances to double the advantage, but eventually Huddersfield came more into the match. Sandomierski did well to save from Beckford after the forward had found space to turn and shoot inside of the box, and the substitute looked a dangerous threat for the away side. Huddersfield pressed forward and put numerous crosses into the Rovers box, but the back four stood firm and Goodwillie and Dunn had chances on the break. In the end Rovers survived the 5 additional minutes and the full-time whistle was met by rapturous applause from a relieved Ewood Park.

The win sees Rovers move two points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand and a significant goal difference advantage over most of their nearest rivals. Several of the other sides at the bottom also picked up points, meaning that Rovers will still need to pick up several more points from their remaining four fixtures if they are to be certain of staying up, but these two recent wins have been vital. Gary Bowyer and his side appear to have stopped the rot and survival is very much in their own hands. Bowyer will no doubt be pleased that Givet was able to play the full 90 minutes and put in a resolute display at the back and the former France international's fitness will be crucial with Hanley suspended for the upcoming match against Watford.

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