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Shane Duffy scores two own goals and is sent off

Shane Duffy was sent off at the death in the 2-1 defeat. Credit: Reuters

Blackburn defender Shane Duffy had a night to forget as he scored two own goals and was sent off in Rovers' defeat at Cardiff.

Bluebirds wing-back Declan John burst through after 14 minutes and hit a shot against the right post, with Duffy stroking the rebound into an empty net.

Six minutes later, the 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international met Peter Whittingham's right-wing free-kick with a firm downward header past startled Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Duffy was sent off at the death after booting the ball away as Blackburn lost 2-1.

He also scored an own goal as Rovers lost 3-0 to Wigan at the weekend.


Newcastle complete signing of Scotland defender

Newcastle United have completed the signing of defender Grant Hanley from Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The Scotland centre-back is believed to have cost around £5.5million, of which 10% will go to Crewe Alexandra, where Hanley was as a youth.

Hanley has signed a five-year deal at St James' Park.

I'm over the moon and delighted to be here.

It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn't turn down.

It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn't stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League.

– Grant Hanley

Blackburn sign Man City youngster on loan

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Irish midfielder Jack Byrne from Manchester City.

The central midfielder, who spent last season on loan in Holland with Cambuur, has signed a one-year loan deal at Ewood Park.

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