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Murphy brace enough for Ipswich against Blackburn

Mick McCarthy will be pleased with the win. Credit: PA

Birthday boy Daryl Murphy scored his first goals for two months as Ipswich continued their push for a play-off place with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.

Two second-half goals were the difference in a largely dismal match as the Ipswich striker scored from the penalty spot after Luke Chambers was pulled down and then made the points safe three minutes before the end.

The scoreline was slightly harsh on a Blackburn side who matched a team with designs on the top six, but they lacked a clinical marksman like Murphy, who celebrated his 33rd birthday in style


Leeds just good enough to beat Blackburn

Mirco Antenucci made it four goals in his last three games as his second-half strike helped Leeds to an impressive 2-1 win at Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship.

An end-to-end first half was tilted in Leeds' favour 11 minutes before the break through Sol Bamba's second goal of the season and Italian striker Antenucci seemed to put the result beyond doubt in the 69th minute by clinically ending a counter attack.

Sol Bamba put Leeds ahead. Credit: PA

Blackburn were given hope in the final minute as Simeon Jackson fired home his first goal for the club but Leeds held on to end the hosts' four game winning run at home in the league.

It means Steve Evans' side have won two on the bounce away from home, and three successive games in the league for the first time this season.

Blackburn prevent Middlesbrough from going top

Blackburn prevented Middlesbrough from going top of the Championship as a pair of Boro old boys outshone Jordan Rhodes on his Ewood Park return.

Danny Graham celebrates Blackburn's second goal. Credit: PA

Both Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Hull manager Steve Bruce were present to see the team that could have moved above them in the table stumble to a 2-1 loss against Paul Lambert's side.

Hope Akpan's header early in the second half was added to by a goal from ex-Boro striker Danny Graham while goalkeeper Jason Steele, who came through the ranks at the Riverside, played a starring role in denying Rhodes on multiple occasions and only shipped one goal late on to Adam Forshaw.

Swansea loanee Matt Grimes' brilliant cross from the left was met by Akpan's head six yards out and he directed the ball back across Konstantopoulos for the opening goal.

Graham doubled the hosts' advantage with seven minutes to go by reaching the diminutive Jackson's flick-on from Steele's clearance, with both Dyche and Bruce having already left the ground.

Forshaw drove in a reply in stoppage time but Boro were unable to find a way past their old academy graduate Steele again.

Blackburn legend returns to club as coach

David Dunn had two spells at Blackburn as a player. Credit: PA

David Dunn is back at Blackburn Rovers as the assistant Under-21 coach, the Championship club at the time.

The former midfielder played 377 times for the Ewood Park club and recently had a disappointing spell as Oldham Athletic manager in League One.

Dunn will work under his former team-mate Damien Johnson with the club's Under-21 squad.

I'm delighted to be back at the club. I don't have to say how much this club means to me. I think everyone knows what Blackburn Rovers means to me personally.

So I'm just really looking forward to coming in and helping Damien. We have a good relationship anyway, so that should be fine and obviously I'm looking forward to learning from the manager (Paul Lambert), as well as Alan (Irvine) and Rob (Kelly), who are some of the best coaches around.

– Dvaid Dunn


Middlesbrough pull out of deal for Blackburn star

Jordan Rhodes wanted too much, it would seem. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed a proposed move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has collapsed over personal terms.

Aitor Karanka's Sky Bet Championship side had a reported £11million bid for Rovers' Scotland international accepted on Friday night and he was left out of Paul Lambert's squad at Oxford on Saturday.

However, the move has hit the rocks following discussions between Boro and Rhodes.

A short club statement posted on Middlesbrough's official website read: "The club can confirm that we have held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms."

Blackburn to reinvest Rhodes money in squad

Jordan Rhodes will bring in £9million. Credit: PA

Paul Lambert vowed to use the cash from the sale of Jordan Rhodes to rebuild Blackburn.

Rovers fans were reeling on Friday night when the news emerged that their prolific striker was on his way to Middlesbrough for talks over a reported £9million move.

Rhodes had travelled with the Blackburn squad to Oxford for their FA Cup fourth-round tie, only to head to the north east once the two clubs agreed a fee.

It happened late last night, we were in the hotel and we got the call.

The lad came and saw me, he wanted to go, and to be honest I thought the club should have taken the offer the summer before.

Jordan has been excellent for Blackburn, but the money is too good to turn down. The investment will help, the club has got to rebuild. We need a stronger team to be able to get out of this league.

– Paul Lambert

Blackburn sign Sunderland striker Graham

Danny Graham has dropped down to the Championship. Credit: PA

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have signed striker Danny Graham on loan for the rest of the season.

Former Swansea forward Graham never became a regular at Stadium of Light as he struggled to find the net.

It’s been a mad 24 hours, I was training with Sunderland yesterday morning and then I came down here last night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done, I’m looking forward to the first game against Charlton and hopefully we can get off to a flying start.

I was aware of the interest in the background and obviously I’ve been playing a bit at Sunderland the last few weeks, so I’m coming here with games under my belt, which is also pleasing, so hopefully we can both do well for each other.

I spoke to the manager a few times and obviously he’s got some good players. The transfer embargo has been lifted, so they want to sign players and move the club forward. For me to get out of Sunderland and have a fresh challenge is superb for me, so I’m delighted to get it done, I can’t wait to get going and hopefully we can pull together and move up the table.

– Danny Graham
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