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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.

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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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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
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