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Asssessing the fortunes of Jordan Rhodes since his departure from Blackburn Rovers
Considering what he did during his time at the club, it was no surprise to see many of those of a Blackburn Rovers persuasion filled with an overwhelming sense of disappointment and concern when Jordan Rhodes left Ewood Park in February 2016. Having joined Rovers for a club-record £8million fee from Huddersfield Town in the […]

Fresh injury update offered on Blackburn Rovers international
Blackburn Rovers face a fresh defensive injury blow after Derrick Williams returned from international duty with a calf injury.  Williams, who scored in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand on Thursday evening, was forced off in the second-half due to a calf strain. What was thought to be just a strain, […]

The latest Blackburn Rovers injury news all here
We’re already nearly halfway through the November international break, and for Blackburn Rovers, attention will already be starting to turn towards a return to domestic action a week on Saturday. A run of just one win in eight games has left Tony Mowbray’s side 18th in the Championship standings, ten points adrift of the top […]

International manager offers assessment that will both please and concern Blackburn fans
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams suffered a calf strain in their 3-1 friendly over New Zealand, but that he has been impressed with the performances of the 26-year-old while on international duty. Williams was handed just his third cap for the Republic of Ireland on Thursday […]

'Too predictable' - Plenty of Blackburn fans discuss major talking point after recent struggles
Blackburn Rovers have struggled to build on some impressive performances this season, with Tony Mowbray’s side sliding down the Championship table at an alarming rate.  Rovers are currently sat 18th in the second tier standings, and will be keen to find come consistency in their performances as the season progresses. One area that they’ve particularly […]

How has Stewart Downing fared since leaving Middlesbrough and joining Blackburn Rovers?
When Stewart Downing completed his move to Blackburn Rovers during the summer transfer window, there were inevitably a few eyebrows raised. The midfielder, who had left Middlesbrough at the end of the previous season following the expiry of his contract at the Riverside Stadium, signed a one-year deal at Ewood Park in June, committing his […]

Exclusive: How Blackburn missed out on Burnley's Dwight McNeil
Dwight McNeil is now a £35m Premier League star for Sean Dyche's Burnley - but he could have joined Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers instead.

'Delusional, jog on mate': Some Leeds fans mock Blackburn player's bizarre comments
Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison were on target as Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United sealed a vital Championship triumph over Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road.

Championship rival absolutely stunned by Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United won against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

'Leeds there for the taking': Championship defender comments on Bielsa's side
Leeds United beat Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on Saturday.

'Cannot be a hypocrite': Some Leeds fans agree with Mowbray's critical comments
Leeds United are sitting outside of the automatic places on goal difference after their win against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.

'Moaning and groaning': Tony Pulis claims Leeds man has 'everything' to be a top player
Patrick Bamford scored a much-needed goal for Leeds United as they picked up a valuable three points against Blackburn Rovers.

Leeds United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Marcelo Bielsa's side keep up pressure on Preston and West Brom
ADAM LANIGAN AT ELLAND ROAD: Marcelo Bielsa's side maintained the pressure on Preston North End and West Brom as they secured their fourth straight home win.

Preston battle from back from two goals down to see off Blackburn and go second in the Championship
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Preston took moved up into second place in the Championship after coming from 2-0 down to beat Blackburn with a late goal from Tom Barkhuizen.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Sheffield Wednesday beat Stoke to soar into third, while Swansea lose at home
Sheffield Wednesday halted Stoke's mini-revival and climbed to third in the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Potters on Tuesday.

The worst humiliations suffered by English teams in European competition after Tottenham thrashing
It was one of the darkest moments in Tottenham's 137-year history but some solace can be taken in the fact they're not the first English club to be embarrassed in European competition

Premier League switches to classic yellow winter ball as Nike release Total 90 Aerow design 
Football fans will notice the familiar return of the classic winter ball this weekend, as the Premier League officially ticks over into winter season.

Former Tottenham star Lewis Holtby signs for Blackburn Rovers after starting season as a free agent 
Lewis Holtby has signed a two year contract with Blackburn Rovers. The 29-year old former Tottenham and Germany midfielder was a free agent after leaving Hamburg.

Watford have not won a league game this season, but all is not lost

If Watford want to avoid relegation, they need to follow the lead of Derby in 2000-01 and Blackburn in 1996-97

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Two fascinating fixtures bookend the Premier League action this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, the top two meet at Anfield in a game that will help shape the title race. And on Friday night, the bottom two meet at Carrow Road for a very different kind of six pointer.

Norwich approach the game against Watford in terrible form. Since their shock victory over Manchester City in mid-September, they have played six matches, scored two goals and picked up just one point from an available 18. That victory over City is a real outlier in their season. In fact, it accounts for 43% of the points they have won in the campaign so far.

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Football League: Preston hit back to beat Blackburn, Exeter take derby spoils

  • Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday draw, Rowett begins with win
  • Sol Campbell loses Southend bow, Shrewsbury sink Sunderland

Preston moved up to second after coming back from two goals down against Blackburn in a Lancashire derby. Things could not have started worse for the hosts when they went 1-0 down within 30 seconds when Sam Gallagher’s rebounded off the post and went in via goalkeeper Declan Rudd’s back. Gallagher doubled the lead 10 minutes later but Preston bounced back in the second-half and level things up through Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson’s penalty. The game was settled in fitting style when Barkhuizen found the top corner from 25 yards.

Related: Josh Cullen penalty earns Charlton draw to frustrate 10-man West Brom

Sheff Wed 0-0 Leeds, Birmingham 2-1 Luton, Huddersfield 2-1 Barnsley, Hull 2-0 Derby, Middlesbrough 0-0 Fulham, Millwall 2-0 Stoke, Nottm Forest P-P Reading, Preston North End 3-2 Blackburn, West Brom 2-2 Charlton

Accrington 0-1 Gillingham, Bristol Rovers 2-2 Portsmouth, Burton 0-0 Blackpool, Fleetwood 1-0 MK Dons,Lincoln P-P Bolton, Oxford Utd 3-0 Rochdale, Peterborough 2-2 Coventry, Rotherham 0-1 Wycombe, Shrewsbury 1-0 Sunderland, Southend 1-3 Ipswich, Tranmere P-P Doncaster 

Exeter 4-0 Plymouth, Colchester 3-1 Newport, Crawley 0-4 Swindon, Forest Green P-P Crewe, Grimsby P-P Cheltenham, Leyton Orient 1-1 Carlisle, Macclesfield P-P Bradford City, Northampton 2-0 Cambridge, Port Vale 0-0 Oldham, Salford 1-1 Scunthorpe, Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe, Walsall 1-2 Mansfield

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Carabao Cup roundup: Norwich are dumped out by League Two Crawley
• Crystal Palace lose to Colchester after penalty shootout
• Sheffield United, Brighton, Watford and Southampton win

Norwich were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Crawley as Bez Lubala’s deflected first-half shot was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Town.

Daniel Farke’s decision to change all 11 starters for the Canaries proved costly as the Premier League new boys produced a disjointed performance and were duly punished.

Related: Aston Villa show their class in comfortable win over Crewe

Related: Jack Wilshere kickstarts West Ham’s Carabao Cup victory over Newport

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Football League: Woodgate gets first Middlesbrough win while Derby lose

• Assombalonga sinks Wigan; Derby slip against Bristol City
• Sheffield Wednesday go top with win against Luton

Jonathan Woodgate said Middlesbrough remain “a work in progress” despite his first win as head coach against Wigan.

Britt Assombalonga’s 23rd-minute header was enough to seal Woodgate’s first three points since succeeding Tony Pulis in the summer. But the Middlesbrough manager, knowing his team were far from convincing, does not want anyone to get carried away and has warned that there will be peaks and troughs throughout his first season in charge.

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Tom Cairney’s thunderbolt sees off Blackburn and gives Fulham first win

After suffering a shock opening-day defeat to a newly promoted side, it was imperative for Scott Parker that his Fulham team got their first league win in their clash with Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage. But more than that, he wanted to see “bravery” from the Championship favourites to continue playing out from the back - even when the home fans made their frustrations about Fulham’s new style of play perfectly clear.

Parker, though, was vindicated after Tom Cairney’s superb long-range strike in the 35th minute handed the hosts the lead before Aleksandar Mitrovic’s tap-in with nine minutes remaining secured a 2-0 win.

Related: Nottingham Forest scramble point at Leeds with Grabban goal

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Ten of the best transfers by Championship clubs this summer

A few new (and familiar) faces will be hoping to impress when the Championship season kicks off on Friday night

By Martin Laurence for WhoScored

Following their relegation from the Premier League and the departures of both Aron Gunnarsson and Victor Camarasa, Cardiff City were in desperate need of midfield reinforcements. Will Vaulks is an excellent addition. He chipped in with seven goals and seven assists last season while captaining Rotherham and should prove to be a real asset with and without the ball. Strong in the tackle and great in the air, with a cannon of a throw-in to boot, he’ll be a key player.

Related: Charlton's academy keeps producing young players who make the grade

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5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves

5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves Swap deals between clubs playing in the same league are rare occurrences in football, especially in the Premier League, where the clubs are rather reluctant to sell their star players to their rivals. Even if they do agree to do business, outright cash is what […]

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5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually

5 one-season wonders in the Premier League and what happened to them eventually When we talk about prolific goalscorers in the Premier League, the names of Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and more recently, Mo Salah and Harry Kane come to our mind. All the aforementioned players […]

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Aston Villa signing this skilled 25-year-old ace would boost creativity and goalscoring prowess up front

Aston Villa Opinion: Why Dean Smith should make a move for Bradley Dack? According to a report from The Sun, Aston Villa and Brighton are interested in signing Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack this summer. The 25-year-old midfielder was one of the standout players for Blackburn Rovers last season, as the Championship outfit finished 15th […]

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Crystal Palace should not hesitate to beat London rivals for this £18m-rated Championship star – Here is why

Crystal Palace Opinion: Eagles should beat West Ham to sign Bradley Dack According to reports from the Daily Mail, Premier League clubs West Ham and Crystal Palace are both plotting an audacious summer swoop on Blackburn Rovers for influential playmaker Bradley Dack. The Mail also understands that Blackburn have slapped a daunting £18 million price […]

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Marco Stiepermann to retain his spot? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Norwich City XI to face Blackburn Rovers

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers predictions: Norwich City line-up Norwich City welcome Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on Saturday needing just one point to seal Premier League promotion. The Canaries drew 2-2 with Stoke City on Monday but Leeds United’s loss to Brentford has put Daniel Farke’s men on the brink. Leaders Norwich now have […]

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Crystal Palace would work wonders next season if they manage to sign this 12-goal Championship playmaker

Crystal Palace Opinion: Why the Eagles should go all out for Bradley Dack Back in December 2018, the Sun claimed Crystal Palace were interested in signing Blackburn Rovers playmaker Bradley Dack in the January transfer window. Bradley Dack, 25, has impressed for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying six […]

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