After a good Euro 2016, Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy returned with his reputation very much enhanced. However, the Blackburn Rovers defender has since endured a horror start to the season, netting three own-goals already, including two against Cardiff City on Wednesday night.
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Duffy was forced to delete his Twitter account after receiving a torrent of abuse following his own-goal in Blackburn's 3-0 defeat to Wigan.
The highs in David Bentley's career may have ended up being few and far between – and we're mostly talking about scoring from the halfway line for Tottenhamagainst Arsenal and tipping a barrel of icy water over Harry Redknapp live on televisionhere.
However,after his first match as a full-time Blackburn player it seemed the world should havebeen his lobster.
Under Roy Hodgson's guidance, Blackburn Rovers were attempting to regain the heights that had seen them take the Premier League title in 1995/96.
That success had been followed by a season of abject disappointment after reigning champions Rovers first floggedtheir main goal threat, Alan Shearer, for a world-record £15million fee and then proceeded to wash up in 13th place in the 1996/97 campaign.
We originally earmarked this goal for inclusion in our 'When Crap Players Score Great Goals' feature yesterday, but we felt we were being a touch harsh on Steven Reid who wasn't really all that crap, just remorselessly hampered by injuries throughout the latter half of his career.
We all knew this day would come eventually, but Brad Friedel has announced that he is to retire at the end of the current season.
Born in the same year the food processor was invented, Friedel will become the oldest player in Premier League history should he be given a ceremonial run-out during either of Tottenham's finaltwo games.
After a difficult couple of weeks, Liverpool gave their fans something to shout about on Wednesday night, with the Reds booking their place at Wembley after a hard-fought win away at Blackburn.
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Without the suspended Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel and Emre Can, the Reds found it difficult to get their passing game going on a poor pitch, while Blackburn, with in-form targetman Rudy Gestade only on the bench, struggled to muster any sort of attacking threat.
French playmaker Dimitri Payet has one of the stars of the season so far, with the Frenchman's eye for a goal and creativity firing West Ham to what has been a superb campaign in both the league and FA Cup. On Sunday against Blackburn Rovers, the 28-year-old netted two fantastic goals which helped the Hammers to a 5-1 win and set up a quarter-final clash with either Manchester United or Shrewsbury Town.
Fresh from battering MK Dons 5-1 on Sunday, Guus Hiddink's Chelsea were handed a titanic clash when the 5th round draw was made, with Manchester City travelling to Stamford Bridge in what should be a classic encounter.
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Holders Arsenal will host Hull City, in what will be a repeat of the 2013/14 final (they also met in the 3rd round last season), while Manchester United will travel to New Meadow to face League One side Shrewsbury Town.
Liverpool progressed to the semi finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening after a 70 minute Philippe Coutinho strike was enough to see Brendan Rodgers' side through. It was a tough game for the Reds who held a lot of possession but did little with it.
Brendan Rodgers thought the much-publicized review meeting he held with Liverpool's players on Sunday paved the way for them to get back to winning ways in the FA Cup.
The Reds boss had denied a report that an internal meeting following the 4-1 defeat to Arsenal had descended into crisis talks and his players responded on the pitch by booking their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a hard-fought 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn.
Kick-off of Oldham Athletics's pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend had to be delayed by several minutes after a throng of unwanted guests stormed the pitchand set up camp in one of the goalmouths.
Whileinspecting the pitch before the game, the referee noticed that one of the goals had beenbesieged by a gigantic swarm of bees.
Despite the grumblings of the odd curmudgeon, AFC Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League in 2014-5 made it a memorable campaign for up and coming clubs last year and the competition looks perhaps yet more even this time out. Relegated clubs are usually among the picks to hop straight back but here is our assessment of the riders and runners for the fray that commences tomorrow evening.
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This summer, a serious new broom is sweeping through Loftus Road, the current home of Queens Park Rangers.
Four new players have joined since the cessation of hostilities in May and each has a very different image from the ragbag of a shower of ex-internationals, cronies and never has-beens brought to Shepherd's Bush by Harry Redknapp and others.
Next up in our summer series is Phil Lloyd who initially got in touch to contribute an entry to our Great Football League Teams series back in 2012 but has since been forced by the continuing tenure of Venky's at Ewood Park to restrict his missives to contemporary matters. Phil can be followed on twitter at @PhilLloyd6.
Former Dynamo coach has new coaching job in England.
Barely a week after leaving the Houston Dynamo to be closer to his family, Owen Coyle has been announced as the new manager for the Blackburn Rovers. Coyle signed a two year deal with the Championship level club. Coyle has previously managed Burnley and the Bolton Wanders as well as a short stint with Wigan.
Turkey's legendary strikerHakan Sukurcould face up to four years in prison after the former Galatasaray and Inter Milan star was charged by Turkish prosecutors with insulting President Erdogan on Twitter.
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According to a Turkish news agency, the 44-year-old 'Bull of the Bosphorus' posted Tweets from his @HakanSukur account which contained"insulting content against Mr President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son.
Despite having started the last few games (albeit out on the left wing), Danny Graham has been allowed to leave Sunderland in order to join Blackburn Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.
That said, given thatGraham departs with a frankly abysmal record of just 1 goal in 44 appearances for the Black Cats, it's perhaps not hard to see why Sam Allardyce was perfectly happy to let him swan off.