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Friday 9 December 2016

Dub Darragh gets praise for impressive Blackburn debut

Blackburn

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer (pictured) has been singing the praises of Ireland U21 cap Darragh Lenihan following an impressive debut from the Dubliner this week.

Ex-Belvedere lad Lehihan has been forced to bide his time at Ewood Park and spent time out on loan to Burton Albion earlier this season, but has been on the fringes at Blackburn in recent weeks and was introduced as a first-half sub in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Millwall, a result which pushed David Forde's side closer to relegation.

"About a year ago we started playing Darragh at centre-half in the U21s just to see if that could be his position and thank God we did as it certainly helped us on Tuesday," said Bowyer.

"I thought he did terrifically well up against Ricardo Fuller, who has been there, seen it and done it.

"It was a hell of a test for him and he stood up it and grew in confidence. He backs his ability and rightly so and we're delighted he helped us keep a clean sheet."

Lenihan, 21, now hopes to feature in the starting XI with Blackburn in their remaining games in the Championship season, away to Huddersfield on Saturday and then the season finale against a promotion-chasing Ipswich Town.

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