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Heartbreak for Blackburn's Irish contingent as they win - but can't beat relegation to League One

Wins for Birmingham and Nottingham Forest keep them safe at Blackburn’s expense.

Brentford v Blackburn Rovers - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park Source: Lauren Hurley

BLACKBURN ROVERS WERE relegated to English football’s third tier for the first time in 37 years despite a 3-1 win away to Brentford on the final day of the Championship.

Tony Mowbray’s side knew that a win would not necessarily be enough to keep them safe, with fellow strugglers Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest holding marginally better hands at the start of play on Sunday.

And as it happened, Birmingham snatched a 1-0 win away to Bristol City thanks to Che Adams’ early goal, while Forest were 3-0 winners at home to Ipswich.

It leaves the bottom of the Championship table looking like this, with Forest surviving by virtue of their better goal difference:

table Source: The42

Blackburn have four Irish players on their books at present – Anthony Stokes, Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams, while Tommie Hoban is currently at the club on loan from Watford.

Birmingham stay up following their second win in three games under manager Harry Redknapp, who was brought in to replace Gianfranco Zola and save the Blues’ Championship status only three weeks ago.

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