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'Excellent' Irish youngster impresses Blackburn boss Lambert

Darragh Lenihan was singled out for praise by his manager.

Darragh Lenihan.
Darragh Lenihan.

BLACKBURN ROVERS MANAGER Paul Lambert has tipped Darragh Lenihan to be “a really good footballer” after being impressed by his performance in Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers last night.

With Blackburn trailing 1-0 at home, Lenihan was introduced as a 66th-minute replacement for Northern Ireland international Corry Evans and made an impact as they fought back to earn a 1-1 draw.

The 21-year-old Dunboyne native was later tasked with filling in at centre-back following an injury to compatriot Shane Duffy, who limped off after 77 minutes with a groin issue.

“Darragh is only a young kid but he’s certainly knocking on the door for a start, that’s for sure,” Lambert told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I thought Darragh was excellent when he came on in midfield and excellent when he went to centre-half.

“I think he’s got a decent chance of being a really good footballer.”

A former Belvedere youth player, Lenihan has captained the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.

He has previously enjoyed a loan spell at Burton Albion under then-manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and has made two league appearances this season.

Blackburn’s search for a win goes on after the 1-1 draw and the result means they sit 18th in the Championship, without a win in their last five games.

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