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One of Ireland's most promising defenders makes a brilliant goal-saving intervention

Blackburn earned a point against Bolton last night to move up to 20th in the Championship.


BLACKBURN HAD SHANE Duffy partially to thank after the team picked up a clean sheet against Bolton at Ewood Park last night.

The game ended 0-0, with the Ireland international making an impressive goal-line clearance from Emile Heskey’s shot late on, as Neil Lennon’s men had to be content with a point.

With John O’Shea not getting any younger and Marc Wilson struggling for first-team action of late, at least one of the central defensive slots in the national side could be up for grabs in the coming months.

However, Duffy — who has made one appearance for Ireland at senior level — still has some work to do convince Martin O’Neill of his ability to compete at the highest level.

The Derry native failed to make the provisional squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Gibraltar recently, with players such as Paul McShane and Alex Pearce preferred to the 23-year-old centre-back.

After leaving Everton last year, Duffy enjoyed a promising start to his Blackburn career, making 19 appearances in 2014-15 campaign before a serious knee injury ended his season this year.

Duffy has played in every minute of Blackburn’s Championship campaign so far this season, with Gary Bowyer’s side moving up to 20th in the table after earning a point last night.

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