Shane Duffy scores for Brighton to haunt old club Blackburn

Duffy left the Ewood Park side before the close of the transfer window

Shane Duffy scores for Brighton to haunt old club Blackburn

Shane Duffy celebrates after Glenn Murray's goal against Blackburn Rovers. Picture by Martin Rickett PA Wire/PA Images

The final weeks of Shane Duffy's spell at Blackburn Rovers was not a happy one.

The Republic of Ireland left Blackburn before the end of the transfer window to join Brighton and Hove Albion. On the English south coast, Duffy has flourished under the guidance of Chris Hughton.

His final two league games for Blackburn, somehow saw him score three own goals and get sent off. His nadir came in a home game against Cardiff City.

On his first return to Ewood Park, since moving to Brighton, Duffy scored inside the first 20 minutes to banish those demons. He even celebrated against his old team, breaking an unwritten rule of what has seemingly become the norm in the modern game.

The move to Brighton has turned out to be a shrewd move for the Derry defender. The Seagulls are top of The Championship, two points clear of Newcastle, but having played a game more.

At the other end of the table, Blackburn are in a relegation battle. Owen Coyle's side are in 22nd place, two points off safety.

Duffy's goal helped Brighton to a 3-2 win. They are now 15 games unbeaten.