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Newcastle win Championship, Blackburn relegated on dramatic final day


Rafael Benitez-managed Newcastle did what it had to do beating Barnsley 3-0 but it took a howler from Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale to ensure it returned to the top flight as the champion.

Blackburn Rovers fans are dejected after the final whistle during their English Championship soccer match against Brentford at Griffin Park, London, Sunday, May 7, 2017.

A 3-0 victory for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich and 1-0 success for Birmingham at Bristol City made Blackburn's efforts redundant and they drop into League One for the first time in nearly four decades.

With Birmingham only leading 1-0 against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, a goal for the Robins would have sent Blues down instead of Blackburn - but Harry Redknapp's side held on.

However, that did not happen.

I was really surprised that night that there was so many Rovers fans because I was coming into the club on the acceptance that there was a lot of unrest and disenchantment and disconnect with the fans and the team and the ownership. "The owners deserve it".

Sutton tweeted: "Sad day for Blackburn Rovers".

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Chris Sutton, who partnered Shearer up front during Blackburn's EPL-winning season in 1994/95, also directed his frustration at the club's owners - Indian poultry firm Venkys. The Venkys have let the club down.

Blackburn had lifted themselves out of the drop zone earlier in the day thanks to Mulgrew's superb free-kick into the top corner.

Blackburn Rovers have dropped into the third tier of English football, despite a valiant 3-1 away win at Brentford on a dramatic final day in the Championship.

This Blackburn fan feels like they got exactly what they deserved. We knew what was at stake and the consequences, the significance, the implications.

Things had looked extremely rosy for Rovers early on as it stormed into a 2-0 lead - Scottish worldwide midfielder Charlie Mulgrew's goal, a delightful freekick, the pick of the two.

That had Forest manager Mark Warburton, who took the job after an acrimonious departure from Scottish giants Rangers earlier this season, charging down the touchline and fist-pumping in celebration.

Britt Assombalonga scored twice and missed a penalty as two-time European champions Forest survived on goal difference.

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