Former EPL champion Blackburn plunges into 3rd tier

Former EPL champion Blackburn plunges into 3rd tier

Forest were in the bottom three at one point on the final day with Blackburn Rovers going 2-0 up at Brentford.

Rovers fans rode a whirl of emotions, lurching from optimism to joy, then to fear and, finally, sorrow and rage.

The Lancashire club dropped into the third tier for the first time in nearly four decades despite Sunday's 3-1 win at Griffin Park, with Nottingham Forest and Birmingham also victorious.

Blackburn's slide down the English soccer league plunged further on Sunday when the former Premier League champion was relegated to the third tier, intensifying the club's woes under its Indian owners.

Rovers were demoted on goal difference after Birmingham and Nottingham Forest both won. "The owners deserve it".

"Ideally we'll start this journey with it being as low as this club gets and move forward".

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the English Premier League top four with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates this morning.

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Lasse Vibe pulled one back for Brentford in the second half, before Craig Conway's penalty restored Blackburn's two-goal lead.

"I'll have a chat and see what their (Birmingham owners) ambitions are", Redknapp said.

Birmingham were the other side at risk of facing the drop, having slumped down the table since Gary Rowett's departure in December, but new boss Harry Redknapp ensured that survival was confirmed with a 1-0 triumph at Bristol City.

Blackburn midfielder Jason Lowe told Sky Sports: "It is a really disappointing day because we gave it absolutely everything".

"So it hasn't been an entirely smooth week for us but with one game to go as long as their knocks and niggles aren't going to cause a serious problem then I'm sure we are going to pick from the players that were available last week".

Forest's 3-0 home win over Ipswich proved emphatic enough to keep them up, two goals ahead of Blackburn, who joined Wigan and Rotherham in dropping out of the second tier.

Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham finished in the playoff places, with Fulham set to meet Reading in the first leg of the semi-finals next Saturday and Huddersfield taking on Wednesday a day later.

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