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Ireland International's First Goal In Two Years Sees Blackburn Beat Hull

Ireland International's First Goal In Two Years Sees Blackburn Beat Hull
By PJ Browne

Derrick Williams's first goal two years saw Blackburn beat Hull in the Championship on Tuesday night.

The Ireland international headed a cross from Stewart Downing to the net in the 62nd minute at the KCOM Stadium. It was the 26-year-old defender's first goal since he scored for Blackburn against MK Dons in League One in August 2017.

"I should be scoring a lot more," Williams told Sky Sports after the game.

"I'm just happy one finally went in."

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His goal celebration involved both thumb-sucking and cradle-rocking.

"I had a baby girl about four weeks ago," he explained.

"I'm buzzing and that was for her."

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The Waterford man was partnered at the heart of the Blackburn defence by another Irish international, Meath's Darragh Lenihan.

"I spoke to the gaffer last season and said, 'I want to focus all my energy on centre-half now," said Williams.

"I was getting fed up of switching between left-back and centre-half. I said I want to be the best that I can in one position. Lucky enough, he agreed. I need a lot more work in there but I feel comfortable."

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