x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Warnock worth a cheer

Sam Allardyce, the Blackburn manager, says that the defender deserves a warm reception when he returns to Ewood Park today.

Sam Allardyce, the Blackburn manager, says that Stephen Warnock deserves a warm reception when he returns to Ewood Park today. The 27-year-old left-back joined Aston Villa for £8m (Dh47m) last month. "He got the move he wanted and we got the money that matched what we felt his value was. "We were satisfied with that, even though we were disappointed to lose our player of the year. He has been a great servant to Blackburn," said Allardyce. Villa's 12 points from five games is their best start to a season in 10 years, and victory today would equal the club record on five successive Premier League wins. Blackburn have won just once all season and have only scored in two league games. Blackburn v Villa, 6pm, Show Comedy Extra

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