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Shane Duffy’s Cardiff calamity is the best – or worst – of the lot

| 18.08.2016

Shane Duffy’s nightmare game for Blackburn Rovers versus Cardiff City last night has been dubbed the biggest calamity in football.

That’s according to our Twitter poll today, which asked @Ladbrokes followers where his torrid performance ranked against previous dismal efforts from Jonathan Woodgate, Steven Gerrard and Jonathan Walters.

Duffy scored two own goals last night – he scored another last weekend too – before getting sent off in stoppage time as Rovers lost 2-1 in the Welsh capital.

The Irishman was more successful in today’s poll though, topping it with 38 per cent of the vote.

That saw the defender come top, ahead of Gerrard’s 38 seconds of hell for Liverpool against Manchester United in 2015.

The then-Anfield skipper came on as a half-time substitute in the historic clash, only to be shown a straight red less than a minute later for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

We reckon a few Red Devils may have had their say today as the former England captain came second with 33 per cent of the vote.


Third place went to Woodgate and his infamous debut for Real Madrid back in 2005.

Los Blancos had to wait over a year for the central defender to overcome injury, after his move from Newcastle, but following his bow perhaps they wished he’d remained on the treatment table.

Woodgate nodded home a superb flicked header into his own net versus Athletic Bilbao, before receiving two yellow cards and being given his marching orders.

“It was not the best start in the world,” Woodgate accurately surmised afterwards.

And in fourth place came Walters, who arguably had a worse game than Woodgate when Stoke hosted Chelsea in January 2013.

The Ireland international missed a penalty and scored two own goals, as the Potters lost 4-0.

Some way to end a 17-game unbeaten home run in the league!

Walters wasn’t much more successful in our poll today either, coming last with nine per cent.

But maybe that just means most people have forgotten about it already? Cheer up, Jon!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.