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Football: Reformed Todd gets Rovers' reward; Portsmouth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 Blackburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.

Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS

BLACKBURN are to offer defender Andy Todd a new contract just months after he was told there was no future for him at Ewood Park.

Todd was given the cold shoulder by former manager Graeme Souness following a bust-up before their game against Leeds last April.

He did not play again for Rovers until Souness quit the club, but new boss Mark Hughes has resurrected a career which had been tarnished by off- the field behaviour.

The Rovers player was at the centre of more controversy during the 1-0 away success at Portsmouth.

But this time Todd was the victim of a head-butt from Pompey's Lomana Lua Lua.

A disappointing game was marred by referee Andy D'Urso awarding eight bookings - six for Rovers and two for Portsmouth - plus red cards for Lua Lua and teammate Amdy Faye.

The only bright spot was Morten Gamst Pedersen's well-taken 55th-minute goal from David Thompson's superb through-ball.

Boss Jordan admitted that Lua Lua deserved to be red carded and that he had apologised to the club.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2005
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