Ratings: Makeshift defence stands strong in Birmingham victory

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Daniel Ainsworth hands out his player ratings as Rovers run out as 2-0 victors over Birmingham City…

Thomas Kaminski 7

Wasn’t tested too much, but stood up to the occasion when asked to. He made a key save towards the end as substitute Hogan tried to go around him. Can’t complain when he keeps a clean sheet – that’s his job!

Barry Douglas 8

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Up there for the Man Of The Match ‘award’, and his best performance since signing on loan. Solid defensively despite being on the wrong side of the defence, and was up there in all the statistics.

Darragh Lenihan 7

Led the line well and it is clear to see how he controlled the defence both vocally and physically. Played a big part in keeping the Birmingham attackers quiet.

Bradley Johnson 8

Dealt with Jutkiewicz’s physicality very well, keeping the experienced striker quiet through the game. Distribution was up there as well. Just an all-round solid performance.

Amari’i Bell 7

A player who often receives (sometimes unwarranted) criticism, but definitely deserves credit here. His ability to get up and down the line was a big help, and suits the set-up well. Did his chances of a run in the side no harm whatsoever.

Lewis Travis 7

Was a surprise to see him back in the line-up, but a much welcomed addition to the side – he showed us exactly what we have been missing. Left no blade of grass uncovered, his usual tough tackling self and played over an hour. A good day all round for Trav.

Jacob Davenport 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

His first start for the club and an impressive performance. Covered the back four very well, looked a composed figure and put in a strong claim for a run in the team. Promising signs, and long may it continue.

Harvey Elliott 7

Picked up his sixth assist of the season – and his third for Armstrong – with a delightful ball through the middle. Had a quiet second half before being withdrawn for Dack.

Sam Gallagher 7

Was a constant threat in the air, winning 12 aerial battles, and was energetic throughout the match. Should have done better with a chance in the second half, but a decent performance from Gally.

Adam Armstrong 7

Took his chance well and got his first of what will hopefully be many goals for the club in 2021. Wasn’t given much in the second half as Rovers were poor with the ball.

Ben Brereton 6

Full of energy and drove well at the Birmingham defence. He just lacked that final bit that we’ve seen on several occasions this season.

Substitutions: 

Bradley Dack (replacing Harvey Elliott, 65 minutes) 7

What a moment! Wanted to get on the ball, and took his goal really well. Hopefully the start of many goals after the injury.

Joe Rothwell (replacing Ben Brereton, 65 minutes) 6

Couldn’t get up to his usual stuff as Rovers struggled to get onto the ball. Played a good ball for Dolan that ended up in Dack’s goal.

Tom Trybull (replacing Lewis Travis, 69 minutes) 6

Came on and did what he needed to really, providing protection for the defence.

Tyrhys Dolan (replacing Adam Armstrong, 84 minutes) 7

He brought Rovers to life off the bench and was a willing runner. Did really well to setup Bradley Dack’s goal. Should be given a start in the coming weeks.

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