Ratings: Defensively solid Rovers struggle going forward


Mark Whittle hands out his ratings from Rovers’ defeat at QPR…

Thomas Kaminski 7

His usual calm and reassured self. Distribution good, tried to get the ball out to the front players at every opportunity. He did not have a save to make to note. Was the quieter of the two goalkeepers yet he was the one picking the ball out from the back of his net. Could not do anything about QPR’s goal after ping-pong ball in the box before Barbet put away in the corner. 

Ryan Nyambe 7

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Started the game a bit shaky as Ilias Chair looked to give him a difficult time, although he recovered well and grew into the match as the game went on. Had a couple of good runs forward and he had a good battle with Lee Wallace down that side. Was substituted midway through the second half, making way for the debutant Harwood-Bellis.

Darragh Lenihan 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

Another commanding performance from Lenihan carrying on his decent good run of form. Rovers were by in large solid defensively. Disappointing to concede a goal following another set piece, but other than that kept Austin and Dykes relatively quiet with chances few and far between for the strike pair. Good battle with Dykes. His partnership with Branthwaite continues to grow.

Jarrad Branthwaite 7

Continuing his good partnership alongside Lenihan. Was not really troubled and gave as good as he got against the experienced Charlie Austin. He will be disappointed with QPR’s goal as his half clearance fell to the feet of Barbet, after a bit of ping-pong in the box, who calmly put Rangers in front, which ultimately was the winning goal of the game.

Amari’i Bell 7

Back in the starting line-up following Douglas’ absence from the squad. He did not really put a foot wrong defensively as Rovers defended reasonably well on the day. He looked calm and composed and looked to get forward as much as possible. Showed some nice touches and got into some good attacking positions.

Lewis Travis 7

I thought Travis looked to be back to his best as the Lewis Travis we all know and love – back to being a pest for the opposition. He was Rovers’ best midfield player on the day. Tried to make things happen and made life difficult for the QPR midfield.

Jacob Davenport 6

Did not really happen for Davenport unfortunately. Felt he struggled to get into the match, possibly due to him picking up an early yellow card so he was always walking on a tightrope. He was substituted as part of Mowbray’s triple change half-way through the second half.

Joe Rothwell 6

We did not really see the best of Rothwell. Again, another player who struggled to stamp his authority in the match, as he could not seem to get on the ball to display his quality, with any driving runs that could have troubled the Rangers backline. Another who ultimately made way as Mowbray looked to get Rovers back on the match.

Harvey Elliott 6

Not the best game for Elliott in a Rovers shirt. Like Rothwell, did not really show the quality he has to open the QPR defence. He had a glorious chance to put Rovers in the lead in the first half, but he blazed he effort well over the crossbar, which probably summed up his afternoon.

Sam Gallagher 7

He posed a threat in stages during the first half with a couple of dangerous runs, but seemingly went quiet as the match went on as Rovers pushed for an equaliser. Mowbray replaced Gallagher with Dolan as he tried to inject Dolan’s pace into the game.

Adam Armstrong 7

How did Armstrong not score in this match? He did everything but put the ball in the back of the QPR net. He was denied by excellent goalkeeping and last ditch defending. On another day, Armstrong scores a hat-trick. Two fantastic saves by Dieng and a crucial block by Dickie halted Armstrong adding to his already impressive goal tally this season. Good battle throughout with Dickie.


Taylor Harwood-Bellis 6 (replacing Ryan Nyambe, 62 mins) 

Difficult game to come on and make his debut as Rovers were chasing an equaliser. Came on for Nyambe to play in an unfamiliar right back position. One or two balls went wayward. Tried to impose his height towards the end with Rovers going direct, hoping for the ball to bounce their way.

Bradley Dack 6 (replacing Joe Rothwell, 62 mins) 

Dack found it difficult to get into the match. Had to come deep searching for the ball with plenty of running. Showed one of two nice touches, one setting up Armstrong who nearly scored had it not been from an excellent save from Dieng.

Lewis Holtby N/A (replacing Jacob Davenport, 62 mins) 

Only had around 15 minutes on the pitch before going off injured himself after an innocuous challenge from Adomah – which Holtby was lucky to get the freekick from. Having some bad luck with injuries in a stop, start season for him.

Tyrhys Dolan 5 (replacing Sam Gallagher, 74 mins) 

Final throw of the dice for Mowbray as he tried to inject Dolans’ pace in the final stages. A couple of dribbles as runs as you would have expected from him, but not enough time for him to really make his mark.

Ben Brereton 5 (replacing Lewis Holtby, 78 mins)

Came on for the injured Holtby. Would have been nice if he had come on and scored an equaliser, but not enough time for him to create much or make an impact. Possibly should have come on earlier than he did.

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