Mark Whittle hands out his ratings from Rovers’ loss at Barnsley…
Thomas Kaminski 7
He was his reliable self. Could not do anything with the Barnsley goals as the defence in front of him gave Morris plenty of room to curl the ball around the Rovers ‘keeper for the first and Mowatt rounded him to finish the game off in the last minute. Made a particularly good save in the first half as he tipped Adeboyejo’s effort over the bar after a quick free kick from the hosts.
Elliott Bennett 6
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First Rovers start since Millwall away last July. A surprise starting place in a wing back role in the absence of Nyambe. His most notable contribution a driving run just after half time in which he was brought down. Had he not been fouled he would have been through into a good position as chances were few and far between on the night for Rovers.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis 6
First Rovers start in a new look back three. Generally looked solid enough until Barnsley made their substitutions. He did not close Morris quick enough as he curled the ball around into the corner of Kaminski’s net for Barnsley’s opening goal.
Darragh Lenihan 6
Again, Rovers looked solid enough at the back until Barnsley made the substitutions and scored the opening goal. After that, the defence looked all over the place and lapses in concentration began to appear as Rovers searched desperately to get back into the game.
Jarrad Branthwaite 6
Much better than he was against Preston last Friday night. As with all the defence they went to pieces once Barnsley has taken the lead and it was an uphill struggle from there.
Barry Douglas (MAN OF THE MATCH) 7
Rovers’ best player of the night. Got forward into some good attacking areas. Defended well enough. Great work down the left created one of Rovers’ best chances of the night as he set up Dack for a free header just before half-time which the forward should have done better with. The new formation looked to suit Douglas.
Lewis Travis 5
Huffed and puffed. Put his foot in but Rovers never really got going in midfield.
Stewart Downing 5
Quiet night for Downing. One or two decent touches and a couple of good deliveries into the box without anyone capitalising on them, but mainly struggled on a boggy pitch before making way as Mowbray made a triple substitution after 75 minutes.
Bradley Dack 5
Plenty of running and endeavour as he continues to get crucial game time on his return from injury. Possibly unlucky to get a penalty around the 20-minute mark. Had a glorious chance to put Rovers in front just before the break after good work from Douglas gave Dack a free header which he failed to get on target. Probably knows he should have done better with that.
Sam Gallagher 6
Worked tirelessly for the team and looked decent in central positions with a couple of driving runs forward in the first half without any real final product as chances became few and far between as the match wore on for Rovers.
Adam Armstrong 6
Got another goal to his tally in a quiet night for the frontman as he was starved of any real service. Worked hard for the team though.
Tyhrys Dolan 4 (on 76 mins, replacing Elliott Bennett)
Difficult game to come on and make an impact as Rovers were chasing the game and Barnsley were in the ascendency at that point. Substitutions probably made too late by Mowbray whereas the Barnsley manager got his spot on at the right time of the game.
Harvey Elliott 5 (on 76 mins, replacing Bradley Dack)
Should have come on a lot earlier for his creativity but again left too late. He did get another assist for Armstrong although you do wonder what impact he would have had if brought on earlier.
Corry Evans 4 (on 76 mins, replacing Stewart Downing)
Again, not enough time to make any impact. Replaced the tired legs of Downing as Mowbray looked to change personnel hoping Rovers would get back in the game.
Joe Rothwell N/A (on 84 mins for Lewis Travis)
Mowbray was using his final throw of the dice to see if Rothwell could produce some late magic.
Ben Brereton N/A (on 87 mins for Sam Gallagher)
Should have been brought on earlier.
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