Howard Abbott hands out his ratings from the loss at Nottingham Forest…
Thomas Kaminski 6
Couldn’t do much to prevent the goal due to the deflection, but made some half decent saves throughout, especially to tip Christies strike from range onto the post.
Ryan Nyambe 7
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Looked a threat throughout. Ribeiro struggled to contain him going forward, as shown with his brilliant work in winning the penalty. Also had an important clearance off the line early on. Was subbed late in injury time due to an injury. Makes you wonder why this man isn’t the first name on the team sheet every game, never mind the 20-man squad.
Taylor Harwood Bellis 5
Thought he struggled in truth. Looked rash going into the tackle, even after his early booking. Will be good experience for him at this level coming up against a player of Murray’s quality
Jarred Branthwaite 6
An average game to add to his mixed bag of performances so far in a Rovers shirt. Made some good tackles and kept Murray at bay well.
Amari’I Bell 5
Knockaert ran Bell ragged, especially in the first half, but as the Frenchman’s impact on the game died down, Bell had opportunity to push forward and found himself in good positions. However, as we’ve often seen previously, his decision making and final ball let him down.
Lewis Travis 6
A really hard one to figure out. Worked as hard as he usually does, but was quite sloppy at times in the game. Had a good opportunity at 0-0, but hit straight at Samba
Jacob Davenport (MAN OF THE MATCH) 7
Tenacious is the best word I can think of to describe Jacob Davenports performance. Quick into tackles, brilliant on the press, tidy on the ball with a good pass on him, giving me Harrison Reed vibes in the process. Taken his chance in a Rovers shirt over the past few months. Man of the match for me.
Sam Gallagher 4
Had a pretty torrid time. Lost the ball frequently, provided little going forward in terms of being an outlet. Shame considering his improvement during our recent struggles, but hardly surprising after hearing about his injury.
Harvey Elliott 5
Another tough game. He constantly wanted the ball, trying to make things happen, but like many games over the past month, it just hasn’t worked out. I feel at times during the game you could almost say he was too intelligent with his passes and movement.
Ben Brereton 6
Impressive first half. Again, like Elliott, looked for the ball and wasn’t scared to drive at the defence. Had a few efforts but struggled to really work Samba. Subbed on the 64th minute, which seemed fair as he struggled to get involved second half.
Adam Armstrong 6
Looked sharp. Got in behind and looked a constant threat. Was unlucky with the effort from range in the closing stages of the first half. Unfortunately, the only thing we will remember from this performance was the penalty. At such a key point in the game and season, he has to make the most of it.
Bradley Dack (replacing Sam Gallagher, 46 mins) 5
Was dropped for the game after a poor performance midweek, and came on at half time for Gallagher. But again, failed to make the impact we’ve come to know Dack for. Tried to release his inner Aaron Rodgers, taking a more ‘quarterback’ role, without any success.
Tyrhys Dolan (replacing Ben Brereton, 64 mins) 5
Came on for Brereton on the 64th minute. Never really made any sort of impact, in what seemed a game well suited to him. Surely can’t be long until he gets himself a start?
Joe Rothwell (replacing Lewis Travis, 86 mins) N/A
Came on way too late to make any sort of impact. In truth, seemed like another desperate roll of the dice from Mowbray
John Buckley (replacing Jacob Davenport, 86 mins) N/A
Same as Rothwell really, other than the fact I never really thought it was a game he would really make an impact in.
Elliott Bennett (replacing Ryan Nyambe, 90+1 mins) N/A
Came on the for the injured Nyambe in injury time