Oliver Walker-Peel hands out his ratings from Rovers’ disappointing draw at home to Coventry…
Thomas Kaminski 5
Kaminski was a passenger all afternoon and I genuinely cannot remember a save he had to make. Beaten by a good strike from Matty James and a lack of protection in front of him, our number one could have made about seven cups of tea within that ninety minutes and still have been fine. Average at best and that’s not even a condemnation.
Ryan Nyambe 6
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‘The Namibian Cafu’ showed really good drive and put in brilliant work to provide for Brereton’s goal. Always looking positive and looking to attack, the right channel was looking a good avenue into that Coventry defence, particularly in that first half. You know what you are getting from Ryan Nyambe and he provided that today, a solid performance with some great attacking play.
Jarrad Branthwaite 3
I wish I did not have to slander a player with so little experience and a massive amount of potential but let’s face it, he was dreadful today. At fault for the goal by not using his best attribute of height, he often found himself caught out inexplicably. He was on thin ice heading into this game and all of a sudden, it may well have just melted.
Darragh Lenihan 5
A return for our Irish centre-half from injury provided some much needed optimism when the team was announced and he had to almost cover for Branthwaite throughout most of the ninety minutes. A sight all Rovers fans loved to see, Darragh Lenihan back marshalling the defence will be something that will accrue points by itself throughout the rest of the season and will be key in assuaging any small relegation fears that have crept in recently.
Barry Douglas 5
Barry Douglas started the game as perhaps Rovers’ brightest outlet, as his attacking play brought back memories of his outstanding performance in the reverse fixture at St. Andrews that now feels like a lifetime ago. Hitting the woodwork with a wicked delivery in the first half, he showed glimpses of why we were buzzing to acquire him in the first place. He found himself caught out in the second half, often giving the ball away in needless areas. A positive start that petered out, Douglas will have to step it up if he is to be offered a deal at Ewood for next season, as Harry Pickering looks set to be a welcome reprieve for all Blackburn fans when he arrives in the summer.
Lewis Travis 5
Battled hard in midfield and got taken off just as we started to get overrun. Travis is not yet at his optimal best after returning from injury and that notion is showing in his performances as of late.
Corry Evans 6
A player I did not have in my starting eleven for today, Evans acquitted himself brilliantly inside the engine room. Reliable and tidy in midfield, he was replaced with fifteen minutes to go as we searched for a winner.
Joe Rothwell 5
Rothwell was enterprising, as he found himself in great positions but something was not utilised to his full potential. His driving run where he picked the ball up in midfield and drove the ball about thirty yards shows Joe Rothwell in microcosm, whose obvious talent could be a huge loss if we are unable to tie him down to a new deal.
Ben Brereton 7 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
The man of the match by some way this afternoon, Ben Brereton’s reintroduction into the starting eleven was a fruitful one. Took his goal with some aplomb after brilliant supply from Ryan Nyambe and generally looked class on the ball. The only positive I am taking from this afternoon’s game, Brereton’s performance provided a taster of what is to come if he can cement a starting spot in the side.
Adam Armstrong 4
Potentially a bit harsh since he got absolutely no service, but a rough patch for our Angel of the North continues. Spurning a massive chance at 1-0 that if taken would have created some breathing space, his wastefulness in front of goal when he was presented with even a half chance in the run was exemplified.
Harvey Elliott 5
Gaining universal plaudits for his incredibly well-taken goal in midweek, he was quiet in this weekend’s encounter. Unable to breach the Sky Blues defence, his slick footwork was aesthetically pleasing as always, but did not amount to anything productive.
Tom Trybull (on 62 mins, replacing Lewis Travis) 5
Contrary to what I have seen on social media, I thought Tom Trybull played well after his introduction. Despite giving the ball away on occasion, he slotted in alongside Corry Evans without playing brilliantly in my opinion.
Bradley Dack (on 75 mins, replacing Corry Evans) 4
The fact that a 80% fit (if that) Bradley Dack came on twelve minutes before Dolan baffles me. He looked lethargic on the ball, epitomised by misplacing a simple pass leading to the concession of a throw-in mere seconds after coming on. Still not ready.
Tyhrys Dolan (on 87 mins, replacing Joe Rothwell) N/A
Three minutes plus stoppage time? Have a word TM.
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